Commonwealth Games 2018: Dina delighted to medal
PUBLISHED: 16:10 12 April 2018
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Dina Asher-Smith was delighted to win bronze in the women’s 200m at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.
Bromley’s Asher-Smith clocked 22.29seconds to finish third on the Gold Coast and said: “Obviously I came with the aim to get myself on the podium, that’s been the whole impetus in training since London last year.
“I just wanted to get myself out of the fourths, out of the fifths and make it, so this is a great step in the right direction. I’m really happy to run a 22.2 in April, that’s insane for me. Usually I’m still jogging around in trainers at this point.
“My parents were at the front of the podium cheering for me – they travel all around the world to watch me race and they’re super proud. This is definitely a testament to their genes and patience with me”
Former UEL student Bianca Williams finished seventh in 23.06 and said: “I’m happy to run the final and run how I did. It wasn’t the best time, but I’m happy with how I ran.
“It was hard to get into the rounds, I haven’t done three rounds in a long time. It was nice to be part of a major field with so many class athletes.
“I’m very happy for Dina, it’s so well deserved. I know I’m in good shape, it just wasn’t my day to break 23 seconds yet. Hopefully that will come in the future.”
Thames Valley Harriers Lorraine Ugen just missed out on bronze in the long jump, finishing six centimetres behind England team-mate Shara Proctor.
Ugen said: “I need to get back my rhythm on the runway. I was messing about trying to get it right after the fouls, but obviously it’s something I need to work on.
“Then I won’t have to focus so much on the runway and more so on the jump. I just need to get more consistent with hitting the board.”
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