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Athletics - 08. August 2018.

Asher-Smith soars to a British sprint title in Berlin

In an explosion of speed during the race - and in the space of 20 minutes in real time - Great Britain celebrated gold in both 100m races at the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships on Tuesday (7).

Dina Asher-Smith

Dina Asher-Smith, the defending 200m champion, first won in 10.85, equalling the world lead, and then teammate Zharnel Hughes broke the championship record time of 9.97 which Jimmy Vicaut had set in the semi-finals, winning gold in 9.95.

The Asher-Smith story remains remarkable, six years on from the-then teenager carrying the athletes' kits as a volunteer at the Olympic Games in London. Her victory means she bridges a gap of 56 years since a British woman last won this title, that being Dorothy Hyman in Belgrade in 1962.

Now 22, Asher-Smith looked superb in the semifinals as she won in 10.93 and then went even quicker in the final. There was equal excitement for the host nation as Germany's Gina Luckenkemper won silver in 10.98 with defending champion Dafne Schippers from the Netherlands third in 10.99.

"I came here to be European Champion, so I am happy to have achieved that," said Asher-Smith. "Europe is definitely the place to be sprinting, these girls are fast. I want to thank the fans across Europe for all the support. One race down, let's see what happens next in the 200m."

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