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Less than 72 hours after taking silver in the 100m, the 23-year-old Londoner powered to the world title in the 200m to admirably live up to her role as favourite. She clocked 21.88 to clip 0.01 from the national record she set at the European Championships in Berlin 14 months ago.
“You’re only the favourite if you go out and perform how people expect you to and I was really focused on putting together a good race,” said Asher-Smith, whose 10.83 performance in the 100m final on Sunday was also an improvement on the national record she set at those same continental championships.
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