Athletics-European title a step in the right direction for Paris, Asher-Smith says


Athletics - European Athletics Championships - Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy - June 9, 2024 Britain's Dina Asher-Smith celebrates winning the women's 100m final REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

(Reuters) - Britain's double Olympic bronze medallist Dina Asher-Smith said winning 100m gold at the European Athletics Championships in Rome on Sunday was a step in the right direction towards the Paris Games.

Asher-Smith, who had not won a major title since taking 200m gold at the 2019 World Championships, got off to a slow start before surging past her rivals to win in 10.99 seconds.

"It’s just a step towards Paris, a step in the right direction," she told British media.

"I’m in a great place. That’s not normally my style of race but I’m happy I was able to run another sub-11 performance in a different way."

The 28-year-old, who won bronze in the women's 4x100m relay in Rio and Tokyo, split with coach John Blackie after 19 years in October last year and moved to Texas to prepare for Paris under the guidance of Edrick Floreal.

"We’ve worked really hard on my top-end speed, on my form and relaxation. I didn’t panic in my running," said Asher-Smith.

The athletics competition at the Paris Olympics will take place from Aug. 1-11 at the Stade de France.

(Reporting by Shifa Jahan in Kolkata; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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