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Zharnel Hughes and Dina Asher-Smith claim 100m wins at European Championships

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Britain's Zharnel Hughes and Dina Asher-Smith were crowned as Europe's fastest sprinters on Tuesday, winning high-quality editions of the blue riband 100 metres finals at the European Championships.

On a hot, still evening in the Olympic Stadium where Usain Bolt set the world record of 9.58 seconds, Hughes, an occasional training partner of the great Jamaican back in Kingston, set a Championship record of 9.95 to pip team mate Reece Prescod by one-hundredth of a second.

The race to find the continent's fastest woman saw Asher-Smith end the 100m reign of Dutchwoman Daphne Schippers in brilliant style, clocking 10.85, equalling the world's fastest time this year and setting a British record.

The 22-year-old Asher-Smith, the reigning European 200m champion, surged clear earlier in the race, with Germany's Gina Lueckenkemper taking silver in 10.98 and Schippers bronze in a season's best 10.99.

It is the first time Britain have been able to boast both the men's and women's champion at the same edition in the 84-year history of the Championships.

On the first night of finals, 30-year-old Frenchman Morhad Amdouni won a tactical 10,000m, sprinting away from Bashir Abdi after the Belgian tried to kick for home off the back straight and winning in a modest 28 minutes 11.22.

Ukrainian Maryan Zakalnytskyy and Portugal's Ines Henriques were the first two champions crowned when they delivered exceptional 50-km race walk triumphs around the streets of Berlin on a hot morning.

In draining conditions, the 23-year-old Zakalnytskyy was a surprise winner of the men's race, beating Slovakia's Olympic champion Matej Toth by 55 seconds in three hours, 46 minutes and 32 seconds.

Henriques, the remarkable 38-year-old who won the world title in London last year, then took the women's crown in 4:09:21, three minutes and 23 seconds clear of Ukraine's silver medallist Alina Tsviliy.