British sprinter and teammate Shannon Hylton has tipped Dina Asher-Smith for Olympic glory after she became the first British woman to win a major title.
The 23-year-old raced to victory in the 200m at the World Championships in Doha last night, picking up gold with a British record time of 21.88 seconds.
The Kent-born athlete trained at Blackheath and Bromley Harriers, before quickly working up the ranks to race for Great Britain.
Ms Hylton is a member of the same running club and also coached by John Blackie, who has trained Asher-Smith since she was eight years old.
She has raced with Asher-Smith and believes she’s got everything it takes to win Olympic Gold in Tokyo next year.
The 22year-old told ITV News London: “This is just a stepping stone to Tokyo. She’s performed well against the top athletes who will also be there and they know she’s going to be there. We’ll see.
“The world’s her oyster right now. She just has to take everything in your stride, don’t get too complacent and that’s what she’s like.”
Asher-Smith is just the seventh British woman to win a world individual title joining Fatima Whitbread, Liz McColgan, Sally Gunnell, Paula Radcliffe, Christine Ohuruogu and Jessica Ennis-Hill.
She won the 200m youth title in 2013, and has spent the last six years working towards becoming a world champion.
After the race, she shared a tearful embrace with her mother in the stands.
Ms Hylton added: “She’s very grounded, she doesn’t overthink and let’s everything come naturally. That’s what makes her a great athlete and it reflects in her performances.”