Dina Asher Smith’S Journey From South London Teen To World’S Number One Sprinter

October 10, 2019

Dina Asher-Smith, a 16-year-old jersey carrier, was horrified at the refreshing noise in the London Olympic Stadium, as the GB team won again and again.

Dina, 23, remembers: “When Jess Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah won the gold medal, I saw people in the stands crying. Let me realize what sports mean to the country. I think, “I want to give people that feeling.”

On Wednesday night, Asher the Dasher rekindled national pride when he won the 200m gold medal at the World Championships in Doha, Qatar, becoming the first British woman to win the world sprint championship.

In short, she is the fastest British woman ever. Later, as the tears passed, Dina glared with Julie’s mother’s arm, and the moving image of the crying champion became a sensation in the Internet.

Since 1993, when Linford Christie won the World Championships in Stutgart, Germany, she became the first Britishman to win the world or Olympic sprint championship.

Usually, the talkative Dina cho is stunned: “I dreamed of this, now it is real.”

She is a marketing dream. A charming fashion icon carefully took off her heel at the awards show to protect her feet. She walked the catwalk show at Paris Fashion Week.

Dina also earned a first-class degree at King’s College London, where she studied through a four-hour training program every Saturday and Sunday.

She is preparing for this week’s World Championships – she also won a 100-meter silver medal – and also took a political philosophy course.
At school, she received 10 A* GCSEs and 3 A LevelAs.

Despite all the success, she is still down to earth. During the off-season training, she ordered takeaway pizza at 11.30am. So, what is the creation of the track and field queen Dina?

Geraldina Rachel Asher-Smith was born in December 1995 in Julie, human resources owner in Orpington, southeast London, and mechanical engineer Winston. The only child of the family argued that she had inherited the foot of the fleet from which side.

She said: “My mom and dad want to say that they have responsibility, so it is a bit political. My father is from Jamaica and used to study at school, but he is very vague. At the same time, my mother used to play hockey. Running 800 meters for her club, so my parents are quite controversial.

“However, neither of them sprinted at the club level, so I was so shocked by me. My uncle also requested, my grandmother also requested.”

Dina knew her future from an early age. When she was eight years old, she drew a photo of herself and then wrote below: “I want to win the Olympics.”

At Perry Hall Elementary School in Orpington, teacher Mandy Papadopoulos said that Dina’s outstanding talents are already evident.

She recalled: “I remember that she joined her team at the sports meeting. She is very good. We are a little behind and need to win the last game – who is in the final stop of the relay? Dina is flying like the wind. , so many of us are speechless. How complete!”

Dina is passionate about history and geography, and Mandy remembers that she is “a kind, courteous and popular girl with a good sense of humor”.

Julie’s mother has been playing hockey until she is 30 years old. She encourages Dina to compete in school cross-country in exchange for ice cream.

At the age of eight, she joined the local sports clubs Blackheath and Bromley Harriers and connected with coach John Blackie, who called her the “second father.”

She said: “John is like a family to me. He is a humble and kind person, I love him a little.”

At the age of 12, Dina met the British Olympic sprinter Darren Campbell, who won a 200-meter silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and a 100-meter relay gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics – He asked if she wanted to try a medal. But her mother told Darren: “No, the first one she will try is her own.”

Success is coming soon. When Dina was 13 years old, she set a world record of 300 meters. At the age of 20, she was ranked fifth in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games 200 meters, and in the second year she was ranked fourth in the same project at the London World Championships.

Last year, she won three sprint gold medals at the European Championships – this week, she won the gold medal in Doha with a 21.88 second British record. Strict eating habits allowed her to give up wine, bread and dessert before taking part in a big competition. But in the off-season, she will relax.

Dina said: “I have to eat pizza, McDonald’s and brownies, wine or anything else at breakfast. I don’t feel excited about eating an apple in the 11 months of the year. I will like.”

This is a very successful regime. But she also made sure she looked good when she had a place in the starting block at the start of the game. Dina has a sponsorship agreement with brands such as Nike and luxury watchmaker Hublot, and always wear eye shadows during the game.

She says: “It’s the number one question I get from fashion magazines, ‘Do you wear make-up when you compete?’ I’m, like, ‘Yes!’ I’m on TV in front of millions. If you do well, your picture goes on every front page, every website — Google images for ever. I’m putting on my sparkly eyeshadow.”

Rapper Stormzy asked her to be part of a magazine shoot for iconic young black Britons and she has also been on The Jonathan Ross Show. Currently thought to be single, she split from British sprinter Zharnel Hughes last year.

At the time, she joked: “We are friends. I am not a celebrity, which is why it’s hilarious that people care if I have a boyfriend.” Now she wants to use her growing fame in a positive way.

She says: “I feel we have a bit to do in encouraging more women to go into sports journalism. I often sit in front of a room at a press conference that is over-whelmingly full of men asking me questions.

“I want to see more women on sports desks because it will change the way women are portrayed in the media. Often, what I would call over-sexualised images of sportswomen are used, and also perhaps more focus is on the women who are deemed pretty, as opposed to talented.”

When The Sun’s pioneering sports writer Vikki Orvice died from cancer this year, Dina and her mum made a 140-mile round trip to attend her funeral.

Dina is equally forth-right about the benefits to girls of taking part in plenty of sport. She says: “I think much more emphasis should be put on sport for girls at school, but not about winning, more about good mental health.

“There are so many transferable skills with sport. It gives you self-confidence, helps to relieve anxiety and is healthy for young women. Winning isn’t everything in sport, which may sound odd coming from an Olympian.”

Indeed, Dina will now go into the Tokyo Olympics next summer with a huge burden of expectation on her shoulders.

But that does not phase her one bit. She says: “I’m a confident person, I can handle performing in front of a huge crowd under intense pressure. I’m fortunate I can do that, it’s how I am wired. You do not realise what you can handle until you have to handle it.”