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Commonwealths selection is extra motivation for Dina Asher-SmithOctober 24, 2017
The British record-holder says every rep and step counts as she works towards the Gold Coast Games
Having her place on the England team for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games confirmed has provided Dina Asher-Smith with even more motivation heading into the winter.
The British 100m and 200m record-holder has been selected for both the 200m and 4x100m relay at next April’s event and, if any extra incentive to work hard over the coming weeks and months were needed, the prospect of performing well at her first senior Commonwealth Games has provided it.
“I had a great off-season but it has been nice to get back into training,” says the 21-year-old, who battled back from a broken foot to finish fourth in the IAAF World Championships 200m in London, where she also formed part of GB’s silver medal-winning 4x100m relay team.
“It’s nice to get into some sort of routine and normality.
“Having the Commonwealth Games so early in the season, it does really push you. There’s absolutely no excuse not to do every single rep and every single step to the best of your ability.”
Aged just 18 when the last edition of the Games took place in Glasgow, Asher-Smith decided to focus her efforts that summer on the IAAF World U20 Championships and it paid off as she won 100m gold. She’s now looking forward to pulling on the England kit again after her experience at the 2011 Commonwealth Youth Games on the Isle of Man, where she won the 200m title and claimed relay gold along with Yasmin Miller, Sophie Papps and Jazmin Sawyers (pictured below).
“I’ve always wanted to go to a Commonwealth Games,” says Asher-Smith, who was named on the 75-strong England team on Tuesday.
“It’s a really good target to have going into the next season. It’s going to be one of the main pillars of my 2018,” adds the Olympic 200m fifth-placer, who is also targeting the European Championships but doesn’t think it is likely that the World Indoors in Birmingham will form part of her plans.
“I think next year I’ve got a real good opportunity to finish highly in really well-respected competitions.
“Hopefully if I do well in these, like the Commonwealths and Europeans this year, I can use that to build on to world and Olympic success.
“It would be nice to do well and stop finishing fourth or fifth individually and hopefully push on to bigger things!”