The triple European champion faces Marie-Josee Ta Lou when she makes her individual race season debut
After her 4x400m exploits at the Southern Athletics League last weekend, Dina Asher-Smith will make her individual race season debut by running the 200m at the Doha Diamond League on May 3.
Asher-Smith conquered the European stage last year, winning gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at the European Championships in Berlin. Her times in the 100m and 200m – 10.85 and 21.89 – were both British records and world-leading marks, while the GB team’s time of 41.88 in the relay was also the fastest time in the world in 2018.
The 23-year-old started her summer by stepping up to form part of Blackheath & Bromley’s 4x400m team in Gillingham on Saturday, clocking 52.60 for the first leg.
Now her attention returns to the 200m and the opening meeting of the IAAF Diamond League series, taking place at the same venue that will host the IAAF World Championships later this year.
On May 3 she will line up alongside athletes including Ivory Coast’s double world silver medallist Marie-Josee Ta Lou, who also ran 10.85 for 100m in 2018, plus USA’s world 400m champion Phyllis Francis.
“Last year was an incredible year and I would like to build on this in 2019 and 2020,” said Asher-Smith.
“I am excited to start my season in Doha for the first time and test out the track at the Khalifa International Stadium ahead of the World Championships.
“The female sprints have so many extremely talented women at the moment and I expect Doha to be a great race.”
Also racing over 200m will be Turkey’s world and European champion Ramil Guliyev.
“I started my 2018 season in the Doha Diamond League last year and I look forward to returning to compete at the Khalifa International Stadium,” said Guliyev, who finished third last year in 20.11.
“Breaking the championship record and my lifetime best in Berlin was fantastic but I am sure I can go even faster. Of course my big aim is to defend my world title in Doha and I know I will probably have to break my lifetime best to do that.”
Guliyev will face four other sprinters who broke the 20-second barrier last year including world bronze medallist Jereem Richards from Trinidad & Tobago, Panama’s Alonso Edward, Ecuador’s Alex Quinonez and Canada’s Aaron Brown, plus Britain’s world fourth-placer Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake.
Jamaica’s Janieve Russell and Olympic champion Dalilah Muhammad from the United States will also renew their rivalry in the 400m hurdles in the Doha Diamond League.
They will be joined by Britain’s Meghan Beesley, USA’s Georganne Moline and Ukraine’s Hanna Ryzhykova.