British superstar Dina Asher-Smith suffered a below-par start to her Olympic games in Tokyo – despite qualifying for the next round in the 100m sprint.
Before this morning, the 25-year-old had not been beaten in 2021.
But finishing second to America’s Teahna Daniels may ring alarm bells within her camp, especially given six women broke 11 seconds in the heats.
Asher-Smith did have to withdraw from her final Olympic prep run due to a dodgy hamstring, which could be playing up again.
However, she insists she has another gear to find as the games progress.
“It felt good,” Asher-Smith said. “It felt good to be out here and to finally get going. It’s just great to finally get my Olympics underway.
“Today was just about making it through to the next round safely at the same time as knowing I’ve got another level to give tomorrow so I am really happy.
“And I do have another level – of course I do, it’s an Olympics.”
Asher-Smith wasn't even the quickest Team GB runner of the day, with Daryll Neita also breaking 11 seconds with a run of 10.96 seconds.
"I don’t want to say it, but it felt like it could have been better," Neita said after her impressive run.
"Obviously I’m really grateful and really happy. Under 11 seconds is where you need to be heading into the final.
“I came here telling myself I have to be in that final. I don’t see any way other than that, honestly, so this is a great stepping stone. I’m more than capable.”
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