Tokyo 2020 Olympics 200m sprint event: what time is the race and can Dina Asher-Smith win for Team GB?
This is one of Britain’s best shots of a track-and-field gold medal at these Tokyo Olympics, featuring the fastest female 200-metre runners in the world, and of course Dina Asher-Smith.
When is the 200m sprint event?
The women’s 200m heats get underway on August 2, day four of the athletics programme, at 10.30am local time (2.30am in Britain). The semi-finals are at 7.25pm local time (11.25am in Britain) later that evening.
The final is the closing race on August 3 at 9.50pm local time (1.50pm in Britain).
Where can I watch it?
Eurosport are the new players when it comes to showing the Olympics live, albeit you will need a subscription. You can add it to your Sky, BT or Virgin contract or sign up to Eurosport Player for direct access.
BBC One and BBC Two will broadcast more than 350 hours of action live from Tokyo, covering all 33 sports, while a second live stream will be available on BBC iPlayer. While the exact schedule has yet to be announced, it would seem likely that they will show Asher-Smith if she is running for gold.
Who is Dina Asher-Smith?
Quite simply, Asher-Smith is the greatest female sprinter Britain has ever produced. Having finished fifth, fifth and fourth over 200m at the previous three global championships, she confirmed her status as a potential world-beater when she claimed three gold medals (100m, 200m and 4x100m) at the 2018 European Championships.
The year after, she went to the World Championships and won gold over 200m and silver over 100m, breaking her own British record in both races.
Her personal bests of 10.82 seconds over 100m and 21.88sec over 200m put her alongside the best in the world over both distances.
Like everyone else in athletics, the 2020 season following her World Championships success was a strange one, taking part only in a couple of low-key 75m and 150m races at her local track in Bromley, Kent.
This season has seen her return to elite action in some style, going unbeaten in four indoor 60m races and continuing that fine form outdoors. Her most notable victory came when defeating Jamaica’s Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Sha’Carri Richardson, of the United States, over 100m in horrible weather at the Gateshead Diamond League meeting in late May.
She won the 100m with ease at the British trials, where she opted not to contest the 200m, although she will double up over both events in Tokyo.
Despite her status as world champion, Asher-Smith will not be most people’s favourite for gold in Tokyo. That title goes to Olympic 400m champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo, of the Bahamas, who has not contested the 200m at a global championships since 2017 but has ditched the longer sprint to concentrate solely on the 200m in Tokyo.
She beat Asher-Smith on both occasions they came up against each other over 200m in 2019 and is the woman to beat… or at least was the woman to beat before Gabby Thomas shocked the athletics world by moving second on the all-time list when running 21.61sec to win the American Olympic trials in June.
Aside from Miller-Uibo and Thomas, the Jamaican trio of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Shericka Jackson and reigning Olympic 200m champion Elaine Thompson-Herah will all be aiming for medals.