European Championships 2018: Katarina Johnson-Thompson wins silver behind Nafi Thiam

Hudson-Smith wins 400m gold
Athletics European Championships
Venue: Olympic Stadium, Berlin. Dates: 7-12 August
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Matthew Hudson-Smith won Great Britain’s third athletics gold at the 2018 European Championships with victory in the 400m final.

The 23-year-old crossed the line in 44.78 seconds, ahead of Kevin Borlee and the Belgian’s identical twin brother Jonathan, who took bronze.

Fellow Briton Katarina Johnson-Thompson secured heptathlon silver as rival Nafi Thiam won gold with 6,816 points.

Johnson-Thompson finished with a personal best total of 6,759 points.

Team-mate Meghan Beesley, 28, produced her best individual performance in a major outdoor meeting with bronze in the women’s 400m hurdles.

The Briton clinched the medal from lane one, with Switzerland’s Lea Sprunger taking gold ahead of Ukraine’s Anna Ryzhykova.

Jake Wightman won Britain’s third medal of the day when he finished third in the men’s 1500m, as Norwegian 17-year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen won gold and Poland’s Marcin Lewandowski clinched silver.

‘I’m never doing that again’ – Hudson-Smith

Hudson-Smith – the fastest man in the final line-up – burst out of the blocks and had a huge lead after 300m before he tied up in the home straight. Victory was the Wolverhampton-born runner’s biggest outdoor success.

In response to a question about his explosive start, the British champion told BBC Sport: “I’m never doing that again.

“I got to 350m, I’ve never really had lactic before but I was like, ‘what is this?’. I was swimming – that’s why I was on the floor for so long after the race.”

He added: “It’s a good feeling. The time doesn’t matter, that’s for the future. It was about winning and going on in the future.

“Times will come, I went for it and tried something new. That lactic was something different.”

KJT fails to hold on to advantage

European Championships 2018: GB’s Johnson-Thompson wins silver medal in heptathlon

Johnson-Thompson held a 113-point lead over Thiam after the fifth discipline, the long jump – where she leapt to 6.68m, although Thiam produced 6.60m with her final effort to keep the pressure on.

The 23-year-old Olympic and world champion then threw a championship record of 57.91m in the javelin, Johnson-Thompson’s 42.16m was a personal best but her lead was gone to be replaced by a sizeable deficit.

Commonwealth champion Johnson-Thompson went into the 800m trailing Thiam by 192 points, equating to a 13.5 second gap but was only able to eat into 10 seconds of the Belgian’s advantage.

German Carolin Schafer took bronze with 6,602 points.