At the European Athletics Championships in Rome, Dina Asher-Smith claimed the Women’s 100m gold, crossing the finish line ahead of Poland’s Ewa Swoboda and Italy’s Zaynab Dosso.

The victory marked her first major international medal since winning European 200m silver in 2022. Asher-Smith, with Desiree Henry, Amy Hunt and Daryll Neita, also produced a dominant performance to win gold in the 4x100m relay.

"That felt amazing,” a beaming Dina said. “We are definitely trying new things before the Olympic Games.

“We are looking to absolutely do amazing in Paris." Neita added: "To finish the championships with a gold medal with these amazing ladies, it’s just an incredible feeling, really electric and I really have a good feeling going into Paris."

Other headlines saw Olympic sprint champion, and home favourite, Lamont Marcell Jacobs say that he is aiming to improve his time and technique ahead of the Paris Games after electrifying the home crowd by retaining the Men's 100m title on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Italian, who claimed two gold medals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics (100m and 4x100m relay), showcased his signature strength in the final third of the race to clock a season-best 10.02 and clinch gold.

"I made a big bet on myself because I came to Rome not in the best shape,” he said.

“But it was one of my goals of the season to win. I am the European Champion again.

“It is really incredible to hear the people here scream my name every second.” Italy also won gold in the 4x100m relay.  

Other headlines saw Keely Hodgkinson hold off a late charge from Slovakia's Gabriela Gajanova to defend her 800m crown, Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen win 1500m gold, in a European Athletics Championships record time of 3:31.95, Femke Bol lead the Netherlands to gold - with Ireland clinching silver - in the Women's 4x400m final and Sweden's Armand Duplantis just missing out on a 6.25m world record clearance after winning a third successive pole vault gold.