Sweden's DUPLANTIS soars to stardom on final night of athletics
BERLIN - Eighteen-year-old Swedish student Armand DUPLANTIS brought the 2018 European Athletics Championships to a spectacular conclusion at the Berlin Olympic Stadium on Sunday when he raised his personal best by an incredible 12 centimetres to set a world junior record of 6.05 metres.
In doing so he beat the world record-holder and three-time champion Renaud LAVILLENIE of France and became only the sixth man in history to jump so high.
If DUPLANTIS was the individual star of the night, Great Britain were the collective winners as final-night victories in the women's 1500m, and the men's and women’s 4x100m relays raised them to the top of the medal table above Poland.
Dina ASHER-SMITH carried the baton home for Britain's women in 41.88 seconds, the fastest run this season, completing her treble of sprint titles after winning the 100m and 200m. Silver went to the Netherlands in 42.15, with Germany taking bronze in 42.23.
Britain's men's team won their sprint relay in 37.80 seconds, with silver going to Turkey in a national record 37.98, and Netherlands taking bronze in 38.03, also a national record.
In the 1500m, Laura MUIR added the European outdoor title to the indoor version she won in Belgrade last year with an assured display. Compatriot Laura WEIGHTMAN was rewarded for gutsy running with bronze, passed in the final straight by Poland's Sofia ENNAOUI.
Dutch star Sifan HASSAN won the women's 5000m title in a championship record 14 minutes 46.12 seconds in a race that will be remembered for the calamitous misjudgement of Lonah Chemtai SALPETER.
Israel's 10,000m champion began celebrating silver after sprinting through the line with the Dutch athlete before hearing the bell and realising she had another 400 metres to go.
Poland's world and Olympic women's hammer champion Anita WLODARCZYK also set a championship record as she earned a fourth consecutive European title with a throw of 78.94 metres. Alexandra TAVERNIER of France took silver in a national record of 74.78m.
Gesa-Felicitas KRAUSE delivered a fervently desired home gold in the women's 3000m steeplechase, timing her run perfectly to pass Switzerland's Fabienne SCHLUMPF on the final bend and power home in 9 minutes 19.80 seconds.
SCHLUMPF took silver in 9:22.29 ahead of bronze medallist Karoline GROVDAL of Norway, who ran 9:24.46.
Ten years after taking the triple jump title at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, Portugal's 34-year-old Nelson EVORA won another major gold with 17.10 metres. Silver went to Alexis COPELLO of Azerbaijan and bronze to Dimitrios TSIAMIS (GRE).
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