Britain wins men’s sprint relay before mistakes prove costly in women’s race


Great Britain’s men won gold in the 4x100m relay final, but a women’s defeat allowed Germany to top the medal table at the European Championships in Munich.

The men benefited from a blunder by Germany and won in a championship-record time of 37.67 seconds ahead of France to clinch the title for the fourth straight year.

Jeremiah Azu got off the blocks quickly on the first stage and crisp changes allowed Zharnel Hughes and Jona Efoloko to continue the momentum before Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake finished strongly.

The win put Britain within reach of first place on the medal table, but in the final race of the championships, the women’s 4x100m relay, Asha Philip got off to a fast start before failing to find Imani-Lara Lansiquot with the baton.

Philip told the BBC: “I think this team is really consistent so I’m shocked at what’s happened out there.

“I really can’t believe it. We were so excited because the guys just won a championship record and we came here to defend our title, but this race just wasn’t going for me.”

Lansiquot added: “The first thing and all the conversations we had was we’re a team and no matter what, we win as a team, we lose as a team.

“Just as we must experience the highs, we must experience the lows.”

We are a team and no matter what, we win as a team, we lose as a team

Imani-Lara Lansiquot

Previously, Great Britain’s 1500m world champion Jake Wightman had to settle for silver in the men’s 800m.

The 28-year-old Wightman set the best season of the two-lap race with a time of one minute and 44.91 seconds, crossing the line just 0.06 seconds behind Spaniard Mariano Garcia.

It completed a string of important medals for Wightman this summer after he won bronze in the 1500m in the Commonwealth.

“I came here to boost my 1500m world title just because I feel like it would have been a great way to end the season,” said Wightman, who became the first Brit to win the 1500m world title in July Men’s won since Steve Cram in 1983.

“I felt in shape and came very close, but I’ve got gold, silver and bronze in the season so at least I’ve got a full set.”

Ireland’s Mark English took bronze and Britain’s Ben Pattison was sixth.

Joe Fraser and Jake Jarman both won individual apparatus titles, helping Britain topping the medal list in gymnastics.

Britain’s Joe Fraser (middle) celebrates his gold medal alongside Illia Kovtun from Ukraine (left) and Briton Giarnni Regini-Moran (Angelika Warmuth via DPA/PA).

(PA wire)

After Saturday’s stunning performance in the men’s team final, the pair helped Great Britain to five more medals on the final day.

Fraser, 23, won his third gold on parallel bars, while Jarman, 20, became the first British gymnast to win a European Vault title.

With Jarman also taking bronze on floor, Courtney Tulloch on rings and bronze on parallel bars from Giarnni Regini-Moran, this was the most successful European Championships ever for Britain, with 11 medals for both men and women.

Fraser overcame a broken foot and appendicitis to compete in the Championships and Commonwealth Games in his hometown of Birmingham, where he won three titles.

“I’m glad I’m going on holiday, that’s for sure,” Fraser told the BBC. “I’m really proud of myself and the team who have really kept me going over the past few months.

“The Commonwealth Games and these Europeans, I walk away from both with three gold medals.” Britain wins men’s sprint relay before mistakes prove costly in women’s race

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