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Dina Asher-Smith insists split from boyfriend Zharnel Hughes will not derail Commonwealth Games medal bid

Dina Asher-Smith insists her split from sprinter boyfriend Zharnel Hughes will not derail her Commonwealth Games medal challenge.

Britain’s European champion is among the favourites for 200 metres gold when the Games get underway here next week.

The 22-year-old took fourth in last summer’s World Championships – and won a relay silver – despite breaking her foot only six months before.

Having regained full fitness and missed last month’s World Indoors in Birmingham to focus on Gold Coast glory, she says she is in a “happy” place – despite breaking up with Hughes, a training partner of Usain Bolt until the world record holder’s retirement.

“We are fine, we are still friends,” she said. “I won’t go into the details because that is personal life but we are cool, absolutely fine.

“I am not a celebrity so I didn’t think it was that much of a big deal to be in the papers. It is hilarious that people care if I have a boyfriend. I can’t wait to tell him.”

Asher-Smith is part of a team of 600 athletes and staff – the largest ever to represent England in an overseas sporting event.

In Glasgow four years ago the Poms topped the medal table for the first time since 1986, so not surprisingly the host nation are out for revenge.

Olympic champions Adam Peaty (swimming), Max Whitlock (gymnastics), Alistair Brownlee (triathlon) and Philip Hindes (cycling) lead the way in a team will compete in 18 sports, including 38 para medal events.

But Team England president Denise Lewis picked out Asher-Smith for special mention, saying: “We will get the opportunity to have a healthy Dina at the top of her game in the individual sprints.”

The Kent flyer is making her Commonwealth Games debut and is not only mercifully free of injury but also finally clear of studies.

“Hopefully it won’t be the best of me because I still have two Olympics cycles to go,” she said. “But hopefully it will be a really big year for me.

“My foot is no longer broken so I am not racing to get into shape this time. I’m not relaxed about competition because I need to bring my A game, or A plus. But I do feel really relaxed and happy.

“I have never been to this part of the world and there are not as many bugs as I was expecting – so that is a really good sign!”