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If there had been doubts around what sort of shape Dina Asher-Smith might be in for Oregon 2022, the Briton provided a clear answer by almost breaking her own British record in qualifying fastest from the heats of the women’s 100m.

The reigning world 200m champion, beaten by compatriot Daryll Neita at last month’s UK Championships, won her heat in a startling 10.84 [1.2] – just one hundredth of a second outside of her national mark.

Neita progressed to the semi-finals, too, with a season’s best of 10.95 in a heat won by defending champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce in 10.87. There were no hiccups, either, for Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah [11.15] and Shericka Jackson [11.02].

“I’m coming here as a reigning world [200m] champion and a world [100m] silver medallist so the aspirations are high for me,” said Asher-Smith.

“I knew I’d been waiting all season to peak for this. I’ve got some more to give, but I’m happy that I nailed all the essential bits.

“All these ladies are very very quick, and there are some very talented up and comers, so that’s what you really have to watch in the heats because those are the girls who have got absolutely nothing to lose. They are not trying to conserve, they are trying to push to new levels, some really good performances can pop up.

“I wanted to make sure I won my heat so I could get a good lane draw. I honestly did not expect that time but at the end of the day we are looking to go faster so I am excited.”

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