Sweden's Armand Duplantis makes an attempt in the men's pole vault final at the European Athletics Championships in the Olympic stadium in Berlin, Germany, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Duplantis Sets U20 Record At Euros; 3Rd Gold For Asher-Smith

August 12, 2018 - 1:54 pm

BERLIN (AP) — The 18-year-old Armand Duplantis won a thrilling pole vault competition and British sprinter Dina Asher-Smith powered to her third gold medal at the European Athletics Championships on Sunday.

Sweden's Duplantis was the star on the final day, soaring to an under-20 world record of 6.05 meters. World record holder Renaud Lavillenie of France finished with bronze after reaching 5.95 meters, behind Russian Timur Morgunov with a personal best 6 meters.

Duplantis' rivals, led by the 31-year-old Lavillenie, were already congratulating the young Swede after he had cleared 6 meters.

Asher-Smith, who had already won the women's 100 and defended her 200 title, led Britain to gold in the 4x100 relay. She overtook her Dutch and German rivals on the final straight as Britain won in a world-leading 41.88 seconds.

Britain also claimed gold in the men's 4x100, ahead of Turkey in second and the Netherlands. Germany's hopes took a tumble in the heats when Lukas Jakubczyk brought teammate Julian Reus down on their change. Jakubczyk left the stadium with bandages around his head, arms and shoulders, while Reus injured his shoulder.

Gesa-Felicitas Krause delighted home fans at Berlin's Olympic Stadium by defending her 3,000 steeplechase title and claiming Germany's sixth gold. Fabienne Schlumpf of Switzerland was second, ahead of Norway's Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal.

Dutch runner Sifan Hassan won the women's 5,000 in a championship record time of 14:46.12, and Poland's world record holder Anita Wlodarczyk won her fourth consecutive gold in the hammer throw with a championship record 78.94 meters.

Nelson Evora of Portugal won the men's triple jump, leaving Alexis Copello to settle for silver on his 33rd birthday. It was Azerbaijan's only medal of the championships.

Earlier, Volha Mazuronak of Belarus won the women's marathon in 2:26:22, while Koen Naert of Belgium ran a championship record 2:09:51 for gold in the men's.

AP Editorial Categories: