Asher-Smith was slated to feature in the women’s 200m against Jamaica’s double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, but withdrew from the event as a precaution with a tight hamstring.
“With the Olympic Games so close she does not want to risk anything,” the Gateshead Diamond League Meeting organisers confirmed in a statement this weekend.
The world champion from Doha 2019 is one of the favorites to win the 200m gold medal at the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games later this summer, and she said her decision to pull out of the meeting was to prevent any serious injuries.
The 25-year-old was hoping to use Tuesday’s meeting as her final competitive preparation ahead of the Olympics before flying to Japan.
Asher-Smith tweeted: “As you all know, I love running in front of a home crowd but I have to make smart decisions for myself and my body ahead of Tokyo!
“I’m sorry to those who were hoping to see me run this week but I’m looking forward to making you all proud in a few weeks time.”
This now means Jodie Williams and Beth Dobbin will be the two British starters in the race that also includes Blessing Okagbare of Nigeria, Americans Tamara Clark and Dezerea Bryant, as well as Jamaica’s Natasha Morrison.
The delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games start on 23 July, with track and field competitions scheduled to begin on July 30.