Great Britain sprinters celebrated success last night with double Gold in the Women’s and Men’s 100m at the European Championships.
In the women’s race it was Dina Asher-Smith how blitzed the entire field that included 200m world champion Daffne Schippers who snatched Bronze with 10.99, fractionally behind Gina Luckenkemper who took silver with 10.98. However, Dina had no equal on the night has she raced away to record a new British record of 10.85 secs and equalling the fastest time by any female this season.
This is Asher-Smith’s first 100m gold at a major championship, however the 22 year old has already taken European glory when she won the 200m in the 2016 European championships.
Speaking to the BBC after the race, Asher-Smith said;
“I am so happy right now. To run a 10.8 in the championships is a big deal, I did everything right. I was so happy to nail it in the final because I know there are so many talented people around me but you have to ignore that.
“I wanted the world leading time, but I will try again later in the season. I am hoping to do the same thing in Tokyo [at the 2020 Olympics].”
Shortly after Zharnel Hughes but the disappointment of the Commonwealth 200m final behind him to clock up a winning time of 9.95 seconds to take the Men’s 100m, with Great Britain team mate Reece Prescod only 0.01 second’s behind to take Silver.
Turkey’s Jak Ali Harvey just pipped GB’s CJ Ujah to third place as the British trio aimed for a clean sweep.
In a year in which Hughes has had his ups and downs, including being held up at gun point and winning the commonwealth 200m final only to be later disqualified, the 23 year old can add his first European Gold to the 4x100m Commonwealth gold he won in April.
Also speaking to the BBC after the race, Hughes told reporters;
“I am happy and the job is done, I felt a bit of cramp so I don't think I could have gone any faster but I'm just happy.
“Reece is a fast finisher so I had to stay relaxed as he would challenge me. I am happy we came out victorious.”