By James K. Attaglo Wilson

British sprint record holder in both the 100 and 200 metres, Dina Asher-Smith feels extra motivated having been named in the strong 75-England team ahead of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Queensland, Australia.

Geraldina Rachel Asher-Smith, born in Orpington [London] will compete in the 200 metres as well as the 4×100 metres relay for England.

Speaking in an interview about her selection, the 21yr old sprinter said she is very delighted to have been named in the squad:

“I’ve always wanted to go to a Commonwealth Games,” says Asher-Smith.

“It’s a really good target to have going into the next season. It’s going to be one of the main pillars of my 2018,” she adds.

“I think next year I’ve got a real good opportunity to finish highly in really well-respected competitions.

Dina Asher-Smith
Dina Asher-Smith
“Hopefully if I do well in these, like the Commonwealths and Europeans this year, I can use that to build on to world and Olympic success.

“It would be nice to do well and stop finishing fourth or fifth individually and hopefully push on to bigger things!”

Dina Asher-Smith who battled back from a broken foot to lead the British relay team to win silver at the IAAF World Championships [2017] believes that having the Commonwealth Games early in the year pushes the athlete to give their best.

“Having the Commonwealth Games so early in the season, it does really push you. There’s absolutely no excuse not to do every single rep and every single step to the best of your ability,” she said.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games [GC2018] will start from April 04 to 15.

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