Tokyo 2020: Dina Asher-Smith misses out on 100m final as Daryll Neita pulls through - Women's Running

Tokyo 2020: Dina Asher-Smith misses out on 100m final as Daryll Neita pulls through

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  July 31, 2021

The women's 100m semi finals were a nail-biter, with a great result for Daryll Neita who goes on to the Olympic finals

It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for, as three of our best sprinters made a play for the women’s 100m Olympic final in Tokyo.

All eyes were on 25-year-old Dina Asher-Smith, as the world champion sprinter took on the first of the semi final races. There was a lot of pressure on her performance, with many considering her Team GB’s best chance at a 100m medal, but after battling with a hamstring injury we weren’t sure what we’d see from her.

She started strong, but wasn’t quite able to finish with as much certainty, falling into third place behind Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah and Switzerland’s Anja Del Ponte, and just missing out on automatic qualification with a time of 11:05. After an agonising wait to see if Dina would qualify as one of the fastest ‘losers’, it became clear that her time wouldn’t quite cut it and she narrowly missed out.

But all was not lost for Team GB’s fastest women – after an eight-place finish for sprinter Asha Philip in the second race, all of our hopes were pinned on 24-year-old Daryll Neita, who holds Britain’s second-fastest time after Asher-Smith.

An excellent race saw Neita battle for fourth place, behind frontrunner Shelly-Ann Fraser of Jamaica and Mujinga Kambundji of Switzerland, and just clinch it with an impressive 11:00. After another tense deliberation, we discovered that Neita’s 11 was marginally faster than Michelle-Lee Ahye’s similar time, qualifying her as a fastest ‘loser’ and winning her a place in the final. As the second ever British woman to break 11 second, which she did in the heats, we can’t wait to see how she performs.

Stay tuned for the results of the women’s 100m, as we cheer on Daryll Neita, and huge congratulations to both Dina Asher-Smith and Asha Philip for their performances throughout the Games.

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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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