Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Dina Asher-Smith pulls out of Olympics 200m with hamstring injury | Olympic News

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Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Dina Asher-Smith pulls out of Olympics 200m with hamstring injury |  Olympic News

The 25-year-old failed to make the final of the 100m and then decided to withdraw from the 200m due to a hamstring injury she arrived at the Olympic Games with

Last Updated: 31/07/21 12:58pm

Dina Asher-Smith is out of the Tokyo Olympics 200m due to a hamstring injury

Dina Asher-Smith has withdrawn from the 200m at the Tokyo Olympic Games due to a hamstring injury.

The 25-year-old failed to make the final of the 100m and then decided to withdraw from the 200m due to a hamstring injury she is still recovering from.

Following her third place in the 100m semi-final heats, Asher-Smith revealed that she’d suffered an agonising hamstring tear in the final of the British Olympic trials.

Following discussions with coach John Blackie, Asher-Smith fought back the tears as she announced that she would have to withdraw from the 200m.

“I am going to pull out,” Asher-Smith said. “John just had that conversation with me and that is the one [that’s so tough].

“As a reigning world champion, and I was in such good shape, and you know that the Olympic champion is not too much of a further step.”

Prior to the Games, the sprinter had pulled out of events in Stockholm and Gateshead, but the true extent of the injury had not been made public.

Asher-Smith said that she was initially told in Manchester that she had ruptured her hamstring. She was advised that the injury would require surgery and three or four months of rehabilitation after that.

She gained a second opinion and that revealed her hamstring was still attached, but it was significantly torn.

Dina Asher-Smith still managed to run 11.05 despite only having a weeks' worth of sprint training immediately before the Games

Dina Asher-Smith still managed to run 11.05 despite only having a weeks’ worth of sprint training immediately before the Games

“The most frustrating thing for me is I was in the shape of my life and I can say that with my hand on heart,” Asher-Smith said straight after her 100m semi-final.

“If you asked me six weeks ago, I was very confident I was going to win this [the 100m]. I’m being completely frank because I knew that every part of my race – my start, transition and finish – were better than some of the fastest women in the world.

“When you get a hurdle like that [the injury], suddenly every re-jigs. I had the low of being told that it was impossible for me to even be in Tokyo. Then, being told that there was a chance.

“Thank you to all of my brilliant close friends who knew, and who have been with me emotionally. Thank you all for keeping my secrets.

“It’s been a journey. I am honestly so proud to have come out here and run a 11.05 off a week’s worth of sprint training, because I spent four weeks trying to run again.”

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