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Asher-Smith wins third European gold as Muir takes 1500m title – highlights & report

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2018 European Championships
Venues: Glasgow and Berlin Dates: 2-12 August
Coverage: Live across BBC TV, BBC Radio 5 live and sports extra plus the BBC Sport website with further coverage on BBC iPlayer, Red Button, Connected TVs and mobile app

Dina Asher-Smith won her third gold medal of the European Championships as she led Great Britain to victory in the women’s 4x100m relay final.

The 100m and 200m champion ran a superb final leg to pass Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands in the final 30 metres for a fitting end to her campaign.

Laura Muir won the women’s 1500m final as team-mate Laura Weightman took bronze in Berlin.

And Eilish McColgan clinched silver in a dramatic women’s 5,000m final.

With 700 metres remaining, eventual winner Sifan Hassan led with Lonah Salpeter close behind. The Israeli athlete then made a burst for the line assuming it was the end of the race – she celebrated silver before realising her mistake once the final-lap bell sounded. By this point Salpeter had already lost her position to McColgan and then saw Turkey’s Yasemin Can pass her to take bronze.

Hassan won in a championships record of 14 minutes 46.12 seconds, McColgan clocked 14:53.05 and Can finished in 14:57.63. Britons Melissa Courtney (15:04.75) and Steph Twell (15:41.10), were sixth and 11th, respectively.

Kent-born Rosie Clarke was 10th in the 3,000m steeplechase final.

Muir rewarded for brave break

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Muir came into the final as the pre-race favourite despite having not won a gold medal in any of the major outdoor competitions.

Sunday’s race began at a slow pace before Muir decided to move to the front and increase the pace. Team-mate Weightman, who won bronze in 2014, followed her as she stretched the field.

Poland’s Sofia Ennaoui overtook Weightman in the home straight and began to close the gap on Muir, but the Scot held on to finish in four minutes 02.32 seconds.

“I just knew the girls had a good finish so the longer I left it the riskier it would be so I just ran as hard as I could for the finish line,” Muir told BBC Sport. “It was great Laura could get in behind me too.”

“It was probably the most pressure I’ve been under in terms of the level of expectation to win, it was something new for me and I think I’ve handled it really well.

“I’m just thankful for the support I’ve had from back home and here as well.”

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