Doncaster's Beth Dobbin finishes fifth in 200m semi-finals at Tokyo Olympics

Olympic debutant Beth Dobbin bowed out of the women’s 200m at the semi-final stage with her head held high.

Monday, 2nd August 2021, 12:21 pm
Beth Dobbin in action in the 200m heats at the Tokyo Olympics. Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images

The 27-year-old, from Sprotbrough, finished fifth in a time of 22.85.

Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Herah, the reigning Olympic champion who also retained her 100m title on Saturday, won in an impressive time of 21.66 to qualify with Namibia’s Christine Mboma.

Going beyond the semi-final stage was always going to be a tall order for Dobbin in an ultra-competitive 200m competition.

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Beth Dobbin. Photo by Karl Bridgeman/Getty Images for British Olympic Association

Earlier today the Doncaster sprinter finished second in her heat to equal her season’s best time of 22.78.

Dobbin told BBC Sport: “I'm more pleased with my execution in the heat. I really like how I ran the bend in the heat.

“I tried to kick off the bend here and my legs just felt really heavy.

“To be a semi-finalist at the Olympics I can't be too hard on myself but I would've liked to be a bit quicker there to be honest.”

Dobbin, daughter of former Doncaster Rovers midfielder Jim Dobbin, was Team GB’s sole entrant in the women’s 200m after Dina Asher-Smith pulled out with a hamstring injury.

She was making her Olympic debut after only turning professional three years ago. The former Doncaster Athletic youngster has overcome epilepsy to reach the top of her sport.