Doha – Britain's Dina Asher-Smith hardly broke sweat on Monday at the world athletics championships as she led the way in the 200 metres heats, where she is emerging as a favourite.
Less than 24 hours after claiming 100m silver, the European champion won her heat in 22.32 seconds, easing up far ahead of the finish line. She was one-hundredth of a second ahead of American Brittany Brown, who had given it her all for a personal best.
Asher-Smith is now being tipped as a favourite, as two-time defending champion Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands withdrew injured, 100m silver-medallist Marie-Josee Ta Lou of Ivory Coast did not start, and season-leader Shaunae Miller-Uibo of the Bahamas has chosen the 400m in Doha.
But Olympic champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica was among those who joined Asher-Smith into Tuesday's semis in front of another sparse crowd, although Qatar has a big medal hope in 400m hurdler Abderrahman Samba later in the night in the last of six finals.
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