Dina Asher-Smith planning to stay off red carpet and in the fast lane

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first_img Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Share via Email Athletics European 1500m gold medallist Laura Muir took second place, while Katarina Johnson-Thompson was third. Zharnel Hughes, who won 100m and 4x100m gold in Berlin and set a personal best of 9.91sec, was named Bawa male athlete of the year. Read more Topics Share on Twitter Share on Pinterest Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. “I have a big obsession this year – I won’t miss training sessions, said Asher-Smith, who won the prize for her European championships treble of 100m, 200m and 4x100m gold in Berlin. “If anything clashes with training I say: ‘Sorry I can’t go.’ I get invited to do nice things because I run fast. But how do I run fast? By training.“The Americans and Jamaicans will be there at the world championships next year, so the pressure of competition is making me work hard and train hard.”Asher-Smith, who will miss next week’s IAAF athlete of the year awards because of training commitments, added: “Ultimately I want to just get stronger, get faster and be the best athlete I can be.”Neil Black, the performance director of British Athletics, hailed Asher-Smith as “special” and praised her for performing when it matters. And he urged her not to change despite becoming a mainstream star. “Almost the next level of the test is: can she carry on managing as well when the interest and the requests become greater?” he said. “She has then got to protect herself from being distracted from the key focus of winning medals and the world championships.” Share on Messenger news Dina Asher-Smith Mo Farah to run 2019 London marathon but leaves door open for track return in Tokyo Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Dina Asher-Smith has pledged to stay off the red carpet to stay in the fast lane. The 22-year-old was named female athlete of the year at the British Athletics Writers’ Association awards on Thursday, following in the steps of Jessica Ennis-Hill, Kelly Holmes and Paula Radcliffe, but insisted she was already focused on hard training rather than invites to film premieres and awards ceremonies since entering the mainstream with her stunning performances this summer. Reuse this contentlast_img

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