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Steel claims silver as Great Britain top table in Belgrade

ESPN staff
December 8, 2013
Gemma Steel won individual silver in Belgrade © Getty Images

Great Britain's women claimed the team gold at the European Cross Country Championships in Belgrade, as Gemma Steel won the individual silver medal.

Steel crossed the line four seconds adrift of Sophie Duarte, completing the eight kilometre course in a time of 26 minutes 39 seconds. However, the Brit was pleased to clinch silver ahead of Dulce Felix.

"I was chuffed with beating Dulce in a sprint finish," Steel told British Athletics. "It was nice to beat Fionnuala [Britton] who has been a big rival over the years.

"It's just a shame I got a bit boxed in at the start but I couldn't do anything about that as I set off as fast as I could. It would have been nice to win today but I couldn't really do anything once she [Duarte] opened the gap up."

Elsewhere, Andy Vernon won individual bronze as the men's team finished third overall for the bronze medal, while the women's under-23 and junior teams also clinched gold, taking Britain's medal total to nine.

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