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Last Updated: Thursday July 29 2010 07:24 GMT

Mark Lewis-Francis wins silver in European 100m

British athletes Dwain Chambers and Mark Lewis-Francis in the 100m final at the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona, Spain

British runner Mark Lewis-Francis won silver in a very close 100m final at the European Championships, but Dwain Chambers missed out on a medal.

Chambers was joint favourite but ended up fifth. Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre took gold with a time of 10.11 seconds.

Silver and bronze were decided by photo finish after four runners, including Chambers and Lewis-Francis, were given the same time of 10.18 seconds!

Lewis-Francis said: "I was told I wouldn't make the final. I'm so happy."

Team-mate Dwain Chambers added: "Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose but I'm happy for Mark, he has had to fight hard to get here."

The medal win is a great boost for Mark Lewis-Francis, who has suffered injury setbacks in recent years.

His silver is Great Britain's third medal of the European Athletics Championships 2010 in Barcelona, Spain.