Michael Johnson highlights the positive growth Dina Asher-Smith is making under coach Flo Knows

Michael Johnson highlights the positive growth Dina Asher-Smith is making under coach Flo Knows

Funmilayo Fameso 13:32 - 02.04.2024

Four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson believes British star athlete Dina Asher-Smith made a smart move by teaming up with Coach Flo in Texas.

American track legend Michael Johnson believes that British athlete Dina Asher-Smith's decision to change her coach and train in the US was a smart move.

Asher-Smith, who split with her long-term coach John Blackie after nineteen years to team up with Coach Flo – Edrick Floréal at the University of Texas in the US, has shown brilliant early season performances justifiable of her switch.

Dina Asher-Smith

At the recently concluded Texas Relays, the 28-year-old was part of a star-studded 4x200m relay squad that included Rhasidat Adeleke, Lanae Tava-Thomas, and Julien Alfred that set a new world best of 1:27.05, bettering the official World Record of 1:27.46 held by the USA since 2000. However, their time did not stand as a new WR since the athletes represent different countries.

Shortly after the 4x200m race, Asher-Smith was back in the 4x400m, where she made a big difference as she anchored her team to victory. The multiple world championships medallist outran the more established quarter-miler Britton Wilson of Captain Athletics team in the last 100m for the famous win, proving the improvement in her speed endurance and growth under Coach Flo Knows.

After the race, Johnson - four-time Olympic gold medallist in the 200m and 400m, took to his X page to heap praises on the British speedster.

Michael Johnson was the former men's 200m WR holder at 19.32s

"Dina’s move to train with Coach Flo and a great group of training partners in Texas looking like a smart move! Strong 4x4 leg indicates improved speed endurance will help that 200 and could land her on the 4x4 relay in Paris," he wrote.

Asher-Smith will be gunning to have more improved performances in her individual races as the season progresses in preparation for a memorable outing at the Paris Olympic Games.