Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill tips Dina Asher-Smith to achieve 'global' success in 2020

Asher-Smith won the 200m world title in Doha last year (PA Images)
Asher-Smith won the 200m world title in Doha last year (PA Images)
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Olympic heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill believes 2020 will be the year that British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith becomes a global sensation.

The 24 year-old won the 200m world title in Doha last year and also took the silver medal in the 100m.

And Ennis-Hill feels with the Tokyo Games coming up this summer that Asher-Smith can truly break through as an international star of the sport.

She said: “I am obviously biased because I am British but I am tipping Dina to do big things this year, I honestly think she is going to be truly global.

“She is a huge inspiration, that is how it starts. Being able to see other athletes achieve their dreams and their goals and being able to relate to them in some way."

Another athlete who is promising big things in Tokyo later this year is heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson, who is looking to follow in Ennis-Hill's footsteps as another British Olympic champion in the event.

And Ennis-Hill is unwavering in her belief that the Liverpudlian can be the heir to her thrown.

“I also think for Katarina [Johnson-Thompson] to be achieving what she is so far, and taking that legacy on within the heptathlon, is a great thing for sport," she added.

“I think she will absolutely encourage more young girls to come in to the event which is great because that legacy will go on for a long time.”

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