After a year of physical and emotional suffering, Dina Asher-Smith won the 200m world bronze to make her triumphant return to the major championship podium.
Shericka Jackson of Jamaica won the gold in the second-fastest time ever, 21.45, coming in just 0.11 seconds behind the 34-year-old world record.
Jackson’s native Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, who earlier in the week won the 100m gold medal, came in second in 21.81 seconds.
Due to a hamstring injury, Asher-2021 Smith’s Olympic campaign was completely destroyed.
The 26-year-old was particularly close to her grandma, who passed away earlier this year.Following the finish line, Asher-Smith collapsed to the track and hugged her mother Julie along the side of the racetrack.
After finishing in 22.02, 0.14 seconds slower than her British record, she told BBC Sport, “I don’t think we have ever been in a world final with that type of skill.”
I simply had to sprint as quickly as my legs would allow while sincerely hoping that it would be enough to place me on the podium.
In a time when everyone is moving so quickly, I’m overjoyed to have placed first.She continued by saying that her grandmother’s passing had “knocked me for six.”
“She had been ailing for a while, and she was very important to my family. As a child, I used to spend every day at her house,” she said.
“Athletics was at the back of my thoughts for a very long time; my mind was everywhere.
“This season has been an extremely difficult mental challenge to get through.”
Jackson has been in outstanding form this season after easing up too early in her heat at the Tokyo Olympics, which prevented her from qualifying for the 200m semifinals.
The 28-year-old qualified for the final with the quickest time this year and is the fastest in the world overall.She rounded the bend after Fraser-Pryce, but the former 400-meter sprinting champion had the speed to close the gap on her countrywoman, and she finished the race just outside of Florence Griffith Joyner’s 1988 world record.
Jackson follows Asher-Smith as the world champion, but the Briton defeated a weaker field in Doha in 2019.
Three years ago, American Brittany Brown’s silver-medal winning time would not have even qualified her for the Eugene final.
Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah and US collegiate champion Abby Steiner were two of the competitors who trailed Asher-Smith as she claimed the first spot on the podium.