Beth Dobbin reaches 200m semi-finals at World Athletics Championships

Beth Dobbin admitted nerves may have got the better of her despite securing her place in the semi-finals of the 200m at the World Athletics Championships in Doha.

Monday, 30th September 2019, 6:11 pm
Updated Monday, 30th September 2019, 9:07 pm
Beth Dobbin after her heat at the World Athletics Championship in Doha

The Doncaster athlete finished third in her heat in a time of 23.14s, edging through to the next stage with what she termed as a disappointing performance.

“It felt quite hard,” she said afterwards.

“I was hoping for a quicker time but I’m through to the semis and that’s the main thing.

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“The warm-up felt good but maybe I got just a bit too nervous for my first World Championships.

“I’m through to the semis though.

“Now it’s just above recovery, icing, treatment and getting my food in before a good night’s sleep for tomorrow.”

Dobbin – daughter of former Doncaster Rovers, Barnsley and Rotherham United midfielder Jim – will compete in the second of three semi-finals which begin at 7.35pm on Tuesday.

Britain’s top medal hope in the event is Dina Asher-Smith, who won silver in 100m on Sunday and was the fastest qualifier in the heats.