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Asher-Smith dominates 200m to deliver superb sprint double

The 22-year-old looked untouchable as she powered clear of Dafne Schippers.

Asher-Smith celebrates as she crosses the line in Berlin.
Asher-Smith celebrates as she crosses the line in Berlin.
Image: Martin Rickett

DINA ASHER-SMITH completed a scintillating sprint double at the European Championships in Berlin, beating Dafne Schippers to gold in the women’s 200m.

Having forced her Dutch rival to settle for bronze in the 100m final on Tuesday, 22-year-old Asher-Smith had too much power once again, opening up a sizable lead by the bend so that even Schippers’ long stride could not regain enough ground on the home stretch.

Asher-Smith’s time of 21.89 makes her the fastest woman over the distance in the world this year and also marks a new British record.

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Consolation for the Netherlands came in the form of the two remaining podium places with Jamile Samuel posting a personal best 22.37 to claim bronze, while Schippers’ silver medal-winning time time was a season’s best 22.14.

Alex WrightAlex Wright on his way to 10th in the 20km.Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Ireland’s interest in Berlin came in the 20km walk where Leevale’s Alex Wright pushed his way to 10th place with a season’s best time of 1:22.18. Westport’s Cian McManamon produced a commendable Championship debut, getting home 21st with a time of 1:25.43

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