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Team silver for women at European Cross Country

Charlotte Purdue wins Gold

Purdue powers to cross-country gold

Great Britain came second in the senior women's team event in the European Cross Country Championships, with host nation Portugal taking the title.

The men could only manage fifth in their team event as France won gold.

But GB took the team title in both the men's and women's junior races and the women's under-23 event in Albufeira.

Charlotte Purdue won individual gold in the junior women's race, Emelia Gorecka taking bronze, while Emma Pallant finished third.

Purdue powered clear of the field at the bell to win by a dominant 17 seconds over the junior girls' 4km course.

With Gorecka finishing third, Great Britain won the team event by a considerable margin from Germany.

Ryan Saunders was the first British athlete home in the junior men's race in 10th position as they retained the title, with Jonny Hay 14th and John McDonnell two places further behind.

The senior women's individual title was won by Portugal's Jessica Augusto, who finished five seconds clear of Turkey's Binnaz Uslu.

Steeplechaser Hatti Dean was the first Briton home in seventh, with Louise Damen next across the line for the team silver medallists in 17th.

Ukraine veteran Serhiy Lebid won the senior men's race, with Spain's Ayad Lamdassam second and Portugal's Youssef El Kalai third.

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