Dina Asher-Smith became the first British woman to win an individual World Championships sprint medal in 36 years as she claimed silver in the 100m final with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce taking gold.
It is the 23-year-old’s first 100m global medal outdoors with the 200m to follow, where she is a strong contender for gold.
Jamaica’s Fraser-Pryce, 32, powered to 10.71 seconds in Doha for her eighth world title while Asher-Smith’s 10.83 is a new British record.
“I have worked so hard for these championships and hopefully I’ll go on to do even bigger things”.
“I’m really pleased to come away with a personal best and national record. That is more than you could ever ask for in a world final.
ritish athletics has waited a long time for someone to emulate the achievement of Kathy Cook, who won 200m bronze in the inaugural World Athletics Championships, back in 1983 in Helsinki.
Few showed the potential to do so in the intervening years before Asher-Smith’s emergence. The Kent-born athlete was a double European junior gold medallist in 2013, before taking the world junior 100m title the following year.
She grew in stature when she became the first British women to dip under 11 seconds in 2015 before winning the European 100m title in 2016.
Relay medals followed at world and Olympic level before she won three European golds last year.
Expectations grew of what she could now achieve at world and Olympic level, but prior to this competition Asher-Smith she avoided making any predictions public – stating that her aims were only shared by those close to her, including her long-time coach John Blackie.
Her tunnel vision and mental fortitude took her to a different level this season, and she has now been rewarded with world 100m silver.