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European Athletics 2010: GB pair through to 400m final

European Athletics Championships 2010
Venue: Barcelona Dates: 27 July - 1 August
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Martyn Rooney

Bingham and Rooney advance to 400m final (UK users only)

Britain's 400m pair Martyn Rooney and Michael Bingham both qualified for Friday's European Championships final, but Conrad Williams missed out.

Rooney edged through as a fastest loser while Bingham came second in his semi, but Williams was sixth in his semi.

Britain's 400m hurdles favourite Dai Greene eased into the semi-finals where he will be joined by compatriots Rhys Williams and rookie Nathan Woodward.

Michael Rimmer was equally comfortable in reaching the 800m semi-finals.

And British record holder Kate Dennison reached the pole vault final with clearances of 4.15m, 4.25m and 4.35m.

Dai Green

Greene eases to victory in 400m hurdles heats

"Job done," she said. "It was bit of a hairy warm-up, slipping off the pole with the heat, but it's great to get through with only three jumps. I think in Berlin [at the World Championships] I had to do eight or nine to reach the final."

Rimmer qualified for the 800m semis with plenty to spare, moving clear in the home straight before winning in one minute, 49.99 seconds.

He will be joined in the next round by the likes of Spain's Luis Alberto Marco, Czech Jakub Holusa and Pole Marcin Lewandowski - the fastest man in Europe this year.

But Rimmer, second in the European rankings, remains in confident mood.

"My preparation has been really good and I ran a personal best in the last race before I came here," he commented.

"We've lost two of the big guys [Russian former Olympic Champion Yuriy Borzakovskiy and Holland's Bram Som, neither of whom were running] but it's still going to be tough. I have nothing to lose and I'll be giving it absolutely everything."


Elsewhere in the morning session, Britain's Laura Turner - the second fastest European this season - qualified for the semi-finals of the 100m, but could only manage 11.45 seconds, the seventh quickest time of the heats.

Britain's Jo Jackson, disqualified at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, finished 10th in the 20km walk in 1:33.33 and said: "I was pleased to get the top-10 target, that's what I set out to do."

That race was won by Russia's Olga Kaniskina with compatriots Anisya Kirdyapkina taking silver and Vera Sokolova bronze.

Hatti Dean, meanwhile, qualified with ease for the final of the 3000m steeplechase, but Barbara Parker crashed out.

Parker, ranked seventh in Europe this year, was never in contention and could only finish 10th in 10:20.99, some 45 seconds down on her season's best.

Dean had no such trouble, doing much of the work before crossing the line third in 9:46.43, only 0.05 seconds behind winner Wioletta Frankiewicz of Poland.

Great Britain 3000 steeplechaser Hatti Dean

Contrasting fortunes for Dean and Parker

"It's awful, my absolute minimum goal was to make the final, it's such a disappointment," said Parker. "I haven't run a slower time all season.

"I just don't know what happened. I felt really awful from lap one."

By contrast, Dean was in buoyant mood: "I was surprised how comfortable I felt, really strong, a lot better than expected.

"My aim was the top six, and now I know that's more realistic perhaps I can do even better."

In the evening session, Britain's Lee McConnell missed out on a place in the 400m final after coming fourth in her semi-final. Her time of 53.15 was not quick enough to see her through as a fastest qualifier.

McConnell told BBC Sport: "I felt OK, and I've trained well, but I struggled on the home straight. It was really windy and I struggled to run in it. I just didn't have the legs at the end."

Russia's Kseniya Ustalova qualified quickest for that final with a time of 50.96.

Britain's male 400m runners had contrasting fortunes in Barcelona with Rooney's time of 45 seconds proving just enough to see him through.

Nonetheless, Rooney was disappointed with how he ran.

"I got out well but I relaxed a bit too much at 200m and because of that I kicked too early and didn't have the legs at the end," he told BBC Sport.

Bingham produced a better run, recording a time of 44.88 as he came second in his semi, but Conrad Williams missed out.

Running from lane eight, the British athlete was always up against it and finished sixth in his semi in a time of 46.60.

Perri Shakes-Drayton

Shakes-Drayton into 400m hurdles final (UK only)

Eilidh Child and Perri Shakes-Drayton are both through to the women's 400m hurdles final on Friday.

Child came fourth in her semi with a time of 55.27 and qualified as a fastest loser while Shakes-Drayton finished third to progress automatically.

Shakes-Drayton's time of 54.73 was a personal best and she was delighted with the way she ran.

"I'm much happier with that, I ran well and I'm going to be resting over the next two days. I'm in the final now and anything can happen," she told BBC Sport.

In the men's 1500m the British trio of Andy Baddeley, Tom Lancashire and Colin McCourt all made it through to Friday's final.

Baddeley was impressive in winning his semi-final and now looks a genuine contender for the gold medal.

McCourt came fourth in the same race while in the second semi-final Lancashire produced a controlled performance, leading until the final stages before cruising over the line in third.

"In terms of execution, which is how I like to judge myself, that was perfect," said Baddeley.

"I'm quite happy, I was confident of making the final, but nerves sometimes get in the way. But I ran well and I'm through," added McCourt.

Lancashire told BBC Sport: "The main goal was to qualify and I really wanted to make sure today and it turned out to be quite comfortable.

"I know I'm in good shape and I just wanted to stay out of trouble. It's very pleasing."

Andy Baddeley(l) and Colin McCourt(r)

GB men impress in 1500m heats (UK users only)

Wednesday's timetable and results in full from European Athletics

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