Spectacular Asher-Smith secures double sprint gold on day ten
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Spectacular Asher-Smith secures double sprint gold on day ten

11 August 2018 / 21:13
Dina Asher-Smith headlined the penultimate night of action at the European Championships by clinching gold in the women's 200m final.

Just days after sprinting to victory in the 100m – the 22-year-old smashed the Championship and British record to set a new world leading time of 21.89s and claim gold.

Matthew Hudson-Smith followed up his success in the 400m by helping Great Britain win silver in the men’s 4x400m with Martyn Rooney charging across the line.

A flurry of bronze medals also went Great Britain’s way with Shara Procter in the long jump and the quartet of Eilidh Doyle, Anyika Onuora, Zoey Clark and Amy Allcock in the 4x400m relay.
Elsewhere, Great Britain’s divers continued their remarkable European Championships by winning gold and two silvers in the space of two hours.

Grace Reid became the new European 3m springboard champion after leapfrogging compatriot Alicia Blagg into silver with her final stunning dive.

Earlier Lois Toulson and Matt Lee won silver in the mixed synchro 10m platform.
The first British one-two of the day came in the men’s BMX final where Kyle Evans raced to gold ahead of Kye Whyte in silver.

And there were history makers out on the greens of Gleneagles as Meghan MacLaren, Liam Johnston, Michele Thomson and Connor Syme took silver in the inaugural European Golf Championships.

Finally, Great Britain’s gymnasts captured silver in the men’s team event behind Russia in gold.

Great Britain remain second in the medal table despite surpassing Russia’s overall medal tally with 65.

Record breaking Dina Asher-Smith

Dina Asher-Smith was lost for words after smashing the British and Championship record on the way to victory in the women’s 200m.

Setting a world leading time of 21.87s, the 22-year-old 100m and 200m champion triumphed by charging ahead of Dafne Schippers in silver.

“I think it was a mix of joy and shock,” said Asher-Smith.

“Things in my life don't usually go to plan, nothing had gone wrong, so I was wondering what was going to go wrong and I got across the line, looked at the time and honestly can't believe it. I'm lost for words.
“I'm used to looking at people's performances and wishing I could do that and using that as motivation to train harder so to now do it, I'm honestly lost for words.

“I've seen my mum and dad, my physio, they were all going bananas and I really want to see John (her coach) because all his patience, focus and dedication - it's testament to his skills that I could go and put these two times together this week.

“I can't remember the race to be honest, I just thought I'd go out there and run.”

Britain turns medal flush in Berlin

The medal charge continued on the athletics track as Matthew Hudson-Smith, Martyn Rooney, Rabah Yousif and Dwayne Cowan crossed the line in silver position in the men’s 4x400m.

Looking as if they quartet were heading towards bronze, Martyn Rooney charged past Spain to claim a deserving silver.

Finishing strongly, Rooney said: “It was a tough leg. There were six or seven teams that put themselves out there to beat us - not run their own race.

“Everyone was so scared of us so, they changed their orders just to beat us - Spain front-loaded their team and I knew if I could track them I was going to be okay.”
Meanwhile Shara Procter leapt to bronze in the long jump by jumping to 6.70m with her final jump.

It was a bittersweet victory for Great Britain as Jazmin Sawyers narrowly missed out in fourth as a result of Procter’s bronze medal winning distance.

Proud to pick up a bronze medal, Procter said: “It was a good competition, it was fun. I had to fight for my spot and I love that. I earned my spot, even though I wanted more.

“I came away with a medal and I'm happy with that. The wind was back and forth, it was swirling so it was hard to adjust on the runway.

“I'm back to where I want to be, I'm healthy, strong and confident, and I know I can go further. I have a lot more talent and a lot more to come.”

Lorraine Ugen finished in ninth in the long jump as Laviai Nielsen narrowly missed out on bronze in the women’s 400m.

Beth Dobbin and Bianca Williams finished sixth and seventh respectively in the women’s’ 200m. 

In the 5000m Marc Scott finished impressively in fifth and Chris Thompson in ninth.

Great Britain’s divers dominate in Edinburgh

Olympic medallist Tom Daley may not be at the European Diving Championships but Grace Reid insists his shadow still looms large after she stormed to three-metre springboard gold.

The 22-year-old was down in third for much of the final but a stunning last dive catapulted her to gold, denying Great Britain teammate Alicia Blagg by less than two points.

Daley is taking time away from diving after becoming a father and Reid, who partners him in the mixed three-metre springboard, insists his influence is still being felt.

“Usually, I have been chasing and snapping at the other girls’ heels but today I qualified in second and I have not been in that position before,” the 22-year-old said.

“Tom would have told me to embrace it and I did that. In the past I probably would have been daunted by this.

“The pressure would have affected me and made me more nervous but I did not see being the home favourite as a pressure – it was an asset.
“I had everyone supporting me and that helped me.” Reid could make it two golds on Sunday as she lines up with fellow Scot Katherine Torrance in the mixed three-metre springboard final.

“I was saying earlier that I just want to be done and have a pizza but unfortunately not,” she added.

“I have to refocus and the first thing is recovery. Then it’s the women’s synchro.”
Elsewhere, Matty Lee and Lois Toulson won silver in the mixed synchronised ten-metre platform final.

They finished with a score of 307.80, less than two points from gold medallists Nikita Shleikher and Yuliia Timoshinina of Russia.

“I knew we had to do a good dive in the last round to get a gold medal. Unfortunately, we just missed it by two points, but that’s diving,” Lee said.

“We wouldn't be carrying on doing this if we weren'’t really a strong team and good friends. We've being doing this for quite a while.”

British BMXers blow away the field

Great Britain’s Kyle Evans was crowned men’s BMX champion ahead of silver medallist teammate Kye Whyte.

Finishing in a time of 34.715 seconds, 24-year-old Evans comfortably sped to gold, electrifying the home crowd and surprising the man himself.
He said: “For me to go out and perform like that is huge. I'm at a loss for words at the minute.

“There were so many good riders here, the top six in the world are all from Europe. It was never going to be easy.”

His 18-year-old teammate Whyte added: “It's crazy. This is my first year as elite, so I didn't expect to reach the final. 

“It's unbelievable to finish second behind my team-mate.”

In the women’s race Bethany Shriever finished in a battling eighth place.

As a result of the day’s action - Britain’s cycling medal tally increased to 12 at the European Championships. 

Great British gymnasts gain glory

Max Whitlock, Joe Fraser, James Hall, Courtney Tulloch and Dominick Cunningham brought Glasgow’s SSE Hydro into raptures by striking silver in the men’s team final.

Dominating on the pommel horse and vault, the British team shone and led going into the final horizontal bars event.

A few slips allowed Russia to take advantage and claim the gold, despite an incredible effort from 19-year-old Joe Fraser throughout the day.

Fraser said: “It was absolutely unreal, to be out there and showing the home crowd what I could do is incredible, my family were out there and knowing everyone is watching your routine is surreal.”

“I’m in a team with Commonwealth medallists, Olympic medallists and for me it’s a case of showing them that I’m worthy of being in such a great team.

“I’m so proud of everyone, I just tried to have as much fun as I could and tried not to think about this being the European Championship final.”

History making golfers 

British golfers Meghan MacLaren, Liam Johnston, Michele Thomson and Connor Syme took silver in the inaugural European Golf Championships.

In the first stroke play mixed foursome – the quartet finished two under par to finish behind Iceland in gold.

2018 British Open winner Georgia Hall and her team narrowly missed out on a play-off for bronze.

The golf returns on Sunday in the men’s and women’s team competition as Georgia Hall and Laura Davies go for gold.

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