Asher-Smith claims Euro dash double with ‘astonishing’ run

Throughout 11 days of competitors on the inaugural European Championships, British stars similar to swimmer Adam Peaty and bike owner Laura Kenny reaffirmed their champion standing.

Nevertheless, with two years to go till the following Olympics it was the emergence of a number of youthful athletes that offered trigger for optimism.

Right here BBC Sport seems at among the athletes who helped Britain end second within the general medal desk and who may grow to be family names come Tokyo 2020.

Dina Asher-Smith (Athletics)

Dina Asher-Smith beat world champion Dafne Schippers to take the 200m

“She is completely now probably the greatest on the earth,” mentioned four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson.

There’s unlikely to be ‘one other Usain Bolt’ on this technology, however at these championships Dina Asher- Smith confirmed she has the potential to be amongst a gaggle of athletes who can usher in a brand new period for the game.

Her beautiful 100m and 200m successes in Berlin made her solely the fourth lady in historical past to realize the European dash double whereas her time within the 200m – 21.89 seconds – was the quickest on the earth this yr.

Sure, she has gained particular person medals earlier than – notably the European 200m title in 2016 in addition to Commonwealth bronze earlier this yr – and has achieved Olympic and World relay honours.

Nevertheless, her British report instances in each occasions may have shocked the dash scene and British athletics now has the figurehead it has been searching for for the reason that retirement of Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Different GB athletes to impress in Berlin included males’s 100m champion Zharnel Hughes – who often specialises within the 200m – and Matthew Hudson-Smith, who will hope his 400m title is a step in the direction of fulfilling his undoubted potential.

Freya Anderson (Swimming)

Gold and European report for ‘good Brits’ in 4x100m relay

She could also be simply 17, however with a towering body of over 6ft 3in and 4 European relay medals in her possession, Anderson is not ‘one for the long run’.

Though these within the sport have recognized of her expertise for a while, the world junior champion confirmed her capacity to make an affect at senior stage.

Holding off the cost of Russian male swimmer Vladimir Morozov within the 4x100m combined medley relay and three additional spectacular last-leg performances in different relay occasions led to her being dubbed Freya ‘Anchor-son’.

Nevertheless, a fourth place within the 100m freestyle occasion additionally demonstrated her potential for particular person honours within the years forward.

With Adam Peaty dominating and Duncan Scott, Ben Proud, Max Litchfield and James Man persevering with to usher in medals for the GB males there have been questions on why the ladies’s facet has struggled to ship such success.

Olympic silver medallist Siobhan Marie O’Connor is wanting type and double Rio 2016 silver medallist Jazz Carlin has moved into open water occasions, however in Anderson Britain has a brand new feminine swimmer to be genuinely enthusiastic about.

Georgia Davies, Holly Hibbott and Imogen Clark are others to observe within the lead-up to Tokyo 2020 whereas Ben Proud’s time of 21.11 within the 50m freestyle was the quickest ever achieved with out the help of the now banned ‘super-suits’.

Lois Toulson and Eden Cheng (Diving)

Toulson and Cheng have made massive enhancements since forming their partnership

The pair solely teamed up in Could, reside in Leeds (Toulson) and London (Cheng) respectively and had solely competed collectively as soon as earlier than this occasion – however went on to assert a shock gold within the synchronised 10m platform competitors.

Toulson made her Olympic debut at Rio 2016 and though she couldn’t defend her European crown this yr the 18-year-old has made massive enhancements.

She was paired with Robin Birch for the Commonwealth Video games in April – the place they completed fifth – however such has been the progress of 15-year-old world junior champion Cheng that the brand new duo have been thrust collectively.

Cheng is coached by China’s first-ever diving world champion Lin Chen and there’s a rising confidence in British Diving that with two years of additional growth the pair may grow to be GB’s first feminine Olympic diving medallists for the reason that 1960s.

Olympic synchronised 3m springboard champion Jack Laugher continues to look a serious particular person Olympic gold medal contender for Tokyo 2020 having gained two titles in Edinburgh.

Scotland’s Grace Reid – who trains with the soon-to-return Tom Daley in London – demonstrated her new-found perception with victory within the particular person 3m springboard occasion.

Jack Carlin and Ethan Hayter (Monitor biking)

Carlin and Hayter helped Britain end second within the monitor biking medal desk in Glasgow

“He [Jack Carlin] has the possibility of being one of many massive stars in Tokyo,” says Sir Chris Hoy.

Excessive reward certainly from the retired six-time Olympic biking champion, whose modesty most likely prevented him from endorsing ideas that Carlin may very well be the ‘subsequent Chris Hoy’.

He could have left Glasgow 2018 with only one bronze from the Keirin, however on the age of 21 and with a fourth within the dash in addition to a assured show within the workforce dash, greater issues are predicted for the Scot.

He may problem for 3 medals come Tokyo 2020 and so may his team-mate Ethan Hayter, who produced a collection of beautiful performances within the omnium to defeat Italian Olympic champion Elia Viviani and land his first main title.

The 19-year-old, who additionally claimed bronze medals within the madison and workforce pursuit occasions, has drawn comparisons with biking royalty.

His former team-mate Ed Clancy mentioned {the teenager}’s performances – which helped Britain land workforce pursuit gold on the 2018 World Championships – have been “the form of factor we might get out of [Sir] Bradley [Wiggins] at Rio”.

Whether or not Carlin and Hayter are ‘knights-in-waiting’ (‘the brand new Hoy and Wiggins’) is not possible to reply at this stage, however the indicators are actually encouraging.

Kyle Evans and Kye Whyte (BMX)

Nice Britain duo declare BMX gold & silver

Kyle Evans’ gold and Kye Whyte’s silver represented a surprising return for the pair, whose successes have been their first main honours.

Evans, 24, was launched to the game when hiding from the police having been noticed dashing on motorbikes together with his dad in Wigan.

They found a BMX monitor whereas ‘laying low’ and within the 10 years for the reason that taster session that adopted he has gone on to compete on the Rio Olympics and end sixth at this yr’s World Championships.

Whyte is simply 18 and like his brother Tre – who claimed World BMX bronze in 2014 – hails from a troublesome neighbourhood in Peckham, London.

He has endured his fair proportion of accidents with a damaged collarbone and jaw, but in addition suffered a crash that noticed him “knocked out for every week” with a bleed on the mind.

Now totally recovered, he and Evans may have the possibility of succeeding the place former world champion team-mates Shanaze Reade and Liam Phillips failed by securing Britain a primary Olympic BMX medal in Tokyo.

Males’s workforce gymnastics

Dominick Cunningham’s successful flooring routine

Though Max Whitlock contributed closely within the British males’s silver medal-winning workforce ultimate efficiency, for as soon as he was not the one dominating the headlines.

The double Olympic champion endured a troublesome championships as he didn’t win a person medal, however in his place Dom Cunningham (flooring gold) and Courtney Tulloch (rings bronze) confirmed Britain produce other contenders too.

Cunningham is 23 and having fun with one of the best yr of his profession after a vault bronze on the Commonwealth Video games, whereas in Tulloch – who has two ‘strikes’ named after himself – GB possesses a real Olympic gold-medal contender on the rings.

James Corridor and 19-year-old Joe Fraser each reached particular person finals as effectively and contributed considerably because the workforce completed behind Russia.

The British line-up will be additional strengthened by the return of Olympic bronze medallist Nile Wilson in addition to three-time Olympic medallist Louis Smith, that means they may problem for a first-ever Olympic workforce gold in Tokyo.

On the ladies’s facet Amelie Morgan claimed a British report 5 medals within the junior European championships – which ran alongside the senior occasion.

Many really feel she and fellow 15-year-old Taeja James, who achieved the best rating within the competitors on the ground throughout the senior workforce ultimate, may assist the GB ladies problem for a workforce honour in Tokyo as effectively.

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