Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith reacts after failing to qualify for the 100m final on July 31. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
British star sprinter Dina Asher-Smith said she has withdrawn from the 200 meter race at the Tokyo Olympics due to a hamstring injury.
She made the announcement in an emotional interview to the BBC on Saturday moments after failing to qualify for the women’s 100m final.
Asher-Smith, the current 200m world champion, said she tore her hamstring before the Games and has spent weeks trying to recover.
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“I’ve spent four weeks trying to run again … It’s the Olympics, but there will be another one,” she told the BBC.
“I apologize for my tears, I can’t help it,” she added, before briefly breaking down on camera.
Asher-Smith was a leading contender for an Olympic medal in the 100m sprint in Tokyo but failed to advance through her semifinal round with a time of 11.05 seconds.