Olympics 2016: Can Dina Asher-Smith Win 200m Medal?

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Updated Wednesday 17th August 2016, 11:06 AM

Elaine Thompson will be setting her sights on a sprint double after storming to victory in the 100m, but the longer distance will provide a different test and her rivals will all be out for revenge. There is also a British challenger in the form of Dina Asher-Smith, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past couple of years and could just grab a medal.

How the Bookies See it

  • Winner: Elaine Thompson (JAM) 10/11, Dafne Schippers (NED) 11/8, Tori Bowie (USA) 6/1 - Paddy Power
  • Top 3 Finish: Elaine Thompson (JAM) 1/12, Dafne Schippers (NED) 1/10, Tori Bowie (USA) 4/7, Dina Asher-Smith (GBR) 10/1 - Ladbrokes

Form

  • Elaine Thompson clocked 10.71 seconds to win the 100m final and continue a remarkable run of form, but she has been less dominant in the 200m this year. She did not compete in the final of the Jamaican trials and her season’s best is 22.16 seconds.
  • Dafne Schippers became the third-fastest woman in history over 200m when she won the world championships in 21.63 seconds last year and has gone under 22 seconds this year, but she has lost her pre-Olympic status as favourite after a fifth-place finish in the 100m and reports of a minor injury.
  • Tori Bowie came second in the 100m in a time of 10.83 seconds and will again be a contender over 200m, having just dipped under 22 seconds this year and taken the US national title at the Olympic trials.
  • Dina Asher-Smith set a new British record of 22.07 seconds when she came fifth at the world championships in Beijing last year, and won the European title this year in the absence of Schippers.

Sports.net’s View

At the age of 20, Dina Asher-Smith’s best chance of Olympic success will probably come at the next two Olympics, but even in Rio she will have a great opportunity to do something special. Winning the European title will have infused her with a huge amount of confidence and she is the only one of the main contenders not to have competed in another event, so she should be the freshest athlete. Asher-Smith will probably have to break her own British record to get on the podium, but it is a realistic target and even if the top three all run to their best she should be in the mix.

There is also no guarantee that Thompson, Bowie and Schippers will all run to their full potential. Schippers looked a shadow of her best in the 100m and, if she is carrying an injury, she may be in trouble. If any physical problem can be overcome, though, she will view the 200m as her best event as it gives her time to recover from her traditionally slow starts. The early rounds are definitely worth keeping an eye on to see what sort of shape Schippers seems to be in before the final.

Thompson is an understandable favourite after surging to victory in the 100m and Bowie cannot be ruled out, while there are plenty of other runners who will have their eyes on a possible medal, but Asher-Smith should have the self-belief as well as the ability to push for a place in the top three.

  • Sports.net’s top tip: Dina Asher-Smith to finish in the top three - 10/1 at Ladbrokes

*Please note, odds may fluctuate.

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Last Updated: Wednesday, 17 August 2016 11:06:01+00:00
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