Sainsbury's School Games Alumni: Dina Asher-Smith
It's been a phenomenal year so far for Britain's rising sprint star Dina Asher-Smith. The 19-year-old has taken the athletics world by storm, claiming titles and breaking records during a success-laden eight months. Last month Dina made history by becoming the first British woman ever to break 11 seconds over 100m, clocking 10.99 at the Sainsbury's Anniversary Games held in the Olympic Stadium.
While Dina is fast making a name for herself on the world stage, many may not realise that her athletics career began with an appearance at the Sainsbury's 2012 School Games. In one of the first events held at the same London venue as her recent record-breaking run, Dina delivered a winning performance in the 200m for England South East. The then 16-year-old crossed the finish line in an impressive 24.01 to claim gold, setting a School Games record.
Since competing at the School Games three years ago, Dina's athletics career has gone from strength-to-strength. In 2013, the Blackheath and Bromley AC star stole the show at the European Junior Championships in Reiti, Italy. Dina took top honours in the girls 4 x 100m with teammates Yasmin Miller, Steffi Wilson and Desiree Henry, breaking the UK junior record in the process.
Later that year, Dina won a bronze medal at the World Championships in Moscow as a member of the British 4 x 100m relay team. She shared the success with fellow School Games alumni Ashlee Nelson and British sprinters Hayley Jones and Annabelle Lewis.
Dina's run of good form continued into 2014, when she clinched gold in the girls 100m at the World Junior Championships in Oregon, USA. Dina finished the race 0.16 seconds ahead of her nearest rival, the biggest winning margin at the event in 14 years.
The 2014 athletics season ended on a high for Dina at the European Championships in Zurich. The youngster recorded a personal best of 22.61 in the 200m, beating the British junior record that had stood for 35 years.
With the Rio 2016 Olympics less than a year away, hopes are high that Dina's success will continue in Brazil.