Dina Asher-Smith fails to retain title as Mujinga Kambundji takes 200m European championship crown

After a disappointing 100m, the British sprinter claimed silver in Munich to add to her bronze from the Worlds in Eugene.

By Ash Tulloch & Alessandro Poggi
Picture by 2022 Getty Images

Dina Asher-Smith claimed her third consecutive European athletics medal in the 200m, but after two consecutive golds this time she had to be content with a silver.

After clocking the fastest time in the semi-finals, the British sprinter finished second behind winner Switzerland's Mujinga Kambundji with a time of 22.43.

"I came here to win, and definitely in shape to win," the 26-year-old said after the race.

"So, I'm not super happy, but at the same time, this was an amazing race. In the future, maybe I could do a bit more beyond athletics, you never know what the future holds.

"Right now, I am focussing on running fast, and being the best sprinter in the world - that's that really. After the season is over, my plan is to go on holiday - it's been a long year. Definitely go on holiday, and get ready for next summer."

Kambundji clocked 22.32 after poweing past the fast-starting Brit off the bend and had the strength to hold her off as they battled stride for stride to the line.

"Dina Asher-Smith is a great athlete, but today it was me who won," said the Swiss, who on lost the 100m final by a hair’s width to German hero Gina Lückenkemper on Tuesday.

World bronze medallist Asher-Smith was hoping to avenge her 100m final from earlier in the week when she pulled up with cramp mid-race.

She later revealed the issue was caused by her period as she called for more funding and research to be done.


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