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New era. New crop. New generation. Those were the phrases coming out of the mouths of the pundits this weekend as Great Britains athletes showed their talent at the European Championships in Berlin.
Led by sprinter Dina Asher-Smith, Britain finished the 10-day multi-sport event with a tally of 74 medals to finish second overall, behind Russia. But it was first place in the athletics, with 18 medals, including seven golds.
With Jessica Ennis-Hill, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah either retired, nearly retired or focusing efforts elsewhere, UK Athletics has been crying out for new stars for some time. The events of the last week suggest that after a wait of six years their successors may be emerging.
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The star of the show was undoubtedly Asher-Smith. The 22-year-old ran two British record times of 10.85 seconds and 21.89 to win gold medals in the 100m and 200m respectively, outclassing the field in dominant style, before completing a treble of golds in the 4x100m with Asha Philip, Imani-Lara Lansiquot, then Bianca Williams tonight.
She is the first woman to complete the 100-200-4x100m European treble since German Katrin Krabbe in 1990.
“Its joy and also a shock,” said Asher-Smith after winning her second gold on Saturday. “Things in my life dont normally go to plan. I crossed the line and thought: Ive won. I looked at the time and couldnt believe it. This is completely new territory for me.”
Her feelings were certainly mutual, with plenty of others producing promising performances. The sprint events were the stand-outs, with Zharnel Hughes taking the 100m in 9.95 seconds, ahead of team mate Reece Prescod.
Laura Muir added to the excitement today by powering away from the field to win gold and her first major outdoor title in the 1500m.