World Athletics Championships: 'The field is so wide open' - Dina Asher-Smith reaches 200m final with season's best time
After finishing fourth in the 100 metres, Asher-Smith continued to show good speed, producing her fastest time of the year so far at the distance at which she is the defending champion. The British sprinter was pipped into second in a fast second semi-final by Tamara Clark of the USA, with two-time Olympic 200 metre champion Elaine Thompson-Herah also progressing.
USA's Tamara Clark (R) crosses the finish line to come in first ahead of Britain's Dina Asher-Smith (C) and Jamaica's Elaine Thompson-Herah (L) in a heat of the women's 200m semi-final during the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, O
Dina Asher-Smith clocked a season's best time to reach the final and continue her defence of her 200 metres title at the World Championships in Oregon.
Asher-Smith (21.96 seconds) finished second in a hugely competitive second semi-final, pipped by a single hundredth of a second on the dip by Tamara Clark of the USA, with Elaine Thompson-Herah, a two-time Olympic gold medallist over the distance, also progressing in third.
The trio were three of five athletes to run beneath 22 seconds, with Jamaica's Shericka Jackson the fastest qualifier through to the final with a time of 21.67.
Elsewhere in Eugene, Brazil's Alison dos Santos ended Karsten Warholm's hopes of a third successive men's 400m hurdles title, running the third fastest time in history.
Dos Santos led home America's Rai Benjamin and Trevor Bassitt with a championship record 46.29, with Warholm appearing to struggle to hit top gear and finished seventh after an injury-hit build-up to the Worlds.
In the men's 200 metres semi-finals, Noah Lyles qualified fastest with a time of 19.62.
Teenage star and Lyles' compatriot Erriyon Knighton (19.72) won the third semi-final, with Kenneth Bednarek, another American, the third fastest through to the final.
British pair Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Joe Ferguson did not progress.
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