European Championships 2018: Dina Asher-Smith achieves dash double with 200m win
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|Venue: Olympic Stadium, Berlin. Dates: 7-12 August|
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Nice Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith accomplished a European Championships dash double with a surprising victory within the 200m last in Berlin.
The 22-year-old, who broke her personal British report to win the 100m, did so as soon as once more within the 200m as she left world champion Dafne Schippers trailing to take gold in 21.89 seconds.
Fellow Briton Shara Proctor, 29, took bronze within the girls’s lengthy bounce.
And GB’s males gained 4x400m relay silver, earlier than the ladies’s quartet took bronze.
Laviai Nielsen, 22, completed fourth within the girls’s 400m last.
The London 2012 volunteer, who helped Nice Britain win world 4x400m silver final 12 months however was not a part of the relay workforce on Saturday evening, clocked 51.21 secs, with Poland’s Justyna Ersetic-Swiety successful gold in 50.41 secs.
Britons Marc Scott (fifth), Chris Thompson (ninth) and Ben Connor (11th) didn’t problem for medals within the 5,000m last, which was won by 17-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen, together with his brother Henrik – 10 years Jakob’s senior – taking silver.
The Norwegian had turn into the youngest ever European champion when he gained the 1500m on Friday.
London athlete Jade Lally was 11th within the girls’s discus last.
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European Championships medal desk
‘That is new territory for me’
Asher-Smith stored her treble bid alive with a powerful win within the 200m, as she grew to become the primary girl to dip beneath 22 seconds this 12 months.
She can also be now the fourth girl to have achieved the dash double after Schippers (2014), Poland’s Irena Szewinska (1974) and legendary Dutch sprinter Fanny Blankers-Koen (1950).
“It is pleasure and in addition a shock,” Asher-Smith, who will bid to win her third gold within the 4x100m relay last on Sunday, informed BBC Sport.
“Issues in my life do not usually go to plan. I crossed the road and thought, ‘I’ve gained’. I regarded on the time and could not imagine it.
“That is fully new territory for me. I checked out those that had run sub-22 and used it as motivation – I’ve now accomplished it. It’s right down to all of coach John Blackie’s laborious work, focus and dedication since I used to be eight. It is testomony to his personal expertise.”
Silver medallist Schippers clocked a season’s better of 22.14 secs in second and fellow Dutch athlete Jamile Samuel took bronze in 22.37 secs.
Asher-Smith’s team-mate Bianca Williams was sixth (22.88 secs) with British champion Beth Dobbin seventh (22.93 secs).
‘That was wonderful’ – evaluation
Michael Johnson, four-time Olympic gold medallist on BBC TV
That was a implausible race, quicker than we anticipated given the situations. All of us anticipated Dina to go beneath 22 seconds, and now she’s accomplished that.
When Dina acquired going, she was already up on Samuel on the skin and he or she got here off the bend with a implausible lead.
She’s so assured now. We are able to say now, at this level, she’s mastered this 200m occasion. That was wonderful.
Feminine sprinters will see this and they’ll completely take discover of what Asher-Smith has accomplished. Schippers can inform all of them about what occurred – she had a entrance row seat.
She is completely now among the best on this planet. When different athletes are coaching for these world medals, they’ll have Dina Asher-Smith in thoughts.
Proctor shines in lengthy bounce thriller
One in every of most fun discipline occasions at this 12 months’s championships noticed Britons Proctor and 2016 silver medallist Sawyers maintain second and third positions up till the ultimate spherical of jumps.
Ukraine’s Maryna Bekh was in fourth after which produced a season’s greatest 6.73 along with her final try, pushing former The Voice UK singer Sawyers out of the highest three and Proctor right down to bronze.
Germany’s Malaika Mihambo gained gold with 6.75m.
“I needed to struggle for my spot and I like that,” stated Proctor, the 29-year-old British report holder.
“I got here away with a medal and I am completely happy. I am again to the place I need to be. I am wholesome, sturdy, assured and I do know I can go additional. I’ve much more expertise and much more to come back.”
Lorraine Ugen, who jumped a world main 7.05m private greatest within the British trials final month, completed in ninth after solely managing 6.45m.
GB relay squads add to tally
The British males’s 4x400m workforce of Rabah Yousif, Dwayne Cowan, 400m champion Matthew Hudson-Smith and Martyn Rooney appeared set to emulate the workforce’s bronze medal of 4 years in the past with Spain and Belgium within the gold and silver spots on the final leg.
Nevertheless, Spain’s Bruno Hortelano crumbled within the last 50m permitting each Belgium’s Kevin Borlee after which Rooney to overhaul.
“Everybody was so frightened of us so that they modified their orders simply to beat us,” stated Rooney, 31, who has now gained six relay medals at Olympic, world and European degree.
“Spain front-loaded their workforce and I knew if I may observe them I used to be going to be OK.”
Commonwealth 400m hurdles silver medallist Eilidh Doyle led her British workforce – which included Zoey Clark, Anyika Onuora, Amy Allcock – to bronze, behind Poland and winners France.
GB look to finish championships with a flourish – day 11 highlights
Britons to observe:
Gold medals: 25 in athletics, diving, swimming, golf, biking, gymnastics and athletics.
10:30 BST – There isn’t any Mark Cavendish however Adam Blythe and Ben Swift will fancy their possibilities if there’s a bunch dash within the males’s street race.
12:30 – Grace Reid, 3m springboard gold medallist, and Kat Torrance go for gold within the synchronised 3m springboard last.
13:00 – Golf pairings Laura Davies and Georgia Corridor, and Michele Thomson and Meghan Maclaren will probably be hoping to compete for girls’s foursomes gold within the last – first they have to navigate via the morning semi-finals.
15:00 – Olympic and world champion Max Whitlock will purpose to reclaim his European pommel horse title.
19:00 – Scot Laura Muir is likely one of the sturdy favourites to win the ladies’s 1500m.
20:20 & 20:35 – The inaugural 11-day multi-event competitors finishes with the girls’s and males’s 4x100m relay finals. Nice Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith is hoping for a 3rd gold in Berlin, and team-mate Zharnel Hughes will probably be searching for so as to add one other title to his 100m crown.
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