Why Dina Asher-Smith Is The Woman To Watch At The Rio Olympics

​'I've always loved travelling quickly'


The fastest woman in British history, athlete Dina is the woman to watch at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. 'I love the feeling of an adrenaline rush and always have since I was little. So whether I was racing my dad on a bike, going to Thorpe Park or sprinting, I've always loved travelling quickly,' she says. 

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'I'm quite impatient too, so that probably contributed. At first I did cross-country running and I didn't enjoy having to pace myself or getting muddy. So when I discovered short sprinting – specifically races that last about  11 seconds – it took off from there. I loved the idea that as soon as you hear the gun you just run as fast as you possibly can, and I still do now'.  


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'If you want to run just go out there and try it. It's the easiest sport to get involved in. But it
takes complete self-belief to compete at the highest levels of sport. If you have utter confidence in your own ability and your training then you are far more likely to go out and perform to the best that you can. When I'm running I think about the one thing that my coach wants me to do in the race. That could be to get my legs turning faster, make sure I put down a lot of power or remember to stay relaxed as I cross the line. I always want to improve. For me, this extends further than athletics and sums up my attitude to everything. Setbacks can be annoying but they are not the be-all and end-all'. 

'Am I fast at other things, too? Reading and eating, yes... Getting dressed for a night out, no!' 

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