Dina Asher Smith faces a race against time to be fit for the Commonwealth Games after enduring a World Championships relay nightmare.
The 26-year-old, who won bronze in the 200m on Thursday, was injured before the final change with Daryl Neita in the 4x100m on Saturday.
She kept running to pass the baton, but it stopped the team’s momentum and Neita was only able to cross the line in sixth, despite clocking a stunning 9.57 seconds as the team managed 42.75 seconds to Eugene.
The UNITED STATES beat Jamaica – which featured Shericka Jackson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Elaine Thompson-Herah – for gold with Germany third.
Asher-Smith was coy about the nature of the problem – despite it being on his left leg – but has just nine days until the 100m on the opening day of Commonwealth Games athletics on August 2 .
“I’m still stunned. If I had felt anything during the warm-up, I would never have run. I’m shocked. It’s just something I couldn’t continue. I feel really bad,” said Asher-Smith, who is due to race the 100m and 4x100m relays in Birmingham.
“I hope it’s nothing serious because I still have a lot of races to do this year. I feel terribly bad. I felt good, we were running good,” she said.
“I’m going to have to go see my physio but I just feel a bit confused because I felt good coming in, I took the turn and my legs just stopped matching with me.
“I was literally like ‘what’s going on? Body what did you do to me?'”
When Asher-Smith took over from Lansiquot Britain were third but despite Neita’s brilliant race, they couldn’t take anything away.
Neita said: “She’s done incredibly well to keep running. I saw his face and I was like, ‘no, no, no, don’t give it to me.
“I didn’t want to run away from her because I saw her face and it didn’t look nice. The fact that she wanted to take over shows what a team player and fighter she is. She will be fine.
“When you look back, you’ll see how far ahead we were. It’s just a weird thing.
“The bottom line is that Dina is doing well and ready for the cocos.”
Lansiquot also supported Asher-Smith with the team on the track after the race.
She said: “We win together, we lose together. All that matters is ‘are you okay?’ We know how good we are. It’s just not our day and the most important thing is to get back on track.
Heartbreak for Great Britain as Dina Asher-Smith suffers injury in relay final
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