British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith and her long-time coach John Blackie have parted ways.
Asher-Smith announced the decision just nine months to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
A statement on her Instagram page said ”after 19 years, John Blackie and I have ended our coach-athlete partnership. My life changed by meeting him and I will forever be grateful to him.”
“His intellect, patience and dedication has taken me from an energetic eight-year-old to a world champion with over 20 international medals and many Olympics, World, Commonwealth and European finals.”
Happier times; Asher-Smith and Blackie in Doha after she won 200m gold in the World Championships
“John and I will, of course, remain close friends.
“Thank you to John and thank you to all my team in London whose talents and hard work have helped me realize so many dreams to date.” she said.
Their last competition together was this year’s World Championships, where Asher-Smith finished eighth in the 100m final and seventh in the 200m.
Asher Smith has trained under Blackie’s watch for 19 years and will now be trained by Texas based Edrick Floreal following their separation.
Under Blackie, Asher-Smith won 100m bronze at the 2021 Games in Tokyo.
She also won 100m bronze medals at the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 and in Tokyo five years later.
Her best performance under Blackie was in the 2019 World Championships in Doha where she won 200m gold.