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

Kent’s Dina Asher-Smith won European Championship gold in the 100m for the second time in her career after a storming victory in Rome on Sunday evening.

Clocking an impressive time of 10.99 seconds, the 28-year-old Orpington sprint superstar came home first in a talented field at the Olympic Stadium after a strong run in the final 50m to overcome a slower start.

Asher-Smith came home in front of Ewa Swoboda of Poland, who took silver, with bronze going to home favourite Zaynbab Dosso in the Italian capital.

The other British competitor in the sprint showpiece, Amy Hunt, finished in seventh place.

“I’ve just moved coach, I’m having great fun, a great time and I’m trying new things,” said Asher-Smith. “When you are in a new set-up in an Olympic year, you have to use every opportunity to try new things.

“Tried something new today but I have been working really hard on my top-end speed and it’s working.

“I did not get the best start for me but I was able to work it back and that’s something I’ve worked really hard on.

“That was a bit hairy but made it. It’s new style of winning a race for me – so that’s a new plus.

“I definitely looked to come here and win. I knew I was capable of it. I knew that I was in great shape in Munich as well but it just didn’t happen.

“I was very happy to do that today, in a new race style.”