Asher-Smith wins European gold
Asher-Smith wins European gold

Kent’s Dina Asher-Smith made it a golden European sprint double for Britain after storming home in her 100m final on Tuesday night.

The 22-year-old from Orpington blitzed her rivals in Berlin’s Olympiastadion to become the first British woman to win the European crown since since Dorothy Hyman in 1962.

She clocked 10.85 seconds to set a new British record – beating her own – and remains on track for a treble bid as she aims to defend her 200m title and help secure the 4x100m relay gold.

German Gina Luckenkemper and Dafne Schippers made up the other podium positions.

Asher-Smith said: “I’m going to let myself enjoy the emotional high but then refocus. The 200m, I have to take it like another championship, it’s a completely clean slate because I’m only one third of the way there.

“You don’t know what those girls are going to bring, some of them haven’t run the 100m, so we’ll have to see.

“I said to myself ‘I’m here to win, I’m not taking any less’. I’m so happy to have done it. I was chilled, I felt like I was in good shape. I’ve worked out I have to be chilled to run well.”

To cap off a stunning night for GB’s sprinters, Zharnel Hughes won the men’s 100m gold with a championship record of 9.95secs as he dominated the race.


 
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