Team GB sprinter Dina Asher-Smith inundated with support after pulling out of the 200m due to hamstring injury

<p>Dina Asher-Smith</p>

Dina Asher-Smith


Team GB sprinter Dina Asher-Smith has received an outpouring of support after a hamstring injury made her pull out of the 200m race.

Speaking to the BBC, the reigning world champion said her coach had advised her to pull out of the race after she sustained the injury and failed to qualify for the 100m final earlier in the day.

In a tearful interview she said:

“It broke my heart because I am a competitor. It is the Olympics but there are plenty other championships for me to come and kill.

“I’m so grateful to everybody who worked so I could stand here on the track and race here tonight.

“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.

“If you had asked me six weeks ago, I was confident I was going to win this entire thing.

“I knew every part of my race - my start, transition and finish. They were better than some of the fastest women in the world.

“I am going to pull out, and that is the one as reigning world champion - you know that Olympic champion isn’t that much of a further step.

“It doesn’t change the calibre of the athlete that I am and I know that if I want to showcase that I just need a few more weeks of power training, a bit more speed endurance to fill that gap of when I was trying to walk again.”

Reacting to her pain, people were quick to express their support for the athlete:

We wish her a speedy recovery.

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