“We shouldn’t set ourselves any limits. If you stop thinking about boundaries and focus on the processes, who knows what can be achieved? Everything seems impossible until it’s done”
Dina Asher-Smith refuses to believe Florence Griffith Joyner’s 34-year-old 100m world record is untouchable.
On the eve of her first race of the year in Britain, at today’s Birmingham Diamond League, Britain’s fastest woman of all time insisted: “Nothing is impossible”.
Griffith Joyner’s record of 10.49 seconds has stood alone since 1988, but Olympic gold medalist Elaine Thompson-Herah ran 10.54 seconds last summer.
And when asked if it could be done, world 200m champion Asher-Smith said: “I think so, given the advances in technology and the increase in track technology.
“We shouldn’t set ourselves any limits. If you stop thinking about boundaries and focus on the processes, who knows what can be achieved? Everything seems impossible until it’s done.”
The 26-year-old, with a personal best of 10.83s in the 100m, didn’t rule out the possibility that she could be the one who could make it – while insisting medals are her priority in a year in which she won five titles three championships defended.
“If I said ‘no’ what would you say?” She answered. “Crazy things have been done and nothing is impossible.
“Records are nice, but that’s never my priority when I’m in a championship. It’s about being successful with them.”
Asher-Smith plans to move from World Championships to Commonwealth Games to European Championships.
She’s on a mission to make up for last year when a horrifically timed hamstring injury sabotaged her Olympic dream in Tokyo.
Although Thompson-Herah pulled out of their much-anticipated 100-meter showdown today, Asher-Smith has arrived in high spirits.
“I’m confident in the work I’ve done,” she said. “I’m confident in how much a different person and athlete I’ve been since 2019. It’s light years away.
“When I reach my peak in the championship time it will be great to put in some really good times.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/other-sports/athletics/dina-asher-smith-say-florence-27026754 Dina Asher-Smith had this to say about Florence Griffith Joyner's world record