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History maker : Dina Asher-Smith

History maker : Dina Asher-Smith

History maker : Dina Asher-Smith

Triple European champion Dina Asher-Smith insists she has nothing to prove when she returns to the track.

The 22-year-old became the first British sprinter to win the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at a major Championship when she won all three at the European Championships last week.

She lines up against a world-class field in the 200m at Birmingham's Diamond League meet today.

She faces the 400m Olympic and 200m Commonwealth champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, who is yet to lose this year, Netherlands' 200m world champion Dafne Schippers and Marie-Josee Ta Lou, who won 100m silver at last year's World Championships.

But Asher-Smith, who recorded three world leading times last week, is comfortable after her historic treble victory in Berlin.

"I am pretty satisfied in what I did in Berlin when it comes to putting down a marker," she said, having also defended her 200m European title. "We all need to be able to run fast times but the most important thing is to do it in finals when the pressure is on.

"I was very happy to do two personal bests in two Championship finals so the rest of the season is just about seeing what else I can do now."

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Fellow sprinter Zharnel Hughes - the new 100m European champion - competes in the 100m with a stacked field, which includes 2011 world king Yohan Blake.

"This is now against the world. I'm grateful for the title but I have to focus on what's ahead of me now," said Hughes.

Laura Muir will also aim to break Kelly Holmes' 21-year-old 1,000m record at the Alexander Stadium having won her maiden outdoor title by claiming 1,500m gold in Berlin on Sunday.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson will compete in the long jump after her heptathlon silver medal in Berlin and 400m champion Matthew Hudson-Smith races in his home meet.


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