Great Britain claim five medals in two hours but Dina Usher-Smith can only manage European silver

After winning gold at the European 1500m and watching the British medals pour in, Laura Muir made an early evening prediction: “That could change from Super Saturday [at London 2012]she said jokingly. Not exactly.

Although Great Britain added five medals to their European Championships, including gold for Muir and Zharnel Hughes, there was a hint of disappointment at the end of an otherwise great Friday at the Olympias in Munich

when Dina Usher-Smith unexpectedly failed to retain her 200m title.

It has been a time of great trials and tribulations in recent weeks for Asher-Smith, who has now relinquished her European 100m and 200m crowns. She missed the Commonwealth Games with a hamstring injury sustained at the World Championships and then pulled out midway through the 100m final on Tuesday, later revealing that the cramps she suffered in both calves were due to her cycle and called for more funding to help female athletes cope with the physical effects of their menstrual cycle.

She showed little ill effects in the first half of Friday night’s 200m final, flying out of the blocks and leading out of the turn, only to find herself overtaken by Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambunji, who triumphed in 22.32 seconds. Asher-Smith clocked 22.43s for silver and immediately left the track without celebration.

“Obviously I came here to win, so I’m not too happy,” she said. “Mujinga put together a better race. She’s been improving for years, so congratulations.

“I really thought I was in a bit better shape but at the same time I came second so it is what it is. I’m happy to be here but not so happy with the silver.”

Asked if her period was still bothering her, she said: “No, I felt fine. Mujinga was running very fast and that was it.”

Having clearly surpassed the European standard long ago, Muir’s victory in the 1500m was no surprise. The manner of her triumph was vintage Muir, settling in last for the first 600m before surging all the way to the front, again waiting patiently and finally bursting away from the pack in a sudden burst of electricity just before the bell.

Ireland’s Ciara Mageean tried but failed to stick with it. Muir triumphed 4-1.08 to add European gold to the world 1500 and Commonwealth 1500m gold and 800m bronze she had already won in the past month.

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