'I'm sad that I won't be there' – Team England's sprint star Dina Asher-Smith OUT of Commonwealth Games with injury | The Sun

UNLUCKY Dina Asher-Smith is out of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games with a hamstring injury.

The sprinter won 200m bronze behind Jamaicans Shericka Jackson and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at the World Athletics Championship in Eugene.


But last Saturday night, she dramatically pulled up while running the third leg of the 4x100m relay final with British teammates.

Medical scans in the UK have shown damage to her left hamstring and it means she cannot compete in front of a home crowd next week.

Asher-Smith, who was down to run the 100m and 4x100m relay at the Alexander Stadium, faces a race against time to be ready for the European Championships in Munich in August.

The issue has denied her the chance to win a hat-trick of medals at three major track-and-field championships this summer.

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The Kent ace, 26, said: “Unfortunately, I’ve got a slight hamstring strain and won’t be ready to race at the Commonwealth Games.

“I love racing in front of a British crowd and was so excited to return to Birmingham.

“So I’m sad that I won’t be there. But I know that the athletes will put on a great show.”

Asher-Smith added: "Thankfully, I've only got a light hamstring strain.

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"No major issues and nothing to worry about. I feel good but I'm in need of a few days off.

"Due to the short turnaround between the end of the worlds and the start of the Commonwealths in a few days' time, I'm going to have to withdraw."

Team England athletics leader Kelly Sotherton said: “It’s obviously really sad to lose Dina through injury, given her stature and standing as one of the best female athletes in the world.

“We wish Dina well with her recovery and hope to see her back on the track very soon, doing what she does best.”

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