Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Dina's Final Chance after 'Messing Up' Asher-Smith Scrapes into the 200m Final -- Now She Takes on Schippers and Co

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Dina's Final Chance after 'Messing Up' Asher-Smith Scrapes into the 200m Final -- Now She Takes on Schippers and Co

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Byline: Matt Majendie in Rio

ON A night when Britain's medal rush continued unabated with gold, silver and bronze in the velodrome, and medals in the sailing, diving and boxing, events inside the Olympic Stadium were always going to act as a mere sideshow.

But a session which started with the expectation of a possible medal or two ended with Britain's fastest woman scraping into the final of the 200metres as arguably the highlight.

As the second fastest woman in the world over 1500metres this year, Laura Muir had been well placed to add to the 50-medal haul but, in a bizarre race, she ended up in seventh place.

Meanwhile, Robbie Grabarz's hopes of a medal in his second successive Olympics ended with him in fourth, a result he said felt like "a punch in the face", and there was further disappointment when Andrew Pozzi did not even come close to making the final of the 110m hurdles.

For a time, Dina Asher-Smith looked like facing the same fate just a year after finishing an impressive fifth over 200m at the World Championships but, with a time of 22.49sec, she snuck into tonight's final.

Where once a medal seemed a distinct possibility, now Asher-Smith, a student at King's College London, was facing the first hiccup of her senior career in a semi-final with the world champion in Dafne Schippers (right) and silver medallist from last year, Elaine Thompson.

"It was a hard one," she said. "When you've the world gold and silver medallists in the heat, it's always going to be a fast race. I'm a bit disappointed in how I ran as I am in better shape than that.

"It's frustrating to have messed up in such an important and crucial race. I'm quite disappointed as I know I can run better than that and I've got the opportunity now to do that in the final."

Grabarz was left cursing what might have been in a competition won by Canadian Derek Drouin. …

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