Dina Asher-Smith nearly clinches new record: highlights from the British Olympic trials - Women's Running

Dina Asher-Smith nearly clinches new record: highlights from the British Olympic trials

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  June 28, 2021

From Dina Asher-Smith being *this* close to a new British record to Holly Bradshaw making pole vault history, here's what you may have missed from the British Olympic trials...

After a tantalising wait, it’s finally time to start getting excited about the Tokyo Olympics. After pandemic delays and constant uncertainty, the games will officially begin on 23 July 2021.

This weekend’s British Athletics Championships in Manchester provided an opportunity for athletes to qualify, as long as they met the Olympic standard and finished in the top two in their selected event.

Jessica Turner was one of the first women to qualify over the weekend, storming into first place in the 400m hurdles with a time of 54.83. British runner and Olympian Eilidh Doyle took to Twitter to congratulate Turner on securing her place in the Tokyo games, calling it a “brilliant race”. Second place went to Meghan Beesley, who will also be on a plane to Tokyo later this summer to represent Great Britain.



There was tough competition in the women’s 400m, as several athletes had the time needed to qualify for this year’s Olympics. Jodie Williams and Nicole Yeargin got the top spots, and we’re looking forward to seeing them compete in Tokyo.

One of the best performances of the weekend was Holly Bradshaw’s pole vault, as she smashed a new PB with 4 metres 90 and secured a new British record. She’s now ranked third in the world, and we’ve got high hopes for her bringing home a medal in late July.

A few of our favourite famous faces were missing from the Manchester Regional Arena, including Katarina Johnson-Thompson who was granted medical exemption while she recovers from an injury to her Achilles. We’re sure we’ll see her back on our screens in Tokyo, though.

One big name it was impossible to miss was Dina Asher-Smith, who won the women’s 100m and more than secured herself a place at the Games. For a moment it looked like she might have smashed the British record with 10.71, but it was later clarified that the clock was showing the incorrect time. Still, she should be very pleased with 10.97, beating second-place qualifier Asha Philip by 0.45 seconds.

Stay tuned for our Olympic coverage as we close in on the Tokyo games.

Written by

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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