Dina Asher-Smith: Brit claims historic 200m GOLD at World Athletics Championships

Dina Asher-Smith has won a historic gold medal at the World Athletics Championships – powering to victory in the women’s 200m.

In doing so, the 23-year-old becomes the first British woman to win an individual world sprint title.

Asher-Smith built herself a great lead going round the bend

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Asher-Smith built herself a great lead going round the bend

She clocked 21.88 seconds to break a new national record and is also just the seventh British woman to claim world gold.

She joins Fatima Whitbread, Liz McColgan, Sally Gunnell, Paula Radcliffe, Christine Ohuruogu and Jessica Ennis-Hill in having won individual world gold for Great Britain.

Earlier, Laura Muir safely qualified for Thursday’s 1500m semi-final after her return from injury.

The 26-year-old was running her first competitive race since tearing a calf muscle at the Anniversary Games in London in July.

Asher-Smith has made history in Doha

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Asher-Smith has made history in Doha

The Netherlands’ Sifan Hassan qualified fastest, with Hassan coached by Alberto Salazar.

The American was given a four-year ban on Tuesday by the United States Anti-Doping Agency after being found guilty of doping violations.

Salazar runs the Nike Oregon Project and was stripped of his accreditation so could not have any contact with his athletes but Muir chose to ignore the controversy.

“All I can do I focus on myself, that’s all I’m in control of. I love the sport for what it is, I love to run and compete,” she said.

“No matter what the circumstances I’m going to race. Whoever is there is up to other people.

“At this point all I can do is focus on myself, that’s all I’m in control of. I’m the only person I can speak for and vouch for.”

On her fitness Muir added: “It was a pretty good feeling, I was quite nervous before the race.

“I’m usually not for the heats but it’s just been so long and it’s so good to be out there, feel like myself and be like ‘oh, I can still run’.”

Sarah McDonald joined her in the final but there was disappointment for Tim Duckworth who pulled out of the decathlon after an injury in the warm up.

Reigning World Indoor 60m champion Andy Pozzi failed to progress to the 110m hurdles final but Eilish McColgan and Laura Weightman reached the 5000m final.

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