Dame Kelly Holmes says Dina Asher-Smith is 'the epitome of the role model the sport needs'

Dina Asher-Smith picks up another award to round off an outstanding year (PA Images)
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Dame Kelly Holmes has praised Great Britain's Dina Asher-Smith after she was named Sporting Hero at the Pride of Sport Awards.

The 24 year-old this year became the first British woman ever to win a world sprint title and she broke two national records winning the 200m and a silver medal in the 100m at Doha. 

Two-time Olympic middle-distance champion Holmes said: "Dina is the epitome of the role model we need at the moment in our sport.

"She is beautiful both inside and out. She is showcasing pure talent and professionalism and in a really lovely way. That’s what you want isn’t it, the personality and the success."

Dina Asher-Smith posing at the Pride of Sport awards last night (PA Images)

Former GB hurdle legend Sally Gunnell believes Asher-Smith is in her prime. She said: "People raise their game at the Olympics so it doesn’t just happen, you’ve still got to put the work in.

"But Dina has shown she can deliver on that stage and confidence is everything."

Gunnell is the only British female athlete to have won World, Olympic and Commonwealth titles. 

She continued: "There’s no reason she can’t repeat that next year.

"She’s in her prime at the moment. She’s young and enjoying it. If she stays injury free I think she will."