Orpington's star sprinter Dina Asher-Smith wins gold at European Championships
PUBLISHED: 11:53 08 July 2016 | UPDATED: 12:14 08 July 2016
The sprinter is the fastest British woman in history
Dina Asher-Smith blazed a trial for Great Britain sprinters at the European Championships which her team-mates will bid to follow in Amsterdam on Friday.
The 20-year-old from Orpington powered through the field to land her first senior major title, and become the first British woman to win the European 200metres crown, claiming a dominant victory in a season’s best time of 22.37 seconds.
The likes of Christine Ohuruogu and Martyn Rooney in the women’s and men’s 400m respectively and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake in the 200m will look to follow her lead on day three of competition at the Dutch capital’s Olympic Stadium.
London 2012 long jump champion Greg Rutherford made it a night of double gold for Britain by winning his fifth major title, the best possible preparation for the defence of his Olympic crown in Rio next month.
He was made to sweat, though, having to wait until his fifth-round attempt before soaring out to 8.25m to win by just four centimetres from Sweden’s Michel Torneus and in doing so dispel any fitness fears following a month-long lay-off from competition.
Like Rutherford, Asher-Smith, a kit carrier at London 2012 and, with the national 100m and 200m already to her name, clearly the brightest of Britain’s young sprint hopes, has bigger fish to fry in Rio.
“Hopefully I’ve got a bit more in me,” she said. “Knowing the way my coach likes to peak our seasons there should be a bit left.
“We’re very much in the middle of the season and we still have our major aims to come.”
Rutherford added: “I’ve retained the European title, but, whilst it is all well and good being the best in Europe, for me it’s about being the best in the world. I’ll go into Rio fully expecting to do the same again.”
Tiffany Porter took Britain’s medal tally up to three with bronze in the 100m hurdles.