Sprint queen Dina Asher-Smith points to historic triple after adding a 200m to 100m crown in Berlin

Dina Asher-Smith completed a sprint double in the European Championship on Saturday

Two gold medals, two times leaders in the world and endless possibilities that will go far beyond a hat-trick in Berlin. In fact, a triplet may have been the target when Dina Asher-Smith arrived for these European Championships, but her realistic goals should go much further.

Anything less would be to minimize the brilliance of the fire heels of what he has shown this week, starting with his gold medal of 10.85 seconds in the 100 meters on Tuesday and continuing what was an even better performance on Saturday night. .

It was simply amazing, covering the 200 meters in 21.89 seconds to defend the title he won in 2016. On one level, that meant erasing his own British record, just as he did in the shortest distance, but what about crushing a double? World champion in Daphne Schippers for the second time in four days? And what about the world list, which is now higher for two marquee distances? Extraordinary.

Dina Asher-Smith completed a sprint double in the European Championship on Saturday

Dina Asher-Smith completed a sprint double in the European Championship on Saturday

Schippers, on the other hand a winner of 13 medals of the Olympic Games to the Europeans, was defeated by the first corner. He ran the best 22.14 seconds of the season and was still in second place. Jamile Samuel, from Holland, was third, and the British Bianca Williams and Beth Dobbin came in sixth and seventh.

Of course, the teammate who finished a street ahead is not finished yet. Tonight he will compete in the 4x100m relay, for which Great Britain is a great favorite, but that would be a small clue as to what a fairly large cake is.

The probable triumph will give him a piece of history as the first Briton to win three golds at this level, but he will not tell us more than we already know, which is that this 22-year-old is one of the best sprints. talents on the planet and the leading athlete in the British team on its long runway to Tokyo 2020.

Asher-Smith left world champion Dafne Schippers behind to take the gold in the 200 meters

Asher-Smith left world champion Dafne Schippers behind to take the gold in the 200 meters

Asher-Smith left world champion Dafne Schippers behind to take the gold in the 200 meters

A certain degree of caution is necessary at this point, of course, because even though Schippers is a scalp of the highest order, and one that the Londoner has now taken twice, the fields here were naturally weaker than what Asher-Smith will find in the worlds in Doha next year and beyond in Tokyo. It was also her own admission after her 100m world advantage of 10.85 seconds that athletes outside of the Commonwealth and Europe may not have come close to 2018 with the same zeal as her in preparing for two major championships.

For that reason, the fascination over the next two years will see how Asher-Smith measures, with his British records for the 100 (10.85sec) and 200 (21.89sec below 22.07sec) currently good enough for the sixth set and third in the world, respectively, in the last two years, if you extend the sample to take in the season of the 2017 world championships.

That offers a broader picture of where he is and, indeed, the challenge he faces as part of a select group of British athletes with Laura Muir, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Lorena Ugen, Zharnel Hughes and Reece Prescod, which could now be considered potential contenders for the medal. in this Olympic cycle. Mo Farah would also join that list if his marathon results continue on an upward curve.

The desperation for the new prospects became evident in London 2017. Farah was the only individual medalist out of the relays in the capital and while the team reached its goal, the outcome of those championships should have been desperately concerned with performance director Neil Black. .

The 22-year-old, who broke her own British record to win the 100 meters, did it again in the 200 meters

The 22-year-old, who broke her own British record to win the 100 meters, did it again in the 200 meters

The 22-year-old, who broke her own British record to win the 100 meters, did it again in the 200 meters

Against that background, the consistency of Asher-Smith as a championship runner is one of the few trump cards he can play, because he now has 10 individual and relay medals in the Commonwealth Games, the Europeans inside and outside, the world championships and the Olympics. It could have been more considering that he was fourth in the 200 meters in the worlds last year, having lost most of the season with his foot broken.

His recovery now puts him at the forefront of what Black expects to be a British recovery worldwide.

Meanwhile, Laviai Nielsen, former European youth champion and part of the 4x400m team that took the silver world last year, was fourth in the 400m final. The 22-year-old, who likes Asher-Smith was a kit bike carrier in London 2012, qualified as the fastest but finished half a second behind the bronze at 51.21sec.

Ugen, who ranks number one in the world this year, fell in the final of the long jump. He sat ninth after two jumps with only the first eight advancing to the next three jumps, but he made a mistake in his final attempt.

Earlier, Tom Bosworth finished a disappointing seventh in the 20-kilometer race and then accused three of his rivals of & # 39; running & # 39;

It was a disappointing result for Bosworth, who holds the one-mile world record and was sixth at the Olympic Games in Rio. He led briefly after 15 km, but stepped back and crossed in 1:21:31, 49 seconds behind the eventual winner Álvaro Martín, who clocked 1:20:42.

He said: "I'm really upset to have seen three men in front of me literally run around the curves, that fucks me because it's just bad, I'm not going to put names, but it's going to be in the camera. .

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