International Women's Day heroes: Dina Asher-Smith - Women's Running

International Women’s Day heroes: Dina Asher-Smith

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  March 4, 2021

Join us for International Women’s Day to celebrate some of our heroes: today it's the fastest woman in British history, Dina Asher-Smith

In 2015, Dina became the fastest teenager of all time, posting 7.08 (equalling the British record and earning herself a silver medal) in the 60m at the European Indoor Championships. She then went on to become the first British woman to run sub-11 seconds in the 100m as well as the fastest teenager of all time over the 200m… all in one year! Not surprisingly, Dina was named Young Sportswoman of the Year at the Sunday Times and Sky Sports Sportswomen of the Year awards in 2015.

Dina scooped a gold in the 2016 European Championships in the 200m with 22.37 (her first senior outdoor title) and an Olympic bronze medal in the 4x100m relay – in another British record of 41.77 seconds. In 2017, she broke her foot, but she still managed to turn her year around with a silver at the world championships in the 4x100m relay.

Dina’s enviable triple gold in the European Champs (100m, 200m and relay), her pair of individual national records, and her Commonwealth Games relay gold and 200m bronze secure her place in sprinting history but she isn’t just a global sprinting icon.

She’s an inspiration to girls around the world. In 2017, she graduated from King’s College with a BA (Hons) in History, showing how you can train hard, study hard and achieve success. Her charismatic, down-to-earth personality has made the world fall in love with her and we’re sure she’ll be this summer’s Team GB poster girl.

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Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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