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  Friday, 9 August, 2002, 19:02 GMT 20:02 UK
Kenteris storms to 200m gold
Marlon Devonish has Konstantinos Kenteris in his sights in the semi-final
Kenteris (left) left Devonish in his wake for a second time

Greece's Konstantinos Kenteris stormed to victory in the European Championships 200m to confirm his current pre-emininence at the longer sprint.

The Olympic and world champion burst out of the blocks and maintained his form round the bend to clock 19.85secs - equal tenth on the all-time list.

Kenteris became the second-fastest European ever and set a new championship record as he took gold ahead of the other favourite, Portugal's Nigerian-born Francis Obikwelu.

Obikwelu won the silver in 20.21secs, while Britain's Marlon Devonish came through late after a sluggish start to take the bronze in 20.24secs.


I am still not 100% but I have still made two major finals
Christian Malcolm

It was Devonish's second major medal in quick succession after winning silver at the Commonwealth Games, but the Briton had hoped for better.

"I was running well within myself in the heats and semi-finals and I wanted to make him (Kenteris) work harder than that," said Devonish.

"But I didn't get out as well as I should have and you can't do that at this level.

"I got a bronze medal so I am reasonably pleased, but I gave him too much at the start."

Welshman Christian Malcolm also came through strongly to finish just outside the medals in fourth, in a season's best of 20.30secs.

He had earlier reached the final with some ease despite a lingering injury problem, and was satisfied with his night's work.

"I can't complain," Malcolm said. "It has been an up and down season for me and I was unlucky not to get a medal.

"But I am really pleased with the performance. I am still not 100% but I have still made two major finals.

"Hopefully I will get myself sorted over the winter and come back stronger next year."

Devonish had earlier clocked 20.23secs in finishing a comfortable second behind Kenteris in his semi-final.

Kenteris had equalled his best for the season in taking victory in 20.18secs, but improved that by over three tenths of a second in the final.

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