Asher-Smith wins again but Johnson-Thompson faces race against time

Dina Asher-Smith won her second race in 48 hours – then revealed how she had stayed on track for the Olympics through lockdown.

Britain’s golden girl followed her 60 metres triumph in Karlsruhe by winning in Dusseldorf.

She was unable to match Friday night’s world lead of 7.08secs, stopping the clock this time in 7.12.

But on the day it emerged that fellow world champion Katarina Johnson-Thompson has been sidelined until March with an Achilles injury, Asher-Smith declared herself happy with back-to-back “solid” performances after 15 months out of competition.

“I knew I was in good shape but sometimes it takes me a few meets to get going,” she added. “Hopefully with a bit more training and hard work we can push to faster times.”

Asher-Smith, 25, raced only against local opposition on her home track as the sport all but shutdown in 2020.

Asher-Smith after her victory in Dusseldorf

She said: “My coach and I broke down small targets as we were going throughout the lockdown.

“We did training blocks, then focused on the indoors, stuff like that. Motivation-wise, it has been okay – and with the Olympic Games this year you are always motivated.”

Next stop for Asher-Smith in her build-up to next month’s European Indoor Championships is a race next week in France.

Asher-Smith winning in Karlsruhe on Friday
Asher-Smith winning in Karlsruhe on Friday

Katarina Johnson-Thompson is sidelined by an Achilles injury until March
Katarina Johnson-Thompson is sidelined by an Achilles injury until March

“It will be great to get out there in a championship again,” she said. “I love championships. It is the most fun for me.”

Johnson-Thompson faces a race against time to be fit and firing on all cylinders at the Olympics.

Britain’s world champion heptathlete picked up a serious Achilles injury in training at the end of 2020 and is grounded until March – five months from the start of the Tokyo Games.

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