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Andy Turner leads GB medal haul at European Champs

European Athletics Championships 2010
Venue: Barcelona Dates: 27 July - 1 August
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Andy Turner

Turner wins European hurdles title

Andy Turner led Great Britain's medal haul on the fourth day of the European Athletics Championships by taking gold in the 110m hurdles.

Turner won in a time of 13.28 seconds as favourite Petr Svoboda faltered.

Michael Bingham and Martyn Rooney took silver and bronze in the men's 400m, while Christian Malcolm was pipped to 200m gold by Christophe Lemaitre.

Perri Shakes-Drayton took bronze in the women's 400m hurdles and Jenny Meadows held on for third in the women's 800m.

After winning five medals in the opening three days of the championships, Britain have now taken their tally to 11 with two days left, leaving them third in the medals table behind Russia and France.

UK Athletics head coach Charles van Commenee said beforehand that he would be disappointed with anything less than 10 to 15 medals.


But with Jessica Ennis (heptathlon), Dai Greene and Rhys Williams (400m hurdles) and Michael Rimmer (800m) all strong medal prospects on Saturday, and Lisa Dobriskey (1500m), Chris Tomlinson (long jump) and the relays to come on Sunday, that latter figure could be surpassed.

Turner won Great Britain's third gold following Mo Farah in the 10,000m and Phillips Idowu in the triple jump.

"It's a dream come true," the 29-year-old Nottingham athlete told BBC Sport.

"I came here with the dream of gold. I knew I was capable, but being capable and doing it when you need to are two different things.

"I knew if I had a clean race it was mine for the taking. I felt good in the semi but hit that one hurdle and it threw me back.

"I knew Svoboda was up on me in the final but he hit that hurdle. You've got to have 10 good hurdles and he hit that one, and maybe that's what cost him the gold."

In the men's 200m final, Welshman Malcolm, 31, was leading with five metres remaining but Frenchman Lemaitre produced a storming finish and dipped at the line to win in 20.37 seconds.

Christian Malcolm

Malcolm grabs 200m silver medal

Malcolm was given a time of 20.38 while Lemaitre's compatriot Martial Mbandjock took the bronze medal in 20.42.

Briton Marlon Devonish finished fourth in 20.62.

Malcolm, who lost lottery funding last year, was left with "mixed emotions" after narrowly missing out on gold.

"It means a lot," Malcolm told BBC Sport. "It's been a very tough year but I've come through with a medal.

Andy Turner

Turner delighted with gold medal performance

"I can't believe he caught me on the line. It's hard being so close to winning it but to take a medal - I can't argue with that. I have mixed emotions. Later on I'll be so happy to have a medal."

Malcolm also paid tribute to Lemaitre.

"He has lots of talent, it's great for Europe to have athletes capable of competing with the United States and the Caribbean," added the Welshman.

Bingham and Rooney's hopes of winning medals in the 400m final were dealt an early blow when they were drawn in lanes eight and one, although the pair made light of their disadvantage.

Croydon athlete Rooney led the race with 30m remaining, before Belgian Kevin Borlee produced a late burst to snatch gold in 45.08, while Bingham finished strongly to pip his compatriot for silver.

Christian Malcolm

Malcolm delighted with silver after 'tough' year

"I got the medal although I couldn't see anybody until it was too late," said American-born Bingham, who was give the same time, 45.23, as Rooney.

Rooney added: "I came here to win it but I ran a terrible semi. I thought I was going to win, then the lactic acid hit me."

In the women's 800m, Meadows led for much of the race before she was overtaken by winner Mariya Savinova of Russia and Dutchwoman Yvonne Hak in the final straight.

The Wigan athlete finished in a time of one minute 59.39 seconds, while compatriot Jemma Simpson came home in fifth.

Meadows, who took bronze at the 2009 World Championships and silver in this year's World Indoors, said: "It's probably up there among my best performances.

"I fought so hard just to be on the start line. I'm probably only 95% right, so to come home with a medal is a wonderful achievement. I'm absolutely delighted."

In the women's 400m hurdles final, Shakes-Drayton set a personal best of 54.18, in a thrilling race won by Russia's Natalya Antyukh with Bulgaria's Vania Stambolova taking silver.

Perri Shakes-Drayton

Shakes-Drayton storms to hurdles bronze

"I'm so happy and hopefully there's more to come," said 21-year-old Shakes-Drayton.

Team-mate Andy Baddeley was left disappointed after finishing sixth in the men's 1500m.

The Cambridge University graduate tied up in the home straight, as Spain's Arturo Casado powered past his rivals to take gold in 3:42.74 with Germany's Carsten Schlangen edging out another Spaniard, Manuel Olmedo, for silver.

Britons Colin McCourt and Tom Lancashire finished ninth and 10th.

Meanwhile, Oxfordshire runner Hatti Dean produced a superb finish to come fourth in the women's 3,000m steeplechase.

She posted a personal best time of nine minutes 30.19 seconds, in a race won by Russia's Yuliya Zarudneva, with Spaniard Marta Dominguez taking silver and Russian Lyubov Kharlamova picking up bronze.

"I can't believe it," said 28-year-old Dean. "I didn't think it was real until the last lap. This gives me so much belief. I need the confidence to run as fast as I know I can run."

Men's 400m final

GB duo win 400m silver and bronze

Svetlana Feofanova took gold as expected in the women's pole vault final.

The Russian cleared 4.75m, with Silke Spiegelburg taking silver and Lisa Ryzih in bronze position.

Briton Kate Dennison produced a season's best of 4.55m to finish sixth.

"I'm happy with that - it was solid," said the South African-born pole vaulter.

In the women's hammer, Germany's Betty Heidler threw a season's best 76.38m to win gold. Russia's Tatyana Lysenko took silver and Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland clinched bronze.

Friday's timetable and results in full from European Athletics

Latest medal table

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