By Marios Papaloizou

Orpington’s Dina Asher-Smith once again showed why she is the brightest prospect in British sprinting as she continued her fine 2015 with a sensational 200m performance at the Sainsbury’s Summer Grand Prix in Birmingham.

Less than a fortnight ago the 19-year-old became the fastest British woman ever over 100m when she posted 11.02 seconds in the Netherlands.

And on Sunday the Blackheath & Bromley Harriers member’s potential was underlined once again as she went up against a stacked international field which included Olympic champion Allyson Felix.

Asher-Smith showed no signs of being daunted by the competition as she burst out of the blocks and led the race at the bend, only to finish third by the narrowest of margins after being pipped by Felix and fellow American Jeneba Tarmoh.

However, the youngster still managed to cross in 22.30s – the second-fastest time ever recorded by a Brit – and was only 0.01 seconds behind the Americans who both finished on 22.29s.

And while Asher-Smith insists the national 200m record of 22.10 isn’t on her mind, she knows from experience that anything is possible.

Asher-Smith was speaking at the event, a partnership with British Athletics that builds on Sainsbury’s support for the 2012 Paralympics and recognises that sport can unite and inspire children of all ages.

She said: “That really took it out of me but I'm just really happy with that.

“Yesterday (Saturday) I was just hopeful that I could get somewhere close to my personal best.

“But to do that is just wow, I'm really really happy.

“The key to the race was maintaining my form.”

Asher-Smith added: “I couldn’t have been in a better position to be leading after 100 but they caught me a little but I’m so happy with the time.

“I hope that I can keep going and posting quick times.

“To be fair that took it out of me so I've got some strength training to do before I can even look at the 200m record.

“But the 100m record wasn’t really in my sights either so I don’t know, I have no idea I just hope it can continue because it’s better than being sad at not running well.”

Elsewhere, there was a stunning 9.97-second run from fellow Blackheath & Bromley Harrier Adam Gemili in the 100m.

But it came at a cost as the Dartford speed sensation crossed the line and tumbled with what is a suspected torn hamstring.

“I felt my hamstring go as I dipped, but I’m in good spirits,” Gemili said.

“British sprinting is really stepping up and I'm glad to be a part of it.”

Sainsbury's is a proud partner of British Athletics. The partnership reflects Sainsbury's wider commitment to inspiring healthy lifestyles for all, and complements grassroots campaigns such as Active Kids and the Sainsbury's School Games.

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