Dina Asher-Smith broke down in tears as she revealed she will be pulling out of the 200m because of a hamstring injury she suffered just weeks before the Olympics.
The British sprinting star’s Olympic dreams were in tatters on Saturday after she failed to qualify for the 100m final and then withdrew from the 200m.
In a huge anti-climax, the leading lady of British athletics could manage only a third-placed finish in her semi-final in 11.05sec.
That left her relying on being one of two fastest losers to scrape into the final but in a twist of fate the final spot was taken by her British team-mate Darryl Neita.
Dina Asher-Smith faced an anxious wait to see if she made the final after finishing third
Asher-Smith finished behind Elaine Thompson-Herah and Ajla del Ponte in her semi-final
Daryll Neita finished fourth in her semi-final and beat Asher-Smith to the fastest loser place
With Asher-Smith clearly struggling with the hamstring injury that prevented her from competing in Gateshead less than three weeks ago, she then confirmed to BBC 5 Live she would abandon plans to compete in the 200m.
She revealed she had torn her hamstring in the British trials last month and that surgery would have necessitated a lay-off of at least three months.
Currently it is unclear if she will press on with plans to run in the 4x100m relay but it must be in major doubt, with the knock-on effect that the absence of Britain’s prime track and field hope will hammer their medal prospects at the Games.
It is a massive setback for the 25-year-old who arrived in Japan with hopes of becoming Britain’s first Olympic sprint medallist since 1960.
It was obvious in Friday’s heats that the British record holder, with a personal best of 10.83sec, was way off her pace and that of the field. Her run of 11.07sec was only the 11th quickest of the qualifiers, and her improvement in the semi-final was marginal.
Neita made the final by just one thousandth of a second ahead of Asher-Smith’s time
The second semi-final saw Marie-Josee Ta Lou and Shericka Jackson advancing as the top two, with Michelle-Lee Ahye finishing third with a time of 11.00 to push Asher Smith down the pecking order for the fastest loser spots.
In the final semi-final, Shelley-Ann Fraser Pryce took the victory ahead of Mujinga Kambundji with Teahna Daniels finishing third to knock Asher-Smith out of the fastest loser spots.
Neita finished fourth and took the second fastest losers spot by one thousandth of a second.
Asher-Smith will now set her sights on getting ready for her favoured 200m event