DINA ASHER-SMITH clinched a brilliant silver medal in the 100metres at the world championships in Doha last night but was denied gold by Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.
Seeking her first global outdoor title Asher-Smith ran the race of her life, producing a British record of 10.83 seconds but she had no answer to Fraser-Pryce, the two-time Olympic champion who stormed home in 10.71.
Asher-Smith, 23, is the first female British sprinter since Kathy Cook in 1983 to win an individual medal at the worlds and is among the favourites in the 200m, which starts today.
She told the BBC: ‘I’m really happy — a PB, a national record — it’s more than you could ask for. I would have loved to have won but Shelly-Ann did fantastic, which is why she has won so many titles and is an absolute legend.’