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Live - European Athletics Championships day two

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By Pranav Soneji

2118: So that's the end of day two - one more medal for Great Britain although from an unlikely source. Congratulations to Mark Lewis-Francis. Mark Ashenden is back in the live text chair on Thursday so join him for more Barcelona fun. Adios.

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Nitebot on 606: "Fantastic by MLF. Finally no longer an also ran!! But even better by Lemaitre. This guy's going to end up with the European record one day and give the likes of Gay and Powell scares."

2110:Dwain Chambers: "Sometimes you win and sometimes you lose but I'm happy for Mark, he has had to fight hard to get here. I had to rely on my experience which kept me relaxed but it wasn't enough to win. I just got to keep on ploughing at it until my opportunity prevails."


Gold medal
2107: One final result to wrap up, the Slovakia's Libor Charfreitag wins gold in the men's hammer with a throw of 80.02m with Italy's Nicola Vizzoni taking silver.

2105: European silver medallist Mark Lewis-Francis: "Wow - underdog is understated. I came here on a lucky star - I was told I wouldn't make the final. I'm so happy now. It is the biggest comeback, the biggest confidence boost. People still had doubt in me, let's hope I have answered some of them. My coach Linford Christie motivated me all the way through these championships."


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Sam Nicoll on 606: "Lemaitre really does seem to rock and roll when he is running. Looking forward to seeing him with a decent running technique! Not sure he is up to the speed of Gay, Powell and bolt just yet tho!"


2100: Sensational scenes as Mark Lewis-Francis earns Britain's second silver medal of the event ahead of bronze medallist Martial Mbandjock. The computer has given the same time for second, third, fourth and fifth with 10.18secs. Unfortunately for Chambers, he finishes in fifth place behind 2006 champion Francis Obikwelu. "This is a new beginning," beams a jubilant Lewis-Francis.

2056: Chambers makes a typically swift start alongside Mark Lewis-Francis with both men leading at the half-way stage. But Lemaitre is not perturbed as he powers through in the final 40m mark to cross the line well ahead of his British rival in a time of 10.11secs. We're still waiting for the final result although there is no doubt about the winner.

Gold medal
2053: CHRISTOPHE LEMAITRE (FRANCE) WINS GOLD IN THE MEN'S 100M FINAL

2051: Chambers, the oldest man in the field, is greeted with a huge roar from a sizeable British contingent in the crowd. The last time a Frenchman won the European title was in 1962 - will Christophe Lemaitre break the 38-year wait?

2049: The BBC vote goes thus: Denise Lewis - Chambers. Colin Jackson - Chambers. Michael Johnson - Lamaitre. Two-one. We're moments away from the start...


2047: The blocks are out as the eight 100m finalists fix their final preparations before their biggest race of this year. Chambers places his right foot ahead of his left to find his preferred starting position as Christophe Lemaitre springs out of his crouch like a startled hare. Two-man race? Or will Francis Obikwelu, Martial Mbandjock or Jaysuma Saidy Ndure spring a surprise? Text 81111 or hit 606.

2043: So impressive by Elvan Abeylegesse, who adds gold to her collection after winning Olympic silver in the 5000m and 10,000m in Beijing. Ominous for those ladies competing in the 5,000m with the Ethiopian-born runner in such confident form - she's after that gold double. Abeylegesse clocks 31 minutes 10.23secs as Russia Inga Abitova, who finished second in the London Marathon this year, pips Portugal's Jessica Augusto to silver.

Gold medal
2038: ELVAN ABEYLEGASSE (TURKEY) WINS GOLD IN THE WOMEN'S 10,000M FINAL

2037: Under 10 minutes until the final of the men's 100m final featuring two Brits and two Frenchmen.

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From Andy, Ascot, text 81111: "If the wind is OK then Chambers to win in under 10 seconds."

2030: Big shock result in the long jump as Ineta Radevica claims a surprise gold. Although the Latvian's leap of 6.92m is the same as Naide Gomes, who takes silver, Radevica wins gold because her second best jump is better than her Portuguese rival's next best effort. Russia's Olga Kucherenko take the bronze medal. Meanwhile Ethiopia-born Elvan Abeylegesse opens up a good 100m gap at the front of the field from Jessica Augusto at the 7200m mark in the 10,000m final.

Gold medal
2023: INETA RADEVICA (LATVIA) WINS GOLD IN THE WOMEN'S LONG JUMP

2019: We're 3200m into the women's 10,000m final with a group of about eight athletes beginning to pull away from the rest of the field, with Turkey's Elvan Abeylegesse leading the contingent with Portugal's Jessica Augusto just behind in second.

2011: The women's 10,000m final is under way although there is no British presence because Jo Pavey is out injured. More drama in the women's long jump final as Latvia's Ineta Radevica regains the lead with a leap of 6.92m.

2002: In the women's long jump, Portugal's Naida Gomes smashes the board of take-off and leaps 6.92m, a season's best, to take the lead from Latvia's Ineta Radevica.

It's good news for GB
1958: Like Baddeley before him, Tom Lancashire takes the front at the bell, taking two Spaniards along with him, to qualify for Friday's final with the minimal of fuss. A really confident run from the Lancastrian (no really, he's from Bolton) which ensures Britain has three representatives in the final. British middle distance running is in rude health.



It's good news for GB
Gold medal boost for GB
1950: Baddeley hits the front as the noise around the Olympic Stadium rises in an attempt to encourage the two Spaniards in the race but neither can oust Baddeley, who controls the race with an impressive assurance, clocking a time of 3:41.46secs while Colin McCourt taking the fourth automatic slot for Friday's final. A guaranteed double British presence come Friday, with the possibility of a third with Tom Lancashire lining up for the second semi-final. Baddeley is clearly the man to beat though.

1943: The distance runners are out as Britain's Andy Baddeley and Colin McCourt line up for the first semi-final of the men's 1500m. Top four from each heat to qualify, along with the four fastest losers. The relentless Catalan heat is abating as the sun fades into the horizon.

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FranMerida on 606: "Comfortable qualification for Perri Shakes. Excellent progress at this stage of her career."

It's good news for GB
It's good news for GB
1934: Great news for Perri Shakes-Drayton, who takes third in her 400m hurdles semi-final to clinch a place in the final as Olympic 400m bronze medallist Natalya Antyukh wins the race in a time of 54.28secs. It's the top three finishers who qualify for the final, along with the two fastest losers in the two-heat semis. Double bonus for Shakes-Drayton, who clocks a personal best with 54.73secs while Eilidh Child takes her place in Friday's final qualifying as a fastest loser.



1929: News just in - Dwain Chambers has been drawn in lane three for the men's 100m final while Christophe Lamaitre is in lane six, separated by Martial Mbandjock and Jaysuma Saidy Ndure in lanes four and five. Olympic legend Michael Johnson reckons that's bad news for Chambers. Meanwhile, Lewis-Francis is drawn in lane two while defending champion Obikwelu is in seven.

It's bad news for GB
1924: Romanian Angela Morosanu looks a class apart from the rest of the field as she cruises into the back straight, glancing either side of her before slowing considerably on the finish line in a season's best of 54.67secs. Defending champion Vania Stambolova takes the second automatic slot while Eilidh Child crosses fourth in 55.27secs, just outside her personal best. She admits the final few hurdles cost her valuable time in her quest for a fastest losers' place.

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From Big Tony, Gateshead, text 81111: "10:10's not bad, but a bit premature to be hanging a medal round his neck..."

1918: It's straight on to the women's 400m hurdles, where Eilidh Child lines up in the first semi-final and the Scot is drawn either side of last season's number one Angela Morosanu (lane five) and the reigning European 400m champion Vania Stambolova (lane three).

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From Sian, Leeds, text 81111: "Surely it's time for the comments on Chambers' drugs indiscretion to be dropped! He has served his time, he's representing our country, let's get behind him! The sooner the BBC quit the Chambers' bashing the better!"

It's bad news for GB
It's good news for GB
1913: Dasaolu starts well in lane eight but sees France's Martial Mbandjock, drawn in lane four, begin to power through in the latter stages of the race with Obikwelu. Mbandjock clocks 10.19secs while defending champion Obikwelu is 0.06secs behind in second. Dasaolu finishes third but his time of 10.31secs is not good enough for a place in the final but Mark Lewis-Francis, like 400m team-mate Martyn Rooney, has qualified for this evening's 100m final at 2045 as a fastest loser.

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Tom Fordyce
Tom Fordyce on Twitter: "100m semis - Lemaitre wins first with 10.6 secs into 1.2ms headwind. Tres impresseef, non?"

Gold medal boost for GB
1907:Chambers makes an excellent start, using his extensive 60m experience to power into the middle phase of the race before easing off in the final 10m to clock an impressive 10.10secs, with Norway's Jaysuma Saidy Ndure in second with 10.16. Encouraging news for Mark Lewis-Francis because Italy's Simone Collio clocks 10.23, 0.02 slower than the Brit. But Lewis-Francis must wait for the outcome of the third and final semi, which will feature team-mate James Dasaolu and defending champion Francis Obikwelu.


It's bad news for GB
1857:Woah! Awesome from Christophe Lemaitre, who powers into the 100m final in a time of 10.06secs, with Italy's Emanuele Di Gregorio in second with 10.17secs. Mark Lewis-Francis is third with 10.21secs, leaving the Olympic 4x100m relay gold medallist with an anxious wait to discover his fate as a fastest loser. Next up is Dwain Chambers, a man second only to Marmite when it comes to dividing opinions.

Twitter
Tom Fordyce
Tom Fordyce on Twitter: "Ooof. Men's 400m final looks like potential ding-dong delight - stacked with talent. Bingham thru classily, Roons sketchily. Borlee Bros VG."

It's bad news for GB
It's good news for GB
1841: Every cloud and all that... Conrad Williams fades in the final 50m after a promising start in the final 400m semi-final as Kevin Borlee, twin brother of earlier semi-final winner Jonathan, crosses first in 45.32secs. Williams clocks 46.60secs and admits he gave too much too early. But there's better news for Martyn Rooney, who qualifies for Friday's final as a fastest loser. However, the 23-year-old, an Olympic finalist in Beijing two years ago, will be drawn either in lane one or eight while Bingham earns a middle-lane berth.

Gold medal
1832: European junior champion Sandra Perkovic is now senior champion after measuring 64.67m to beat Romania's Nicoleta Grasu. The 20-year-old Croatian is one to watch for the future.

1829: SANDRA PERKOVIC (CROATIA) WINS GOLD IN THE WOMEN'S DISCUS

Gold medal blow for GB
1825: Bingham is flying - has he given too much too early? Absolutely no chance. The American-born athlete looks composed and in control in the final 100m, although Irish champion David Gillick pushes through in the final metres to claim the race in 44.79secs with Bingham 0.09secs behind. A breathless Bingham says: "Still wasn't a comfortable race for me - we'll see what happens in the final."

It's bad news for GB
1817: Rooney makes an excellent start, cruising past Poland's Marcin Marciniszyn on the outside before the final 100m, where Belgian Jonathan Borlee and France's Leslie Djhone push ahead of Londoner, who starts slowing with the finishing line in sight. Borlee wins the race in a time of 44.71secs with Djhone in second, but Rooney could qualify as a fastest loser after clocking 45.00secs, but he has an anxious wait. Next up is Michael Bingham, the fastest of the qualifiers for the semis.

1809: Martyn Rooney psyches himself as he takes his place in lane six for the first of the men's 400m semi-finals. The first two qualify automatically for the final, along with the two fastest qualifiers from the three semi heats.



It's bad news for GB
1758: Lee McConnell has no chance of qualifying for the women's 400m final as a fastest loser as Russia's Tatyana Firova wins the second semi-final in a time of 51.11secs. France's Virginie Michanol finishes in fourth in 52.37secs, faster than McConnell's time. "I struggled on the home straight it's difficult to know exactly whwere it went wrong - I just didn't have the legs at the end," says the Scot. Meanwhile, BBC commentator Steve Cram is not impressed with the times of the women's 400m race as Kseniya Ustalova - another Russian - wins the third and final semi with a time of 50.96secs.

1749: The morning session saw Dai Greene, Rhys Williams and Nathan Woodward qualify for the men's 400m hurdles semi-final, along with 800m runner Michael Rimmer. Pole vaulter Kate Dennison shrugged off a mistake during her qualifying round, when she slipped off her pole, to reach the final while Laura Turner qualified seventh fastest in the women's 100m semi-finals.

1740: There goes Lee McConnell in the women's 400m, well in contention in the final 100m as Russia's Antonina Krivoshapka storms over the finishing line in a time of 51.52 secs. However, McConnell is tiring - severely - in the final 50m and she's overtaken and pushed out of the two automatic qualifying spots. The Scot finishes fourth in a time of 53.15 secs, while the Czech Republic's Denisa Rosolova takes the second automatic spot.

1735: What awaits us this evening at the Olympic Stadium? Lee McConnell is in action in the women's 400m heats (1735 BST), while Martyn Rooney, Michael Bingham and Conrad Williams are chasing a place in the men's 400m finals (1810). Eilidh Child and Perri Shakes-Drayton are in contention in the women's 400m hurdles semi-finals (1915) while Andy Baddeley, Tom Lancashire and Colin McCourt are in action in the semi-finals of the men's 1500m (1940) against a strong Spanish contingent. Other finals, all without British entrants, are the women's 10,000m final (2005), the women's discus (1730), women's long jump (1900), featuring former heptathlete Carolina Kluft, and the men's hammer (1925). Thoughts? Medal number three, four or five this evening? And what colours? Bombard me with your premonitions, predictions and predilections via text message using 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) with ATHLETICS before your message or 606.

1729: Take a bow fellas, they deserve all the plaudits. So after Britain's one-two in the 10,000m on Tuesday, the sprinters have the opportunity to double the gold medal tally in the 100m final at 2045. But first Dwain Chambers, James Dasaolu and Mark Lewis-Francis must qualify for this evening's final likely to feature Christophe Lemaitre, the first white man ever to go under 10 seconds, and defending champion Francis Obikwelu of Portugal. Lewis-Francis races in the first semi-final at 1850, Chambers is in the second while Dasaolu goes in the third and final qualifying race.

It's good news for GB
1720:Buenos tardes y bienvenidos a Barcelona por dia dos del European Championships. How good does that medal table look right now? Mo Farah flings air kisses to all corners of a sparsely populated Olympic Stadium as he basks in the glory of standing at the top of the podium for the 10,000m medal ceremony, with silver medallist Chris Thompson to his right.



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