Dina Asher-Smith appears to be a major doubt for the Commonwealth Games after recovering strongly in the 4x100m relay at the world championships in Eugene.
On a night when the British men’s 4x100m team won bronze, Asher-Smith was also aiming for the podium as she raced around the final corner – only to then suddenly scream in pain after sustaining a pinched left leg.
Somehow she bravely hobbled the last 25 meters before handing over to Daryll Neita, but Britain’s medal chances were gone. The well-being of the 200m bronze medalist, who looked so good at these championships, was of much greater concern afterwards.
The hope is that Asher-Smith’s injury is a cramp. The fear is that it could be a hamstring injury, which would end his hopes of lining up for the 100m heats at the Commonwealth Games in nine days. It could also cast doubt on his chances of defending his three European titles in Munich next month.
Asher-Smith was at least able to walk afterwards, but she was understandably reluctant to discuss the exact nature of the problem before getting a medical evaluation. But she confessed: “I hope it’s nothing serious because I still have a lot of races to do this year.
“I’m going to have to go see my physio. But I just feel a little confused because I felt good walking in, I walked around and my legs just stopped matching with me.
There was a lot of sympathy from his teammates. Neita, who rode a blistering anchor stage as Great Britain finished sixth, admitted: ‘It wasn’t nice to see her face, she obviously wasn’t very comfortable and in my head , I was like “please stop”, but she continued.
“She’s a fighter and it’s amazing to have her in the team. We didn’t come last, I don’t know how. We’re a team, it’s just a stepping stone to success. future. We’ll be good and she’ll be great.
Imani-Lara Lansiquot, who ran in the second leg, also told reporters: “We are a team – we win together, we lose together.”
Before the race, there was a major clash when the United States defeated a Jamaican team consisting of Olympic 100m and 200m champion Elaine-Thompson-Herah, 100m world champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and 200m world champion Shericka Jackson in the final stage.
A superb rematch from Abby Steiner set the stage before Twanisha Terry held off Jackson in a thrilling finale. The United States took the gold in 41.14, Jamaica second in 41.18 and Germany the bronze.
The result means Fraser-Pryce now has the same number of world championship medals as Usain Bolt (14) as well as eight Olympic medals apiece.
There was also an upset in the men’s 4x100m relay as Canada beat the beloved USA team to win gold by 0.07 seconds. The crucial moment came when American Elijah Hall fell passing the baton to Marvin Bracy, allowing Andre De Grasse to hold on at 37.48.
But the heavily revamped British team of Jona Efoloko, Zharnel Hughes, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Reece Prescod were also thrilled to claim bronze in 37.83.
It was a measure of the team’s inexperience that Efoloko had never raced in a senior British jersey before replacing Adam Gemili for the final. While Rhys Prescod, on the anchor leg, had never run a relay since he was 13 or 14 until this weekend.
“I was very nervous but Nethaneel, our team captain, told us the pressure was a privilege,” Efoloko said. “I just kept that in the back of my head.”
It was also a story of redemption for Britain after their Olympic heartbreak, where they lost a silver medal after CJ Ujah tested positive for drugs. “What happened in the past is in the past,” Hughes said. “It’s a new story. We’ve done it again.”
This message was echoed by Team Captain Mitchell-Blake. “We never let go of the stick,” he said. “Our confidence has never slipped.”
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