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Gemili impresses on successful night for Brits in Zurich

ESPN staff
August 14, 2014
Adam Gemili was not troubled in his semi-final heat © Getty Images

Adam Gemili comfortably booked his place in the men's 200m final at the European Championships on another night of success for British athletes in Zurich.

Gemili looked around him to see where his opponents were with around about 50m remaining coming out of the bend, and the 20-year-old was able to ease off and set a time of 20.23 seconds. Team-mate Danny Talbot could only finish sixth and misses out on the final as only the top three qualify.

"It takes you by surprise how quickly you are winning. It's a very good track but championship running is about saving energy. I slowed down and I've got more to show," Gemili told BBC Sport.

"I'm still only 20, still relatively new and the more I do that the more I can contend for a medal," Gemili added.

Will Sharman had to settle for silver in the men's 110m hurdles as Sergey Shubenkov defended his title. Sharman had been in front but clattered into the sixth and seventh barriers to then be overtaken by Shubenkov.

Lynsey Sharp and Jessica Judd both reached the final of the women's 800m.

Sharp, the reigning European champion and silver medallist at the Commonwealth games, was forced to lead after the other runners refused to take up the position at the front.

Sharp, though, remained composed throughout the race to win in a time of two minutes and 1.32 seconds, ahead of Russia's Yekaterina Poistogova, with Judd doing enough to finish third to qualify.

Lynsey Sharp (right) controlled the race from start to finish © Getty Images

"I felt good. I got out strong as normal, no one pushed it on but I tried to stay calm and just ran my own race," Sharp said. "It makes a massive difference running confidently. I've raced Jess a few times this year and I looked across with 300m to go and thought it would be really nice if we could both get through."

Judd reached the final at the Commonwealth Games, and afterwards the 19-year-old said: "I'm so happy. To make two major finals in one year is great. It became real last night when I was watching the videos and I was thinking 'I'm the only one not there'. Everyone else has been at the Olympics and major championships and to be in the final alongside them is amazing."

Eilidh Child eased into the final of the women's 400m hurdles. The Scot won the silver medal at the Commonwealth Games and continued to live up to her billing as the favourite for the gold medal.

"My coach just said to do what I did yesterday, but finish it off because I knew girls would be closer to me. I'm happy with that," she said.

"Having the inside draw, it's nice to know what's going on. Ultimately I've got to concentrate on my own race but it's nice to know where everyone is when you're coming down the home straight. I'm just trying to enjoy every race. The Commonwealths was amazing and I'm just loving coming out here and racing again."

Andy Turner's career has come to an end after he failed to qualify for the men's 110m hurdles.

Turner announced he would retire after the European Championships, and he was unable to end his time on the track on a high as he finished seventh in his semi-final.

"I'm a little disappointed with my race and I could have done better. I just wanted to run. I gave it everything but that's all I had," Turner, who won gold in Barcelona in 2010, said.

"I've had a good innings, going to championships since 2004, so I'm going to go out as a European semi-finalist and I've got to take something from that. I can be proud of that longevity.

"My European gold is the highlight. I had a lot of doubters so to come back made up for the upset of people not believing in me, but I've got so many positives and great memories."

Dina Asher-Smith will take part in the women's 200m final after the 18-year-old set a new British junior record of 22.61 seconds in finishing second in her semi-final heat - capping off a fine day after earning a place at King's College London this morning after receiving her A-level results.

Jodie Williams won her heat to join Asher-Smith in the final, while Bianca Williams also made it through after finishing second to newly-crowned 100m champion Dafne Schippers.

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