Asher-Smith splits with coach

By Evan Pender

OLYMPIC sprinter Dina Asher-Smith had split with her long time coach John Blackie.

Asher-Smith had been with Blackie for 19 years, ever since the ag of eight.

Blackie coached her to a gold medal in 2019 in the Doha World Finals, three silver medals and four bronzes across different Olympic and World Finals competitions.

She most recently won a bronze in the 2022 Eugene World Finals, at the age of 26 and the pair have decided it’s time for their partnership to end.

The British sprinter competed in this years World Championships and finished eighth in the 100 meters race and seventh in the 200 meters.

Asher-Smith said on her instagram saccount: “I am forever grateful to him, he has changed my life and we will remain remain close friends”.

As one partnership ends, another begins as the 27 year old runner passes the torch to Edrick Floreal who is a retired triple jumper from Canada.

The track and field coach had also been in charge for team USA most lately and is looking to end Asher-Smith’s slight drought and bring her back to glory.