Team GB pride soars for Daryll Neita in the women's 100m final, though it's a Jamaican 1-2-3
In a day of twists and turns for our Team GB women sprinters, it was Daryll Neita rather than Dina Asher-Smith that claimed a spot in the 100m final in Tokyo. After a brilliant 11:00 run in the semi finals, she slowed slightly to 11:12 in the finals and came in 8th place.
Her competition was incredibly tough, ending with a record-breaking win from Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah who retained her title with a new Olympic record of 10.61. Her rival, 34-year-old Shelly-Ann Fraser Pryce, came in second place after a flying start, narrowly missing out on the gold. She and fellow Jamaican Sherica Jackson congratulated Thompson-Hera frostily at the finish line.
Meanwhile, a heartbroken Dina Asher-Smith told the nation that she would be dropping out of the 200m event after a tough 100m semi final that saw her narrowly miss qualification. She told the BBC after her race that she’d been advised to pull out and revealed that she’d been struggling a lot more with her hamstring injury than she’d let on prior to the Games.
An emotional Dina explained that she’d been poised to pull out of Tokyo 2020 entirely following a false diagnosis, believing that she’d ruptured her hamstring. After further investigation, it was believed she would be able to forego surgery and compete, as the tear wasn’t as severe as originally indicated. Despite this, Dina was still struggling with the injury and told BBC Sport that she was proud to have been able to stand on the start line at all.
“Obviously I was not my normal self, but it has been quite a journey, so I’m really proud. The most frustrating thing is I was in the shape of my life – and I can say that with my hand on my heart,” she said.
She revealed that she had been confident she could win the women’s 100m before the injury, and thanked her friends and family for helping her to keep her ‘secret’ as she did everything she could to recover before the Games.
When she was asked about the 200m her emotion showed through and she became tearful, explaining that she’d love to compete but that her coach was wise to discourage her. Her bravery and determination shone through as always, and we can’t wait to see her back in action soon.