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Viewers slam BBC for ‘distressing’ interview with Dina Asher-Smith

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Viewers have slammed the BBC for its "distressing" and "heartbreaking" interview with a Kent athlete, who was forced to pull out of the Olympics.

Great Britain's world champion Dina Asher-Smith, from Orpington, pulled out of the Olympic 200m after announcing she tore her hamstring earlier this month.

The 25-year-old, who suffered the injury at the British Championships, did not make the 100m final in Tokyo after running 11.05 seconds in her semi-final earlier today (Saturday, July 31).

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An emotional Asher-Smith told BBC Sport she was "likely to pull out of the 200" before she stopped, turned away from the camera in a bid to compose herself.

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However, shortly after turning back she said "we'll let the start go and let me cry" before Asher-Smith turned away again to wipe away her tears.

The BBC then zoomed in to capture the athlete's emotional moment before she continued her interview.

Shortly afterwards, Asher-Smith confirmed she would pull out of the Olympic 200m before she briefly paused in a bid to stop herself from crying.

She later said "I don't want to cry on TV", while wiping away her tears.

However, the athlete was optimistic about her future and concluded: "There are plenty other championships for me to come and kill."

Angry viewers took to Twitter to slam the BBC for continuing to film Asher-Smith while she was crying.

One person raged: "Really poor of BBC Sport to not cut away when Dina asked for space and even worse that they zoomed in.

"Sort it out BBC. Gutted for Dina Asher-Smith, heartbreaking.

"What a brave person and what a superstar she is. She will come out stronger. Looking forward to #Paris2024."

Another person criticised the BBC and said: "You mention well-being a lot, and yet when someone is struggling you keep the camera on and even zoom in.

"Shame on you #bbcolympics#dinaashersmith."

Another person wrote: "BBC were that bothered they continued the interview and focused right in on her when she was upset.

"Learnt a lot from the Eriksen coverage complaints."

In a tweet, BBC Sport described Asher-Smith's news as "heartbreaking".

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