Dina Asher-Smith secures second European 100 m title

Dina Asher-Smith of Great Britain won a second European 100m title of her career after triumphing in the final of the event at the championships in Rome.

Usher-Smith added to the Berlin 2018 gold with a time of 10.99s. The silver went to the representative of Poland Eva Svoboda with 11.03, who won a photo finish with the Italian Zaynab Dosso. "I can definitely run faster than that. I'm on the upswing before the Olympics. I'm happy to be in such shape", said Briton Asher-Smith.

Spectators in the stands at the Olimpico were treated to drama in the men's hammer throw final, where reigning Olympic champion and five-time world medalist Wojciech Nowicki cruised to a third European title in his latest attempt. Nowitzki was in third position before his sixth throw, but that didn't bother him and he finished with 80.95m. The 35-year-old Pole thus left Hungary's Bence Halas (80.49m) in second place and Ukraine's Mykhaylo Kokhan (80.18m) with bronze.

Upcoming Olympic hosts France had double cause for joy after Alice Finot and Gabriel Tual won the women's 3000m steeplechase and the men's 800m respectively.

Finot was jubilant with a time of 9:16.22 after initially being disqualified for going off course. After a successful appeal, she congratulated herself with the title – Gesa Krause (Germany) and Elizabeth Bird (Great Britain) came second and third respectively.

Tual triumphed in the men's 800m in 1:44.87. The silver went to Mohamed Attaoui from Spain, and the bronze went to the representative of the hosts, Catalin Tecuceanu.

The Republic of Ireland rejoiced in the women's 1500m after Ciara Mageean's success in 4:04.66. This is the country's second gold in the Italian capital, after the 4x400m medley relay. Britain's Georgia Bell came in second, and the bronze went to France's Agathe Guillemot. | BGNES