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Asher-Smith cruises through 200m heat

Asher-Smith cruises through 200m heat

30/09/2019 at 14:06Updated 30/09/2019 at 16:26

World 100m silver medallist Dina Asher-Smith underlined her favourite tag for the 200m at the World Athletics Championships, qualifying fastest for the semi-finals in 22.32 seconds.

The 23-year-old showed no ill-effect from running the 100m final on Monday night, leading her race on the bend and then easing away from fellow competitors on the straight.

With 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and reigning two-time 200m world champion Dafne Schippers pulling out of the event, Asher-Smith is now a heavy favourite for gold.

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American Brittany Brown suggested she, and not double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson, will be the main rival for the top position on the podium, winning Heat 3 in a personal-best time of 22.33, 0.28 seconds ahead of the Jamaican.

Briton Jodie Williams qualified from Heat 2, despite losing on a dip to Ivet Lalova-Collio, finishing one-hundredth of a second behind the Bulgarian's 22.79.

Anthonique Strachan won Heat 1 in 22.87, Niger Aminatou Seyni finished fast to set a national record in Heat 5 with 22.58 and Anglerne Annelus dominated the final heat winning in 22.56, where Britain's Beth Dobbin also qualified in third place.

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