Dina Asher-Smith and Zharnel Hughes both win 100m gold for Great Britain at the European Championships

Last Updated August 07 2018, 21:53Other Sports
Dina Asher-Smith is the European 100m champion
Dina Asher-Smith is the European 100m champion

History makers Zharnel Hughes and Dina Asher-Smith powered to European Championships gold as they claimed the 100m titles to ignite Great Britain's campaign.

Hughes was favourite to take the crown along with Asher-Smith as the pair dominated the field at the Olmypic Stadium in Berlin on Tuesday.

Only James Dasaolu, in 2014, has won the 100m for Britain since Darren Campbell's 1998 triumph while Asher-Smith became the first British woman to win the 100m title since Dorothy Hyman 56 years ago.

Reece Prescod was second in 9.96 seconds, his first sub-10 run, as Turkey's Ali Harvey denied Britain a 1-2-3 and CJ Ujah came fourth.

Darren Campbell and Dwayne Chambers claimed a 1-2 in 1998 while James Asaolu and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey were first and third four years ago.

Hughes said: "It shows we have class now to be individual runners and we are capable of being in the finals. Reece started it last year and it shows we are ready to take on the rest of the world in the future.

"Dina did her thing as well in the 100m and congratulations to her and it's just a stepping stone for the greatness to come for Great Britain.

"It sets me up going into the World Championships next year and I just need to stay focused."

Asher-Smith was just one hundredth of a second outside of her own record when she clocked 10.93secs in the semi-final and smashed through it in the final with a British record time of 10.85secs.

GB have only had one British woman on the podium since 1974 when Ashleigh Nelson claimed bronze in 2014 but Asher-Smith beat Germany's Gina Luckenkemper and reigning champion Dafne Schippers.

It is the first gold medal of her treble bid as she targets the defence of her 200m title and gold in the 4x100m relay.

Asher-Smith said: "I'm going to let myself enjoy the emotional high but then refocus. The 200m, I have to take it like another championship, it's a completely clean slate because I'm only one third of the way there.

"You don't know what those girls are going to bring, some of them haven't run the 100m, so we'll have to see.

"I said to myself 'I'm here to win, I'm not taking any less'. I'm so happy to have done it.

"I was chilled, I felt like I was in good shape. I've worked out I have to be chilled to run well."

Elsewhere, Commonwealth champion Nick Miller flopped in the hammer, coming 10th with 73.16m.

Decathlete Tim Duckworth is 95 points clear at the top of the leaderboard after the first day with the 22-year-old boosted by the withdrawal of world champion Kevin Mayer.

In the morning, defending champion Martyn Rooney reached Wednesday's 400m semi-finals.

The 31-year-old, who won in 2014 and 2016, finished third in his heat in 46.27secs at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin.

Dwayne Cowan survived a yellow card after his first start to win his heat in 45.75secs with Lynsey Sharp, Adelle Tracey and Shelayna Oskan-Clarke all reaching the 800m semi-finals.

Holly Bradshaw also booked her spot in Thursday's pole vault final with a clearance of 4.50m.

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