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        Dina’s calves were loose but her third leg was tight enough to ensure the GB sprint relay team won the bronze medal.

        the GB team to 5th place in   that, considering my rounds   UK record in the womens’
        the final, again behind Bolt’s   didn’t go exactly as my coach   4x100m relay.
        Jamaica team,           and I had planned. I pulled a   These two outstanding
        Meanwhile Dina Asher    fifth back and was mixing it   performances exceeded all
        Smith, never one to be under   until near the end. I was really   expectations and although
        any illusions about meteoric   happy and I’ll take that.  they may not have won
        success, had already made   For her the Olympic   individual medals they have
        clear her attitude towards   experience was as yet a   age on their side and Tokyo
        finding herself on the big stage   learning curve as she grows in   2020 will be a very exciting
        so early in her senior career.   maturity, in fact displaying a   prospect.
        “I’m a really naturally positive   much more mature approach
        person and we’re getting there.   to relative success than those   Wilf Orton
        And as a competitor I love to   who have flattered to deceive
        run, I absolutely love running.   despite premature glory. “This
        What attracted me to the sport   year I’ve learned not to freak
        is the adrenaline rush you get   out when I see other people do
        when you compete and that’s   what they’re going to do.”
        always gonna be there for me.”  Nevertheless there would
        Dina missed out on a medal   be for her a medal later after
        after finishing fifth in the final   she ran the tight third leg to
        of the 200m sprint. But she   ensure that GB came home
        said: “I was quite happy with   with a bronze medal and new
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