European Championships 2018: Dina Asher-Smith wins third gold as GB win 4x100m title

2018 European Championships
Venues: Glasgow and Berlin Dates: 2-12 August
Coverage: Live across BBC TV, BBC Radio 5 live and sports extra plus the BBC Sport website with further coverage on BBC iPlayer, Red Button, Connected TVs and mobile app

Dina Asher-Smith won her third gold medal of the European Championships as she led Great Britain to victory in the women's 4x100m relay final in Berlin.

The 100m and 200m champion ran a superb final leg to pass Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands in the final 30 metres for a fitting end to her campaign.

Britain then won the men's 4x100m relay in the final event of the competition.

Laura Muir took 1500m gold for her first major outdoor title with team-mate Laura Weightman getting bronze.

Another Briton, Eilish McColgan, clinched silver in a dramatic women's 5,000m final.

The five medals on Sunday meant Great Britain finished top of the athletics table with 18 - seven gold, five silver and six bronze.

Final medal table

They finished second in the overall table, behind Russia, in these inaugural multi-sports championships, winning 74 medals - 26 gold, 26 silver and 22 bronze.

Russian team members were awarded a trophy for topping the medal table at the closing celebrations in George Square, Glasgow.

Other highlights on the final day

Asher-Smith leads relay gold rush

Asher-Smith became the first woman since German Katrin Krabbe in 1990 to win three European sprint titles at one championships.

Asha Philip and Imani Lansiquot ran the first two legs before Bianca Williams handed over to the anchor. The 22-year-old was in fourth spot but produced a blistering run to cross the line in a world-leading 41.88 seconds. Netherlands took silver (42.15) ahead of Germany (42.23).

"I'm just honestly so proud. You go in aiming for this, but you never know if it will be possible," Asher-Smith told BBC Sport.

"I'm so grateful for all these girls for putting out their best for our country and coming home with gold."

Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, who replaced the injured Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, had a slightly easier job on the final leg of the men's 4x100m relay.

Team-mates CJ Ujah, 100m champion Zharnel Hughes and Adam Gemili ensured Aikines-Aryeetey had a good lead when he took the baton. The 29-year-old crossed the line in 37.80 seconds, with Turkey second (37.98) and Netherlands third (38.03).

Hughes, 23, who leaves Berlin with two titles, said: "The guys held their composure, we stayed relaxed.

"This team is so strong, we have such depth. I'm really grateful to come away with two gold medals."

Muir rewarded for brave break

Muir came into the final as the pre-race favourite despite having not won a gold medal in any of the major outdoor competitions.

Sunday's race began at a slow pace before Muir decided to move to the front and increase the pace. Team-mate Weightman, who won bronze in 2014, followed her as she stretched the field.

Poland's Sofia Ennaoui overtook Weightman in the home straight and began to close the gap on Muir, but the Scot held on to finish in four minutes 02.32 seconds.

"I just knew the girls had a good finish so the longer I left it the riskier it would be so I just ran as hard as I could for the finish line," Muir told BBC Sport. "It was great Laura could get in behind me too."

"It was probably the most pressure I've been under in terms of the level of expectation to win, it was something new for me and I think I've handled it really well.

"I'm just thankful for the support I've had from back home and here as well."

Lap error costs 5,000m athlete

One of the more unusual spectacles of the final athletics session came in the women's 5,000m

With 700 metres remaining, eventual winner Sifan Hassan led with Lonah Salpeter close behind. The Israeli athlete then made a burst for the line assuming it was the end of the race - she celebrated silver before realising her mistake once the final-lap bell sounded. By this point Salpeter had already lost her position to McColgan and then saw Turkey's Yasemin Can pass her to take bronze.

Hassan won in a championships record of 14 minutes 46.12 seconds, McColgan clocked 14:53.05 and Can finished in 14:57.63. Britons Melissa Courtney (15:04.75) and Steph Twell (15:41.10), were sixth and 11th, respectively.

Sweden's Armand Duplantis created history by becoming the youngest European champion in a field event by winning the men's pole vault. The 18-year-old won with a world under-20 record of 6.05m. Russian Timur Morgunov was second (6.00m) and France's London 2012 gold medallist Renaud Lavillenie third (5.95m). Briton Adam Hague was 10th with a personal best of 5.65m.

There were Britons in Sunday's other finals - Kent-born Rosie Clarke was 10th in the women's 3,000m steeplechase, Nathan Douglas was sixth in the men's triple jump and Sophie Hitchon finished eighth in the women's hammer.

Leading GB athletes at the 2018 European Championships

Adam PeatySwimming4004
Duncan ScottSwimming3104
James GuySwimming3014
Dina Asher-SmithAthletics3003
Georgia DaviesSwimming2114
Freya AndersonSwimming2024
Jack LaugherDiving2103
Laura KennyCycling2002
Zharnel HughesAthletics2002
Katie ArchibaldCycling1203
Ethan HayterCycling1023


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