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European athletics championships 2022: Day 5 featuring Warholm, Bol, Asher-Smith

It was another memorable night at the Olympiastadion of Munich on Friday (19 August).

Day five of the European athletics championships was highlighted by the historic performance of Femke Bowlwho became the first woman to win a 400m and 400m hurdles double at a major event.

olympic-champion Karsten Warholm matched the Dutch runner in the men’s race and with a time of 47.12 broke the championship record that had stood since 1982.

The Norwegian retained his title from Berlin four years ago as did Olympic medalist Laura Muir of Britain in the 1500m. The Scottish runner followed up on her gold over the same distance just two weeks ago at her home Commonwealth Games.

Great Britain took a 1-2 in the men’s 200m with Zharnel Hughes and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, while two-time defending champion Dinah Asher-Smith was beaten by Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji is the women’s event.

Read below to find out how Friday’s action unfolded.

READ: Karsten Warholm on his ego and losing. “I can also handle defeats, even though I’m not used to it.”

200m Women’s Final: Swiss joy for Kambundji

Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji is the women’s 200m European champion after a stellar race that saw her pip the two-time defending champion Dinah Asher-Smith.

The 30-year-old ran 22.32 and claimed her second medal of the competition after winning silver in the 100m.

“It’s the best thing in my life. Thank you for your support,” she yelled at the crowd after the win.

After clocking the fastest time in the semi-finals Asher-Smith, the world bronze medalist from Eugene finished second in 22.43. the 26-year-old was hoping to avenge her 100m final from earlier in the week when she pulled up with cramp mid-race. denmark’s Ida Karstoft ran 22.72 to take third.

Women’s Triple long jump Final: Bekh-Romanchuk grabs first gold in Munich for Ukraine

Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk celebrated her career first major title as senior in the triple jump event.

The 27-year-old leapt 15.02m, the European lead, to win gold ahead of Finland’s Kristina Makela who set a national record (14.64).

Hanna Minenko of Israel claimed bronze with 14.45m.

Men’s 400m hurdles Final: Karsten Warholm retains European title

Norway’s 400m hurdles king Karsten Warholm defended his crown in stunning fashion and set a new championship record along the way.

The world record holder and Olympic champion ran 47.12 while Frechman Wilfried Happio came second with a time of 48.57. Bronze was a closer contest with Turkey’s Yasmani Copello clocking 48.78.

For Warholm tonight’s performance was a chance to avenge his seventh place from the Worlds in Oregon.

“It’s just wonderful coming back to my winning ways,” he said after the triumph. “I love coming back to Munich and making good memories.”

“I had a very tought season with injuries so to be here and to bounce back means a world,” he added. “I learned that I should have never take anything like this for granted. Now I am going to enjoy it even more because it was so tough. I hope that I can be injury free and to train at the high level again so you could never count me out again.”

Women’s 400m hurdles: Bol does the double

It was a run away victory for Femke Bol in the 400m hurdles.

The Dutch runner came, saw and conquered her mission of completing the golden double by claiming the 400m hurdles and backing up her win in the 400 flat final earlier in the week.

“It was pretty hard,” she said after the win, “But I’m so proud of my team and my coaches. I’m super happy. Thank you to this crowd.”

“Winning this gold medal is a great relief,” the 22-year-old said.

“It was a great race for me. I am very surprised to achieve such a fast time. I was very hard mentally to race the 400m without hurdles. I am so proud to achieve the double. I will never do the double again. Well , maybe. Never say never (laughs)” – Femke Bol

The Tokyo 2020 bronze medalist’s time of 52.67 was a championship record. The podium was completed by Ukrainian duo Viktoriya Tkachuk (54.30) and Anna Ryzhykova (54.86).

Discus Throw Men’s Final: 19-year-old Alekna beats Ceh for gold

Mykolas Alekna added a senior European title to his U20 gold won last year in Tallinn.

The 19-year-old from Lithuania, who’s the son of Olympic champion Virgilijus, topped the discus throw standing with 69.78m, a championship record.

After finishing runner-up in Eugene, Alekna swapped places on the podium with reigning world champion Kristian Ceh of Slovenia, who took silver with a 68.28-throw.

Lawrence Okoy recorded a season best of 67.14 to win Britain’s first European medal in the event.

200m Men’s Final: Great Britain delight

It was a Team GB one-two finish in the men’s 200m sprint.

Zharnel Hughes claimed gold with a season best time of 20.07 while fellow countryman Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (20.17) took home silver and Italy’s Filippo Torto claimed bronze (20.27).

For Hughes, the gold compliments the silver he won earlier in the week in the 100m final.

Zharnel Hughes and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake celebrate a 1-2 for Team GB in men’s 200m event at the European athletics championships.

Picture by 2022 Getty Images

3000m Steeplechase Men’s Final: Finland celebrates second title

Topi Raitanen won the men’s 3000m steeplechase event to claim the second European crown for Finland, following wilma murto‘s gold in the women’s pole vault

The 26-year-old held off Italian duo Ahmed Abdel Wahed and osama zoghlamirespectively silver and bronze, taking the win at 8:21.80.

Women’s 1500m Final: Muir retains European title

olympic silver medalist Laura Muir claimed the first gold medal of the night: the British runner, who recently claimed the Commonwealth Games title following a bronze at the Worlds in Oregon, took control of the race since the start and in the last lap distanced Ciara Magean of Ireland to take a comfortable win in 4:01.08.

Sofia Ennaoui of Poland completed the podium ahead of Muir’s compatriot Katie Snowden.

“I was actually very surprised when I saw 4:01, because of that last lap,” Muir said after the race.

“I am really pleased with running almost sub 4. It is good an bad to have such strong opponents – it’s fantastic to see Ciara [Mageen] doing so well. I knew I had to run really well today to beat her. It was a good battle out there, and I am just pleased I could come away with a win. After this, I want to enjoy my first holiday abroad for years.”

Men’s 800m: Wightman through to the final

At these European championships, 1,500m world champion jake wightman opted to focus on the two-lap race and qualified for Sunday’s final with the second fastest time behind indoor world gold medallist Mariano Garcia of Spain, who crossed the line in 1:46.52.

READ: Jake Wightman on “autopilot” as he aims for 800m glory at European Athletics Championships

European athletics championships – Day 5 finals on Friday 19 August: Schedule

(All times are in Central European Summer Time. UTC+2):

20:20 Discus Throw Men’s Final

20:45 1500m Women’s Final

20:55 Triple Jump Women’s Final

21:00 3000m Steeplechase Men’s Final

21:20 200m Men’s Final

21:45 400m Hurdles Women’s Final

22:00 400m Hurdles Men’s Final

22:22 200m Women’s Final

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