After a spectacular performance at last week’s Doha Diamond League [21.98], American track and field star – Gabrielle Thomas is confident that she’s got what it takes to see off world 200m champion Asher-Smith at the refurbished Alexander Stadium today.

Speaking to the press on Friday ahead of the Müller Diamond League in Birmingham, the third-fastest woman of all time in the 200 meters [21.61 seconds] said she hopes to break the sub-11 seconds barrier:

“I’m looking to break 11 seconds and get a wind legal sub-11, said Thomas. “The stadium looks beautiful, the energy will be great and I’m in good form.”

“I’m building off of Tokyo really well and I feel really fit. I’m running times that I’ve never done at this stage of the season before.”

Her personal best over 100m is 11.00 [0.8], set at last summer’s US Olympic Trials at Hayward Field, whereas Asher-Smith is the current British record holder over the distance after clocking 10.83 [0.1] at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.

Gabby Thomas won an individual bronze medal and a team silver medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.