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Bromley rallies round Olympic hopeful Dina Asher-Smith

PUBLISHED: 14:00 05 August 2016 | UPDATED: 10:32 09 August 2016

Sprinter Dina Asher-Smith

Sprinter Dina Asher-Smith

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The Orpington-born athlete is gunning for glory in Rio

Bromley is rallying behind Olympic hopeful Dina Asher-Smith as the 2016 games get underway in Rio, with the borough’s dignitaries lining up to pledge their support.

The Orpington-born athlete is representing Great Britain in both the 200m and the 4x100m relay, and hopes are high that she will walk away with a medal.

Twenty-year-old Ms Asher-Smith attended Newstead Wood School and is coached by John Blackie at Blackheath and Bromley Harriers Athletic Club.

Alan Blount, assistant head at Newstead Wood, said: “Newstead Wood School are immensely proud of Dina and all her achievements both on and off the track.

“She was a pleasure to teach here at Newstead and we always knew she was destined for greatness. We would like to wish Dina and Team GB the very best of luck in Rio 2016 and we will all be watching and cheering the team on.”

Orpington Conservative councillor Kim Botting said: “Dina Asher-Smith was very supportive of me when I was mayor last year and we turned on the Christmas lights in Orpington.

“She is a fantastic athlete, and I really do hope that in the Olympics she will do well and I wish her all the best.

“I very much hope that she gets a gold for Team GB. She is absolutely brilliant - a lovely lady and very good for Orpington.”

Bromley Labour leader Angela Wilkins commented: “We are very proud that a local person has achieved so much to be representing the UK.

“We wish you the very, very best of luck!”

Orpington MP Jo Johnson added: “Go, Dina! Orpington is rooting for you!”

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