It was heartbreak for Great Britain on Sunday night as the women’s relay team were unable to finish the 4x100m event at the European Championships.
Ghosts of nightmare relays past came back to haunt the Brits as Asha Philip failed to pass the baton to teammate Imani‑Lara Lansiquot on the second leg.
Their fate meant they were unable to defend their title and as a result, hosts Germany went on to win gold, edging out Team GB in the overall standings and finishing top of the final medal table.
“I’m shocked by what happened out there,” a disappointed Philip said after the race. “I can’t really get my head around it. We came here to defend our title but things just didn’t go my way in that race.”
The Brits were expected to bring a golden curtain down on the 2022 European Championships, but a dream ending was not to be.
Despite the heartbreak, supporters have backed the quartet and have shown their support for the runners, particularly Philip, on social media.
“Aw Asha Philip, sending you lots of love and warmest wishes,” one fan wrote.
“Asha Philip looks mortified,” another said, alongside an uncertain emoji.
“Poor Asha Philip, really felt for her in the relay but it happened to France as well, mistakes happen,” a third justified.
Asha Philip looks mortified😕— Tony Smith OWE🍃💚🍃 (@tony_smith37) August 21, 2022
Poor asha Philip really felt for her in the relay but it happened to France as well, mistakes happen— Kevin O'Hara (@HaraoharaO) August 21, 2022
Philip’s teammates also got behind her, despite the disappointing end to their European campaign.
For Dina Asher-Smith, expectations were high for her to help deliver a title-winning performance in the 4x100m relay, but instead, she ends her summer without a single gold medal.
The fastest British woman on record failed to retain her 200m European title last week after she was beaten by Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji in the final.
She also faced frustrations during the 100m event, where she was forced to pull out due to a hamstring injury that kept her from competing at the Commonwealth Games just weeks ago.
However, despite the disappointment and Asher-Smith having to settle for silver, the 26-year-old gave a positive post-race interview and her optimism simply must be admired.
“As I was saying to these ladies, we’re so strong,” she said. “I feel like it’s one of those things where behind the scenes this year, we’ve worked so hard, we’ve improved so much and nothing is ever going to change that. If that means our time comes in Budapest and Paris then so be it.”