World Championships 2015: Asher-Smith eases into 200m final

Asher-Smith makes 200m final in style
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Briton Dina Asher-Smith booked her place in Friday's 200m final with a stunning win in her semi-final.

The 19-year-old ran a personal best of 22.12 seconds to make it through as the fastest semi-finalist.

Her main rivals will be Jamaica's Elaine Thompson, who won her semi in 22.13, and Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers, who eased to 22.36 in her race.

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"I'm a world champs finalist and it's more than I could have asked for," Asha-Smith told BBC Sport.

"I was really happy with the heat and I knew I had to go for it in the semi."

Asher-Smith's mark was only two one-hundredths of a second outside Kathy Cook's 31-year-old British record.

"I'm not thinking about that. It's all about places, not necessarily times," she added.

Asher-Smith's team-mates Bianca Williams, who finished sixth in her semi-final, and Margaret Adeoye, who was eighth in her race, failed to qualify for the final.

Pundits on Asher-Smith
Former world champion Michael Johnson: "She handled herself like a veteran, not a 19-year-old. That was fantastic."
Two-time world champion Colin Jackson: "She is 19 but runs like she is full of experience. Dina has a beautiful, long, loping stride that's helped her pull away from the field."
Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell: "Dina Asher-Smith is a special, special lady. She has just said to Schippers, 'I am here to challenge; I'm here to get a medal'."

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Shelayna Oskan-Clarke won her semi-final in a personal best time of one minute 58.86 seconds to reach the 800m final.

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"I'm so happy it seems to have come together at the right time. I feel like I've been capable of it for a while," said the 25-year-old.

Jenny Meadows (2:00.53) and Lynsey Sharp (1:59.33) failed to progress after finishing seventh and eighth in their semi-finals respectively.

"I didn't do myself justice," Meadows told the BBC. "I felt lacklustre and lethargic but had no reason to feel like that. I give myself a two or three out of 10. It's a season best, but not what I was looking for."

Lawrence Clarke was seventh in his 110m hurdles semi-final.