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Dina Asher-Smith became the first athlete in British history to win three medals at a World Championship as Great Britain took silver in the 4x100m relay.

Asher-Smith, who earlier this week won 200m gold having taken silver in the 100m, ran the second leg for Britain, who finished strongly to comfortably hold off United States for second place, as Jamaica took gold.

There was nevertheless an element of frustration for Asha Philip, Asher-Smith, Ashleigh Nelson and Daryll Neita, with a sloppy first change handing the initiative to Jamaica who had established a big lead before the final leg.

Their decision to give that leg to Sherika Jackson, with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce running against Asher-Smith, proved to be a wise one and from an early stage it was clear they would prove hard to catch.

Jamaica won by 0.41s from Great Britain, with the US a further 0.25s back as they took bronze.

Asher-Smith said: “I think we all handled the pressure between us, which is testimony to how much experience we have got as a squad.

“We almost ran a personal best without practising any of the changes in the warm-up area. It’s been a good champs, but obviously it’s a team event.”

Great Britain also took silver in the men’s final as 200m champion Noah Lyles anchored the United States to gold in a national record.

Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake finished strongly to snatch second place from Japan, but this was all about a dominant US team who could afford a series of safe exchanges of the baton, such was their speed dominance.

Adam Gemili, Richard Kilty, Zharnel Hughes and Mitchell-Blake ran 37.36 seconds – a British and European record – despite Hughes suffering a hamstring injury during his handover.

“When I was running, when I handed the baton, I pulled my hamstring,” Hughes, who had strapping around his leg, told the BBC.

“I had to give it to Richard whatever because tonight was about getting a medal. We are going home with something around our necks.”

Kilty added: “It took an American record and the second fastest time ever to beat us.

“What a warrior Zharnel is. He ran through the zone with a poor hamstring. I heard something happen and I had to slow down my run.

“We came out here like brothers. We are buzzing. We ran an European record. We can get gold in Tokyo (at the 2020 Olympics).”

“It puts the spark in us next year to push on,” Gemili said.

Source: Ben Coley

www.sports24ghana.com

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