Team GB athletes Dina Asher-Smith and Katarina Johnson-Thompson brought the majority of British medals home last week at this year’s World Athletics Championships in Doha. It wasn’t the best year for Brits, with our lowest total medal score since Helsinki in 2005, but, without Asher-Smith and Johnson-Thompson, Team GB would have totalled far less than their five medals.
It may have been a more uneventful competition than usual for the UK, but it was nothing short of record-breaking for Dina Asher-Smith, who became the first British athlete ever to win three medals at one world championship. The 23-year-old sprinter took home a gold and silver medal in the 200m and 100m respectively, as well as clinching the silver in the 4x100m relay with her team mates (Daryll Neita, Asha Philip and Ashleigh Nelson). Asher-Smith is the fastest British woman in recorded history.
Katarina Johnson-Thompson added another gold medal to the British tally with her heptathlon performance, winning with a British record of 6,981 points. This was also a personal victory for 26-year-old Johnson-Thompson, being her first global outdoor title. The record-breaker achieved PBs in the 100m hurdles and the javelin, moving on to beat the previous British best of 6,955 points set by Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill. She told BBC Sport that it had been her dream after “such a long road”.
Other highlights from British female athletes included both the mixed and women’s 4×400 relay teams, who both placed fourth and Laura Muir’s fifth-place success in the women’s 1500m.