Gemili and Weightman enhance their reputations

Great Britain's Laura Weightman with bronze medal
Great Britain's Laura Weightman with bronze medal
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Adam Gemili capped another wonderful night for Great Britain at the European Championships, securing the 200 metres crown with the second sub-20 seconds run of his life.

This was a special evening of athletics at the Stadion Letzigrund, where the biggest crowd of the week bore witness to five British medals.

Martyn Rooney got the ball rolling by leading home a UK one-two in the 400m, recovering from the disappointment of missing out on a Commonwealth Games medal to win gold ahead of precociously-talented teenager Matthew Hudson-Smith.

Laura Weightman – the Leeds Metropolitan University graduate who is still based in the city – followed that up by producing a fine run to win bronze in the 1,500m, to add to the silver she won just last month at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The medal rush continuing in the 200m sprints as Jodie Williams won silver and Gemili took gold. Just a fortnight after taking silver over 100m in Glasgow, the 20-year-old footballer-cum-sprinter boosted his burgeoning reputation in Zurich by adding another medal to his collection.

Much was expected of Gemili after qualifying for the final quickest and he did not disappoint, with his 19.98 seconds run the fastest European time of the year and one which saw him become the first ever Briton to twice go under 20 seconds.

An elated Gemili said: “I’m so happy. To become European champion was a big target for me this year and to achieve it is amazing.”

Claire Duck.

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