European Championships: Lynsey Sharp & Eilidh Child progress

Lynsey Sharp
Sharp is bidding to defend her 800m title
2014 European Athletics Championships
Dates: 12-17 August. Location: Zurich, Switzerland
Coverage: On BBC Two from 09:00 BST on 12 August; daily coverage, reports and interviews on BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Sport website

Scots Lynsey Sharp and Eilidh Child won their respective semi-finals at the European Championships in Zurich.

Child's 54.71secs run secured her a place in Saturday's 400m hurdles final.

And Sharp, bidding to defend her title, was fastest in her 800m semi-final in two minutes, 1.32secs. The final of that event is also on Saturday.

"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.

Sharp eased away from Russia's Yekaterina Poistogova, who finished second, and Great Britain team-mate Jessica Judd finished third.

"It makes a massive difference running confidently," added the 24-year-old Scot.

"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."

Both Child and Sharp won silver medals at the recent Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Eilidh Child
Child will go in the 400m hurdles final on Saturday

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