Dina Asher-Smith Suffers Cramp In 100m Final At The European Championships

This follows the track star having to pull out of the Commonwealth Games with a hamstring strain
09:06, 17 Aug 2022

Dina Asher-Smith has suffered another setback on the athletics track as she pulled up with cramp at the European Championships 100m finals in Munich.

The 26-year arrived in Germany hoping to defend the three titles she won back in 2018: 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.

The Briton has had a frustrating year on track after a hamstring injury destroyed her hopes of challenging for Olympic glory in Tokyo last summer. Smith then was forced to pull out of this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham last month due to a hamstring strain she suffered competing in the 4x100m relay final at the World Championships. 


Smith did leave the World Championships with a bronze medal, however, in the 200m final. That medal success was her first success following her Tokyo heartbreak and the loss of her grandmother earlier this year.

While the cramp in the 200m final in Munich was devastating, it is nothing serious.

"I got cramp in my calves and I can't be running on two cramping calves," Asher-Smith told BBC Sport.

"I'll go back and have a chat about my recovery and how I'm hydrating. I feel good which is why I'm frustrated. 

"I wasn't about to go and run a whole race on two cramping calves and possibly tear them. Frustrated, it's just very annoying."

Her Great Britain teammate Daryll Neita was able to collect the bronze medal despite suffering cramp herself.

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