European Championships: Laura Muir wins European gold in 1500m to cap off ‘insane’ summer season


Dina Asher-Smith needed to accept silver within the girls’s 200m occasion behind Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji; Lawrence Okoye gained bronze within the discus

Final Up to date: 20/08/22 12:06am


Laura Muir from Nice Britain celebrates her gold medal within the 1500m

Nice Britain’s Laura Muir gained her fourth medal of an “insane” summer season with gold within the 1500 metres within the European Championships as Zharnel Hughes additionally tasted victory in Munich.

Muir, who gained bronze within the World Championships and gold and bronze within the Commonwealth Video games, powered to a commanding win to retain the title she claimed 4 years in the past in Berlin.

Hughes was additionally a powerful winner of the lads’s 200m forward of team-mate Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, however Dina Asher-Smith needed to accept silver within the girls’s occasion behind Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji.

Muir was comfortable to take a seat in the back of the sphere within the early levels earlier than cruising into the lead with two laps to go and the 29-year-old Scot then kicked for residence with simply over 400m remaining.

Eire’s Ciara Mageean dug deep to maintain Muir in her sights however the Olympic silver medallist was too robust and crossed the road in four:01.08, with Mageean 1.48 seconds behind.

Poland’s Sofia Ennaoui took the bronze forward of Britain’s Katie Snowden, with Ellie Baker ending eighth.

Talking concerning the packed schedule of championships this yr, Muir instructed the BBC: “It seemed laborious on paper however truly doing it in particular person – by no means once more!

“It was an incredible alternative and a really distinctive one that we might by no means get three champs in a yr, not to mention 5 weeks in the summertime. It was simply insane however I used to be like ‘You recognize what, I need to give it a go’.

“My purpose was to medal in all three, which I’ve completed however to win the Commonwealths and to win right here, I am so comfortable.

“This was the toughest one. On paper it seemed the best, one occasion, solely two rounds, so bodily it was the best of the three but it surely was so powerful mentally. It was essentially the most troublesome race I believe I’ve ever run.”

Zharnel Hughes, of Great Britain, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Men's 200m

Zharnel Hughes, of Nice Britain, celebrates after profitable the gold medal within the Males’s 200m

Hughes added gold within the 200m to his silver from the 100m after clocking a season’s better of 20.07s, with Charlie Dobson threatening to make it a British one-two-three earlier than being edged out by Italy’s Filippo Tortu.

“I am so comfortable,” Hughes stated. “My coach and I spoke about this earlier within the season and we simply stretched out our programme with a view to keep wholesome.

“Largely the European Championships for us was extra of a psychological sport than bodily as a result of we knew we have been match. We simply had to ensure my psychological power was on par and I believe I did a terrific job on that.”

Asher-Smith, who has endured a troublesome season with accidents, ran faster within the ultimate than in her semi-final however couldn’t catch Kambundji, who took gold in a time of 22.32s.

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“Clearly I got here right here to win so I am not tremendous comfortable, however on the finish Mujinga put collectively a greater race – she’s been bettering for ages so congratulations,” stated Asher-Smith, whose team-mate Jodie Williams completed fourth.

“I actually thought I used to be in a bit higher form than that however on the identical time I got here second so that’s what it’s.”

Okoye claims bronze in discus | Pidcock recovers from crash to win gold

Lawrence Okoye gained bronze within the discus together with his first-round throw of 67.14m, with Sweden’s Simon Pettersson simply two centimetres behind in fourth.

Okoye, who spent a number of years away from athletics as he pursued a profession within the NFL, was in tears after changing into Britain’s first European medallist within the males’s discus.

“It has been a tricky yr for me in a whole lot of methods and to do what I did immediately simply means the world to me,” Okoye stated. “To medal on this discipline after among the issues I have been experiencing, I simply could not maintain it again.

“Everybody is aware of I’ve had an enormous throw in me for a very long time and hopefully that is the beginning of huge issues for me.”

Earlier within the day, Olympic champion Tom Pidcock overcame an early crash to win gold within the mountain bike cross-country.

“It was a reasonably laborious race,” Pidcock stated. “I sort of made it laborious for myself as a result of on this course with that pace, using out entrance on my own makes all of it that a lot more durable.

“I crashed on the primary nook – not less than it was dry. If it wasn’t it might have been an excellent larger crash however fortunately it wasn’t too dangerous and I managed to get again to the entrance.

“There’s nonetheless a few world championships to go (this yr) so I am not completed but.”





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