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Dina Asher-Smith called for more research into the impact of a woman’s menstrual cycle in terms of assessing performance declines in female athletes; the British sprinter qualified for the 200m final in Munich on Thursday

Last update: 08/18/22 23:59

Dina Asher-Smith in action at the European Championships in Munich

Dina Asher-Smith has called for more research into the impact of the menstrual cycle on sports performance after she returned to fitness to book her place in the 200 meters final at the European Championships in Munich.

Asher-Smith endured a difficult season with injuries, stopping midway through the women’s 4x100m relay at the World Championships in Athletics in Eugene with a hamstring problem which also saw her withdraw from the England team for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

And in the 100m final earlier this week, Asher-Smith pulled out around the 60m mark before revealing she had suffered cramps in both calves.

The 26-year-old was back on the track at the Olympiastadion on Thursday night in the 200m semi-final, where she comfortably won her heat with a run of 22.53 seconds.

Then Asher-Smith was asked about her recovery from cramping issues and said BBC Sports: “[It was] girl stuff. It was frustrating, but just one of those things.

“It’s a shame because I’m in really good shape, but sometimes that’s not how it all goes.”

Asher-Smith added: “It’s something that I think more people really need to research from a sports science perspective because it’s absolutely huge.

“We wouldn’t always talk about it either because you see girls who have been so consistent and there’s a random drop.

“Behind the scenes they are really struggling, but outside everyone is like, ‘What is this? It’s hit and miss”. So it could just do with more funding.

“I feel like if this was a men’s issue, we’d have a million different ways to tackle things, but with women, you just need more funding in this area.”

More medals for GB at the European Championships

In Thursday’s action in Munich, Joe Fraser won Britain’s first all-around gold medal at the European Championships.

Fraser had recovered from a ruptured appendix and broken foot ahead of the Commonwealth Games, where he won the individual pommel horse and parallel bars titles as well as the team gold in Birmingham, his home town.

The 23-year-old recovered from an average floor routine to dominate the pommel horse and parallel bars events.

England gold medalist Joe Fraser celebrates his victory in the men's all-around final at the European Gymnastics Championships in Munich

England gold medalist Joe Fraser celebrates his victory in the men’s all-around final at the European Gymnastics Championships in Munich

Fraser then produced a fine high bar routine on his last apparatus with a score of 13.700 to secure gold on a total of 85.565, with Turkish duo Ahmet Onder (85.131) and Adem Asil (84.465) also on the podium.

“It’s amazing. We had a really big journey to get here today, even competing on six apparatus not many people thought I could do it,” Fraser told the British gymnastics website.

“There is no doubt that the all-around medal is the most important. I have always loved the all-around, whenever people ask me I say I am an all-rounder and now I feel like I can say that with true confidence and pride.”

Fraser also qualified for the pommel and parallel bars finals, while her British teammates Giarnni Regini-Moran (floor, vault and parallel bars), Courtney Tulloch (vault and rings), James Hall (high bar) and Jake Jarman (ground) has also been successful in individual competitions.

There was more success for Great Britain in the evening’s action at the Olympiastadion, where the start was delayed by a thunderstorm as Jake Heyward took silver in the men’s 1500m while ‘Eilish McColgan won bronze in the women’s 5000m.

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