5 stars of the European Championships

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The European Championships saw some of Great Britain’s stars come of age in Berlin.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the outstanding performances from the British favourites – and one Norwegian.

Dina Asher-Smith

European Athletics Championships 2018 – Day Five
Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith celebrates her 200m title. (Martin Rickett/PA)

No British athlete has claimed the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at a major championships before.

Her 10.85 seconds in the 100m and 21.89 seconds in the 200m – where she defended her title – were both world leading times this year.

Reigning 200m world champion Dafne Schippers was left trailing in the 100m and 200m but warned next year – and the World Championships in Doha – will be different.

Zharnel Hughes

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Great Britain’s Zharnel Hughes claimed the 100m title in Berlin last week. (Martin Rickett/PA)

His 9.95 seconds was a championship record and it is surely only a matter of time before Linford Christie’s 25-year-old British record of 9.87 seconds goes.

Hughes trains under Usain Bolt’s former coach Glen Mills and the eight-time Olympic champion calls him ‘captain’ because he is learning to fly.

Hughes flew down the track in Berlin and will be expected to improve in the lead-up to Tokyo 2020.

Laura Muir

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Great Britain’s Laura Muir (left) and Laura Weightman celebrate winning gold and bronze in the 1500m. (Martin Rickett/PA)

She still had to execute her race right and did it perfectly to become the first British woman to win the 1500m outdoor title.

Muir now holds the indoor and outdoor 1500m crowns having also claimed silver and bronze at the World Indoors in March.

Her time of four minutes 02.32 seconds comfortably saw her take the victory.

Katarina Johnson-Thompson

European Athletics Championships 2018 – Day Five
Great Britain’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson wipes away a tear at her heptathlon medal ceremony. (Martin Rickett/PA)

She finished just 57 points behind the new European champion – having trailed by 226 while coming fifth at last year’s World Championships.

Personal bests in the shot and javelin – her weakest events – underlined her improvement.

The silver also tops her pentathlon gold at the World Indoors and Commonwealth heptathlon gold earlier this year given the strength of the field.

Jakob Ingebrigtsen

It is hard to ignore Norway’s Ingebrigtsen after the 17-year-old made history in Berlin.

He claimed 5000m gold less than 24 hours after winning the 1500m title to become the youngest athlete ever to become a champion.

The extraordinary Norwegian led from the front in the 5000m before powering away from his older brother Henrik to win in a European Under-20 record of 13:17.06 on Friday.

“It’s a little crazy to get this medal,” he admitted, having become the first man to ever win both titles in the same event. “I’m 17 years old, and already have two European titles at senior level. It is huge.”

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