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Well, its been a couple of days since DAS wrote another chapter in her already impressive list of career achievements. Her gold medal run on Monday will go down as one of the greatest European Championship 100m performances ever, with only Christine Arron’s European record 10.73 run in the 1998 edition being ahead of it in my opinion.
However, it could be argued DAS’ win was almost, if not *more* impressive than the mercurial French woman’s stand out moment. When Arron set that record, she was helped by a 2.0 m/s tailwind, right on the legal limit for record keeping purposes. Dina’s 10.85 was achieved in virtually still air, 0.0 m/s. How fast would she have run with a 1.0 or a 2.0 m/s following wind? 10.80? 10.75?
And to further put this performance into perspective, Dina Asher-Smith is the youngest European sprinter to run the 100m in sub 10.90 in 14 years, since Ivet Lalova-Collio’s stupendous 10.77 effort just a month after turning 20 years old in the lead up to the 2004 Olympics.
Dina won’t turn 23 years old until this December….
Of course, this is just the first part of a potential sprint double, and with the way she is going DAS has to be the strong favourite to win the 200m as well. Dafne Schippers did very well to run a season’s best of 10.99 to win the bronze medal in the 100m, but I’m not sure that in her stronger event she is in the form to take on Asher-Smith and beat her.
If Dina manages to get this sprint double and achieves it by, say, running sub 22 seconds in the 200m to do so, then she’ll really put herself right up there as a force to be reckoned with in world sprinting. Right up there with the Ta Lou’s, Ahoure’s, Thompson’s, Bowie’s and Miller-Uibo’s of the world.
So guys and girls, what do you think will be Dina Asher-Smith’s ceiling in the sprints?
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