The British sprint record-holder looks at the bigger picture after being disappointed with her performance at the Emirates Arena
After being in British record-breaking form last summer and having enjoyed another strong start to her season, it is understandable that Dina Asher-Smith was disappointed with a rare below-par performance at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix on Saturday.
But the 20-year-old is keen to take experience from her run at the Emirates Arena, which saw her clock 7.25 in a 60m final won by Netherlands’ world 200m champion Dafne Schippers in 7.10.
“I really wasn’t happy with that but there is plenty to work on,” she said. “I’m a bit disappointed. I don’t like not performing the way I wanted to, but it happens.
“My start was alright, but I feel like my transition just wasn’t there and obviously you really can’t get away with that in a field that is that good.”
The Blackheath & Bromley sprinter, who ran 10.99 for 100m and 22.07 for 200m to break the British records last year and also clocked 7.08 to equal the UK record over 60m in 2015, now switches her focus to next weekend’s British Indoor Championships in Sheffield, which incorporate the trials for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland next month.
Speaking after the 60m final in Glasgow, Asher-Smith said: “It isn’t a championships so it is good to learn from this and I’ll move on to the British Championships next week. It was a bad race but that happens sometimes.
“Hopefully that’s the last mistake I make before the trials and then, fingers crossed, World Indoors.”
On whether suffering the occasional disappointment helps to maintain motivation, she added: “Definitely, because if you keep running well, I don’t know how to say it, but you need to underperform to really make you work harder. That definitely wasn’t what I wanted but it just happens.”
The King’s College London student, who ran 7.17 to win her heat in Glasgow, refused to blame a busy university schedule the day before for her ‘blip’ and said: “I have lots of blips but they are not always as noticeable as that!”
On what it might take to claim a world medal in Oregon – the US state in which Asher-Smith won her world junior 100m title two years ago – she added: “Far faster than that! I don’t know, probably sub-7 seconds or there about. I’m not too good at guessing medal times. I’ve certainly got a lot of work to do.”