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By Stephan Shemilt

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  1. Post update

    But tomorrow can wait, because, for now, it's all about Jo Pavey's Terrific Tuesday.

    Forty years old, a mother of two and now the European 10,000m champion. Quite brilliant. Goodnight.

    Jo Pavey
  2. Post update

    Remember Super Saturday? How does a Wonderful Wednesday grab you? Great Britain have a genuine chance of three gold medals, with Mo Farah going in the 10,000m, Tiffany Porter in the 100m hurdles and the trio of Dwain Chambers, James Dasaolu and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey in the 100m.

    There will be live coverage on BBC Two and online from 09:00 BST tomorrow, with the live text getting under way for the evening session at about 16:30.

  3. Post update

    There have been two gold medals won on this first day of the European Athletics Championships, one to Great Britain and Jo Pavey. That's your lot for tonight, but let me mark your card for tomorrow...

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    Jo Pavey

    Jo Pavey speaking to BBC Two: "I can't believe it I am just thrilled. I was finding it quite a long way, I thought it was the wrong event at one point! It was really emotional to have my daughter Emily watch me for the first time. We thought she might be scared, but decided to gamble it.

    "I was feeling tired, but I had to try and keep relaxed and remind myself that everyone else might be feeling the pace. When I got to the home straight I just kept my eyes on the line and concentrated on giving it my all.

    "To try for so many years and to finally do it at the age of 40 is funny really. I should have learned how it do it by now."

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    Colin Jackson

    Four-time European champion and BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "Tiffany's got a nice little groove going on with her technique there and she can relax. It's a strong performance and I think there's still a little bit more in the tank."

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    Tiffany Porter on BBC Two: "The most important thing is to get to the final, that was my first task. Now I want to look forward to getting better tomorrow.

    "Medals are not won in the semis, so I have to get better."

  7. Porter through to 100m hurdles final

    That sends a message to the rest. Tiffany Porter wins her semi-final at a canter. 12.63 seconds, a season's best and faster than Billaud's time to win the first semi. The final is on Wednesday at 20:34.

  8. Post update

    Right then, Tiffany Porter on the track for the last action of the evening. Lane three for Porter, the Commonwealth silver-medallist. "On your marks..."

  9. #bbceurochamps

    Wendy Andre: What a wonderful race! So well run by Jo Pavey, amazing athlete. Total determination.

    Chris Perry: Absolutely magnificent! Jo Pavey flying the flag for us 40 year olds!

  10. Post update

    Three through automatically, plus two fastest losers. Frances's Cilly Billaud, the fastest in Europe this year, leads the way from Germany's Cindy Roleder (if you're going to hurdle, you probably best be called Cindy) and the Netherlands' Rosina Hodde. Tiffany Porter up next, she has the best season's best in her semi.

  11. Post update

    Zurich is buzzing after that wonderful run by Jo Pavey and the athletes in the semi-finals of the women's 110m hurdles will benefit. Two semis here, Britain's Tiffany Porter going in the second.

  12. Post update

    Pavey, by the way, is also scheduled to be running the 5,000m. A Mo Farah-style double on the cards?

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    Tom Yeates: Actually quite emotional about that performance from Jo Pavey. Absolutely superb

    Alison Enticknap: Wonderful Jo Pavey. Gold in the 10k at 40 years old. Showing those whippersnappers how it's done!

    Nomdy Plume: Right. I'm aiming for Rio gold in the triple jump. I'm inspired.

  14. Post update

    Lovely, lovely scenes as Jo Pavey finds her way through the crowd to her husband and two daughters, think the climb of a Wimbledon champion to the players' box. A big cuddle. She is signing autographs, lapping up being centre of attention. Great scenes.

  15. #bbceurochamps

    Samantha Walsh: Jo Pavey, that was INCREDIBLE. Absolutely brilliant. So so delighted.

    Charlotte Grant: Jo Pavey you are amazing! I don't think I've smiled so much watching someone win a gold medal. You deserve it what a champion.

    Aidan Beck: Don't usually watch athletics, but that was some effort by Jo Pavey!

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    Paula Radcliffe

    Former European 10,000m champion and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "It was a really really smart race from Jo Pavey. She watched all the moves and saved all her energies until she was ready to make her own attack with a lap to go. It was very canny, very clever."

  17. Post update

    The time? Who cares? But for the record let's mark it as 32:22.39. It was a France two-three, with Clemence Calvin taking silver and Laila Traby the bronze.

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    Jo Pavey

    Jo Pavey poses with the Union flag, the centre of attention for so many photographers. She's just run 10,000m, but she still has the energy for a lap of honour, waving to the crowd.

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    Brendan Foster

    BBC athletics commentator

    "What a way to win it. She won it in such style, she tracked Calvin, and then went with a lap to go, sensing that there was her first gold medal to be won. She had to dig in a couple of times down the back straight as Calvin came back at her, but the power, speed and determination carries her home with distance to spare."

  20. Post update

    A wonderful replay shows the determination etched on Jo Pavey's face as she kicked away from Clemence Calvin on the final bend. Just to remind you, Pavey only gave birth to her second child 10 months ago. Amazing.

  21. Post update

    Jo Pavey grabs the Union flag and wraps it around her shoulders, savouring the first gold medal of her career. On the finish line, she exchanges words with a competitor. "Where did you finish?" "I won!"

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    Steve Cram

    BBC Sport athletics commentator

    "A glorious glorious run from Jo Pavey. Her whole career has been about this moment. She has finally come of age at the age of 40!"

  23. Gold Medal

    Jo Pavey (Great Britain) - women's 10,000m

    Jo Pavey

    Whatever you are doing, stop and applaud Jo Pavey. The 40-year-old mother of two wins European gold in the women's 10,000m. She is the oldest female ever to win Euro gold. What a wonderful performance.

  24. Post update

    Final bend, grits the teeth, here she comes...

  25. Post update

    Jo Pavey, the 40-year-old, is stretching ahead!

  26. Post update

    Pavey takes the lead! Calvin goes with her...

  27. Post update

    Pavey relaxed, Ana Dulce Felix looking beaten. Clemence Calvin looking to shake the free, the front group down to four. Pavey is third, Portugal's Sara Moreira in second. They are three. Calvin, Pavey, Moreira. There's the bell...

  28. Post update

    Her comes Ana Dulce Felix, the defending champion, stretching the field, with France's Calvin not wanting to give up the lead. Beth Potter has gone, as Calvin puts the gas on with two and a bit to go. Pavey part of a leading group of five.

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    Brendan Foster

    BBC athletics commentator

    "The leading group is too big. The two Portuguese athletes look good in there, so do Pavey and Potter, but I wouldn't know who is the fastest sprinter out of this big bunch.

    "It is time to start making some decisions and trying to take out some of the contenders."

    Women's 10,000m
  30. Post update

    Clemence Calvin of France on the front, the legs of one athlete behind her streaming with blood after taking a spike to the knee. Pavey making another move on the outside, determination on her face. Wider still goes Pavey, now closer to the front than she has been for the entire race. Three to go.

  31. Post update

    Some 18 athletes bunched, running laps as one. With five to go, Jo Pavey and Beth Potter make a mini-move, while France's Sophi Duarte pulls up.

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    Steve Cram

    BBC Sport athletics commentator

    "Jo Pavey is moving up the field to keep an eye on things. You can feel the anxiety and tension growing. Something has to give. Someone has to make a move and try and take this race by the scruff of the neck."

  33. Post update

    Now Beth Potter makes her move on the outside, followed by Jo Pavey. The leading group splits in two, with the front one containing the two Brits. Latvia's Jelena Prokopcuka leads.

  34. Post update

    Steve Cram

    BBC Sport athletics commentator

    "It has been a metronomic pace so far with another 3.16 kilometre clocked, it has not worn down the bulk of the field though just yet."

  35. Post update

    Athletes still bunched, a reasonably slow time - 78, 79, 80-second laps. Pavey towards the back of the leading group, behind fellow Briton Beth Potter. Eight laps to go.

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    Brendan Foster

    BBC athletics commentator

    "The race plans can start to evolve now as we go through the halfway point. It is a chance to take stock, have a look around and see where everyone else is and check how you feel.

    "It is still a big field with only a few of the runners dropping off the pack. With 12 laps to go no-one is brave enough to make a move yet."

    Women's 10,000m
  37. Post update

    Halfway through the women's 10,000m, things just starting to be shaken up a little. Still Karolina Jarzynska of Poland on the front, but the pack is starting to be stretched. Every so often, one woman drops off the back, cut adrift. Jo Pavey still in touch.

  38. Gold Medal

    David Storl (Germany) - men's shot put

    The first gold medal has been won. I say won, but David Storl has dominated the men's shot put. First effort, 21.41m, plenty good enough. Spain's Borja Vivaa takes silver, with Tomasz Majewski of Poland winning bronze.

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    10,000m final

    The floodlights beam down, hooters honk in the crowd, Jo Pavey continues to wander through the field, in and out. Karolina Jarzynska of Poland takes the front, the pace quickening. Britain's Beth Potter is tucked in on the inside.

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    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer in Zurich

    "GB team captain Goldie Sayer's speech to her compatriots on Monday night centred on one theme: "How would you perform if this was the last time you could ever compete? At 40 years old and with two children, Sayers' room-mate Jo Pavey must appreciate the sentiment more than most.

    "Her season's best prior to tonight's 10,000m final is almost 20 seconds down on France's Clemence Calvin (who is also 16 years her junior), but having won a brilliant Commonwealth 5,000m bronze last week she will believe that the years can be held at bay once again."

  41. Post update

    Jo Pavey is moving around the field, up and down, now in the middle of the bunch. The tall figure of Jip Vastenburg, in Dutch orange, is hard to miss, while there's one unidentified figure at the back running in cap. Maybe that's why. We're about a third of the way through, Pavey not really settled yet.

  42. #bbceurochamps

    Noel Aitchison: So what are the advantages of the really long socks that some runners wear in the long distance races?

  43. Post update

    Music being played, the stadium announcer whipping the crowd up over the tannoy. That must be quite annoying when you're running 10,000m. Question - why is it 10,000m when they run on the track, but 10km when it's run on the road?

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    Brendan Foster

    BBC athletics commentator

    "I think just standing on the start line and seeing '25 laps to go' on the board is enough to make you feel nervous when you have given your all in a major final just a few days before.

    "I don't think that this will be a classic race, a quick race like when Paula Radcliffe won in one of the fastest 10,000m of all time in the European Championships in Munich in 2002. I would love to see Jo bring the form she showed in the Commonwealths into this one."

  45. Post update

    Early stages, Pavey at the front, maybe in fourth position, on the outside of the bunch. As the athletes hug the inside of the track, a cameraman keeps up by riding on a two-wheeled scooter. I want a go, please.

  46. Post update

    Apart from Jo Pavey, who should we be keeping an eye on? Belgium's Almenesh Belete, an Ethiopian-born Belgian, has the fastest time in the field this year. Portugal's Dulce Felix, the defending champion, has not run a 10,000m this year.

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    Steve Cram

    BBC Sport athletics commentator

    "Jo looks a little nervous, but over the years she has always been a superb competitor. Every time she has come into a big race free of injury, she has fought hard and got the most from herself."

  48. Post update

    The athletes are lined up in a cooling evening, shaking their limbs to keep warm. Jo Pavey tucks her hair behind her ears before the women are called to the line. Off goes the gun. The women's 10,000m is under way.

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    Paula Radcliffe

    Former European 10,000m champion and BBC Sport athletics expert on BBC Two

    "Jo Pavey has the experience, but it has been tough for her to come back from the Commonwealth Games and balance the recovery from that and keep her training ticking over."

  50. Post update

    And that leaves us clear for the main event of the evening. As the sun sets on Zurich, the women about to contest the 10,000m make a belated entrance. Beth Potter, fifth in the Commonwealth Games, goes for Great Britain, but all eyes are on the 'fast mum' Jo Pavey.

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    Ashley Bryant

    Ashley Bryant speaking to BBC Two: "One of the things I am happy with is that I have cleared up a couple of points that were messy in Glasgow. I made three legal long jumps, I cleared everything up to 1.95m first time in the high jump.

    "I am disappointed because I wanted to do better here, but my legs reminded me today that I did a decathlon a week ago. Hopefully I can come out tomorrow and put in a few good performances."

  52. Post update

    The decathletes have done their stuff in the 400m - German Kai Kazmirek takes the overall lead. Britain's Ashley Bryant sleeps down in 21st place.

  53. Post update

    Someone need to keep an eye on Cooly the cow. The mascot seems to be attempting kidnap members of the track staff...

    Cooly the mascot
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    David Storl

    Back at the men's shot put, Germany's David Storl continues to lead the way with his first-round effort of 21.41m - his next two rounds have both been fouls. More field action is under way too, qualifying for the women's long jump, featuring Britain's Shara Proctor. That delay in the decathlon means the women's 10,000m will begin at 19:20 BST.

  55. Post update

    Gary, my old mate, I've got a treat for you. Get yourself to the top of this page and click the 'Live Coverage' tab, where you'll find tonight's action, labelled 'Day one, part two'." There you'll see the action live, but you can also scroll back to whatever event you liked. Important stuff, like the 100m heats, is even signposted.

  56. #bbceurochamps

    Gary Briddick: Any chance of showing the 100m heats, can't find on red button or on website and like a lot of workers get home after 6pm.

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    Denise Lewis

    Former European hepthalon champion and BBC Sport athletics expert

    Ashley Bryant

    "It is hard to be critical of Ashley Bryant after his efforts in the Commonwealth Games. There is probably nothing left in those legs, nothing left to draw on."

  58. #bbceurochamps

    Mr Tee: What!?? MORE athletics after all that Commonwealth stuff? Meaning more Denise Lewis and co? I'm happy!

  59. Post update

    Ah, no sooner do I type that, does the gun go in the first of the four heats. The long jump took place earlier this evening, with Belarussian Andrei Krauchanka leading the way overall. Britain's Ashley Bryant, bronze-medal winner in Glasgow, is down in 20th place ahead of the final event of the day.

  60. Post update

    This is curious. The decathlon 400m should have begun at 18:42, but is so far delayed. No word as to why. Not one of the four heats has been run, which means that the women's 10,000m will face a delay too.

  61. Post update

    The lights are on as darkness begins to close in. There are 12 men going in the shot put final, led by German favourite David Storl. A world champion, he is low-profile back at home, going unrecognised as he worked as police officer in a Berlin train station during the off-season. He already leads with a mark 21.41m.

  62. Get Involved

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    Kate Karwacinski: Was upset when the Commonwealth Games ended. So happy European Athletics Championships has started!

  63. Get Involved

    BBC Sport Facebook page

    With the European Athletics Championships taking place in Zurich this week, BBC Sport wants to hear from you.

    Former marathon world champion Paula Radcliffe will be answering your questions at 14:00 BST on Wednesday.

    What does the future hold for British Athletics? And who has impressed her over the summer? Get involved and send in your questions via the BBC Sport Facebook page.

  64. Post update

    Colin Jackson

    Four-time European champion and BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "I bumped into Jo Pavey at the airport after the Commonwealth Games and she was still so buoyant, putting her stuff through the x-ray machine and chatting to the security guards, just enjoying all that attention that she has been getting."

  65. Post update

    Denise Lewis

    BBC Sport athletics expert

    "We've grown up together. Her performance at the Commonwealth Games endeared her to many people. She ahs been identified by a Swiss newspaper as one of the ones to watch. They call her 'the fast mum'."

  66. Post update

    Jo Pavey

    Jo Pavey on her bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games on BBC Two: "I've had to recover, but also put in some last-minute training. The crowd definitely helped in Glasgow, the noise was deafening.

    "I had a race-plan in my mind then, but bearing in mind there was three amazing Kenyans in the field I didn't know if it'd work. Now I'm so busy, I don't get stressed about training.

    "Being so busy in the day has given me more endurance. When I got into the athlete village in Glasgow, it felt like it was really relaxing without my family duties for a day or two.

    "There's a lot of really strong athletes in this race, but I'll be out there trying my best. It was pleasing to be competitive with the Kenyans, and I was pleasantly surprised I could still be so competitive. I definitely have thoughts of carrying on for a while now."

  67. Post update

    That's it for the major action on the track for a little while - the decathlon 400m is next up. After that comes the women's 10,000m, where Briton's Jo Pavey could take centre stage. The men's shot put final is just getting under way too.

  68. Post update

    Denise Lewis

    BBC Sport athletics expert

    "Injuries can take a toll. A healthy body is what you require in athletics if you want to deliver. You've got to make the decision when to compete, and when not to."

  69. Post update

    Brendan Foster

    BBC athletics commentator

    "It's disappointment for the British 800m athletes. It's back to the drawing board for them, and it's back to the drawing board for their coaches."

  70. Post update

    Yep, confirmed, Andrew Osagie goes out, his time not good enough for one of the fastest loser's spots. There will be no British representation beyond the first round of the men's 800m.

  71. Post update

    Steve Cram

    BBC Sport athletics commentator

    "Rimmer hasn't made it. He knows that, and he shakes his head. Not good, not good at all and he knows it."

  72. Post update

    Michael Rimmer

    Ah, Michael Rimmer is fading, run out of it in the final 50m, finishing down in sixth. Denmark's Andreas Bube wins it in 1:47:50. I think Andrew Osagie might be in trouble, too.

  73. Post update

    Now inside, through the middle. Rimmer is in fifth coming round the final bend.

  74. Post update

    Here he comes, around the outside...

  75. Post update

    Michael Rimmer, T-shirt under his vest, is at the back of the field, getting bumped around. The field is stretched and Rimmer is last-but-one at the bell.

  76. Post update

    The deal is this, if the top five run faster than 1.48:31, Andrew Osagie is out. There are nine runners here, one more than the eight we've seen in the other three. The gun has gone.

  77. Post update

    Paula Radcliffe

    BBC Sport athletics expert

    "We're hoping to see Michael have a good race, he's another who has struggled with a back problem this year."

  78. Post update

    Fourth heat coming up, featuring Michael Rimmer, the 2010 silver medallist. He's struggled with a back injury this year, so qualification could be tough.

  79. Post update

    Adam Kzsczot of Poland wins heat three in 1:47:92. Andrew Osagie's 1:48.31 has been bettered, but he remains as the third fastest loser, with one heat remaining.

  80. Post update

    Paula Radcliffe

    BBC Sport athletics expert

    "Andrew has struggled with his hamstring injury during this summer. He didn't have the extra gear that we've seen in previous years. All this year it's been missing, and maybe it's linked to the hamstring?"

  81. Get Involved

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    Ian at Manchester Airport en route to Zurich: Looking forward to Tom Bosworth attacking the British record in the Men's 20km walk tomorrow morning.

  82. Post update

    The four fastest losers can also make the next round - Andrew Osagie is the second fastest with two more heats to go. No British interest in heat three, Michael Rimmer goes in heat four.

  83. Post update

    Andrew Osagie

    Andrew Osagie on BBC Two: "I'm not quite sure what's happened. I've had a problem with the sciatic nerve and I started to cramp up. To be honest, I wasn't good enough to get through, I was struggling. It was literally the last 10m of the race - adding to my story of problems this year.

    "I felt fine before that, I was in a good position but we'll have to see what this injury is."

  84. Post update

    Andrew Osagie can hardly climb the stairs leading away from the track. Did you see those pictures of Tiger Woods? The ones where he couldn't bend over to put his shoes on? It reminds me of that.

  85. Post update

    Steve Cram

    BBC Sport athletics commentator

    "What on earth went on there? Has he pulled something? He was in a good position at the top of the home straight, then he almost stops running. He looks to be in some pain there."

  86. Post update

    Andrew Osagie

    Oh dear, it's all gone wrong for Andrew Osagie. He's on the deck at the finish line, clutching his back. He was cruising, but tied up on the home straight and struggled to finish in fifth. Osagie was grimacing as he crossed the line. After the controversy of Glasgow, has an injury cost him here?

  87. Post update

    Here comes English, gliding past, and Osagie is struggling...

  88. Post update

    Tamas Kazi of Hungary leading at the bell, Osagie well-placed on the outside, English looking to come from the inside.

  89. Post update

    Gun goes, with 21-year-old medical student English starting well. As they come together, he lies third, just behind Osagie.

  90. Post update

    There's a right old wrestle in heat one, all taking place behind eventual winner Marcin Lewandowski of Poland. Speaking of wrestling, Britain's Andrew Osagie is up next.

  91. Get Involved

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    Toniwater: Jimmy Vicaut looks fit enough on the back of that! Looked smooth right out of the blocks. Biggest challenger to Dasalou!

  92. Post update

    Sprints over for the evening, we're on to the middle-distance fellas. Four heats of the men's 800m, British pair Andrew Osagie and Michael Rimmer to come later.

  93. Post update

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer in Zurich

    "A warm, close evening in the Letzigrund Stadium, home to so many world records down the years. The new track laid for these championships at a cost of £500,000 looks as fast as billed, too - while the program tonight is steady rather than spectacular, the sprint heats indicate we may have fireworks over the rest of the week."

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    Harry Aikines Aryeetey

    Harry Aikines-Aryeetey on BBC Two: "Me looking across at the end could be construed in the wrong way. Lane one is never a great lane to be in, but it's all about qualifying.

    "I'm feeling a bit more like myself. I'm here today thanks to the team I've got behind me. My team, my staff, everyone has helped me and fingers crossed I can have some fun and pot some good times down tomorrow. Hopefully we'll stay on top of the French and we'll see what happens."

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    Steve Cram

    BBC Sport athletics commentator

    "I guess he knew he had plenty to spare there, not a bad time. We don't get many bad runs from Harry anymore, he's got that consistency now."

  96. Post update

    First there was a shift of the eyes, then a full turn of the head. Those five heats have been won by three Britons and two Frenchmen. Tasty.

  97. Post update

    Not entirely straightforward, but Harry Aikines-Aryeetey is through as the winner of the heat in 10.19. Leading from the gun, H A-A was pressured, to the extent he had a big glance across on 60m.

  98. Post update

    The fifth and final heat features the third Briton, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, a live text commentator's nightmare of a name. By the time you've typed that, his race is over. HA-A is in lane one and is the fastest man in the field this season.

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    Denise Lewis

    BBC Sport athletics expert

    Jimmy Vicault

    "There was no evidence of any niggles there for Vicaut. He looked very good. We talk about rivalries, but the one between him and Lemaitre is the main one. I think this guy has all the hallmarks of taking this 100m title. That was an effortless piece of sprinting there."

    "We've seen him battling James Desaolu indoors, where they've both gone sub-6.50. If James is ready and fit it could be an interesting battle between the two of them."

  100. Get involved

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    Craig Harper: James Dasaolu looked impressive in his heat, easing down at 70m

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    Jimmy Vicaut

    Is Vicaut fit? If he's not, I'd love to see him running when's healthy. 10.06 blasts the rest of the field away and is the fastest time of the evening so far. Turkey's Ramil Guliyev, by the way, didn't get the chance to run - he was disqualified for a false start.

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    Dwain Chambers

    Dwain Chambers on BBC Two: "Going out there in the first round is always a bit nerve-wracking, and I thought 'just go out , and set yourself up'. I'm happy with that. It's good to be in control.

    "You don't want to leave with negative thoughts. Our team captain Goldie Sayers asked us 'how would you compete if this was your last race?' It's a great question, and after I thought about it, I came to the conclusion that I'd do it with a smile."

  103. Post update

    No British interest in heat four, Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut is the one to watch here. He's gone under 10 seconds this season, but hasn't raced since 21 June. Is he fit?

  104. Post update

    James Dasaolu

    James Dasaolu on BBC Two: "It was just the heats, you were trying to lose as little energy as possible. I'm just happy to get through. You have nerves, but maybe not as high as the world champs.

    "Anything can happen tomorrow, you have to get through the semis then try to push for a medal."

  105. Post update

    Steve Cram

    BBC Sport athletics commentator

    "That was a very good first 80m, and then he could afford to turn off from there. It's a nice solid start and he did everything he needed to do."

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    James Dasaolu

    My word, that is very impressive from James Dasaolu. The time of 10.22 doesn't tell the whole story, as he was easing up from 80m onwards. By that point, he was well ahead and the rest of the field only came back into the shot because he was slowing down.

  107. Post update

    Next please. James Dasaolu, the second-fastest Briton of all time, going in heat three. His PB of 9.91 is matched by Dutch athlete Churandy Martina, but Dasaolu's season's best of 10.03 is a whole tenth of a second quicker.

  108. Post update

    Denise Lewis

    BBC Sport athletics expert

    "Dwain has the experience and he can navigate the rounds. He knows his competitors and where their strengths and weaknesses are."

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    Colin Jackson

    Four-time European champion and BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "Of all the athletes lining up, Dwain's got the most experience. He knows how to save himself to make sure he gives his best as the competition wears on. That was a nice performance and he was able to relax towards the end."

  110. Post update

    Dwain chambers

    Very good from Chambers, easing through, winning ahead of the German Jakubczyk. A time of 10.18, slowing up as he reaches the line.

  111. Post update

    Denise Lewis

    BBC Sport athletics expert

    "Dwain's savouring his athletics now he's coming towards the end of his career. He knows there won't be the next Europeans for him."

  112. Post update

    Chambers drawn in lane four, the only sub-10 sprinter in the heat. Germany's Lukas Jakubczyk has the best of the season.

  113. Post update

    Colin Jackson

    Four-time European champion and BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "Everyone's looking at Christophe Lemaitre, he's the marked man and he's arrived here in good shape."

  114. Get involved

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    John McEnerney: The 800m should be a cracking battle between Bosse, Lewandowski(2010 Champ) & Mark English, quick times in the heats for sure.

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    Dwain Chamberson BBC Two:"They're going to pass me one day, but I'm trying to make sure it doesn't happen right now. That's my motivation. Now I'm nearing the end of my career, it matters even more. You can't buy the feeling of competing and I want to hold onto that as long as I can."

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    Christophe lemaitre

    Lemaitre, a blur in navy blue, is far enough ahead to jog over the finish line. 10.16 is the time, with Germany's Julian Reus, in good form before this meet, way down. He's through, though, inside the top four that go on to the next round. Dwain Chambers up next.

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    Not a breath to be taken before we bump along to the men's 100m first round. Dwain Chambers, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and James Daslaolu all to come, but, first up, France's defending champion Christophe Lemaitre.

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    Colin Jackson

    BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "I wouldn't take to beating myself up before a race. It's all about individual preparation isn't it? You watch some of the athletes from the old Eastern Bloc and they did that, but it's not for me. I think it's pretty destructive."

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    Ukraine's Olha Zemlyak, long ponytail flapping behind her, wins it a canter, 51.16 is better than the time of Christine Ohuruogu. They have been the outstanding athletes of these heats. Zemlyak's preparation included slapping herself around the face. Whatever works for you.

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    The gun has gone for the final heat in the first round of the women's 400m.

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    Mo farah

    Double Olympic champion Mo Farah caught some flak from some fans for his no-show at the Commonwealth Games. As sick-notes go though, it turns out that he has a pretty convincing one.

    The 31-year-old revealed yesterday that he had to be airlifted to hospital with severe stomach pain after collapsing following a training run at his base in the United States.

    "They thought something was going on with my heart," Farah said of his doctors.

    He will attempt to do the 5,000m and 10,000m double in Zurich.

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    Still Christine Ohuruogu leads the way - 51.95 is the time of Ukraine's Nataliya Pyhyda, the winner of heat three. While all that is going on, Germany's Robert Harting has qualified for the final of the discuss. Harting, you'll recall, celebrated winning gold at London 2012 by running the hurdles, ripping his shirt off, then having a few beers and sleeping on a train.

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    Colin Jackson

    Four-time European champion and BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "Christine took control of the race and there was nothing her competitors could do. She's put down a marker and is looking very strong. That was a comfortable performance."

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    After two of the four heats, Christine Ohuruogu's time of 51.40 is the best we've seen. The athletes are out on the track for heat three.

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    Steve Cram

    BBC Sport athletics commentator

    "If she comes to this kind of championship she will be competing hard. Christine doesn't like it when she comes to these scenarios and doesn't compete. That proves she's ready and the result will give her a huge amount of confidence."

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    Denise Lewis

    BBC Sport athletics expert

    "We said we wouldn't know until we saw Christine on the track, but now we know she is ready. She was in control, working comfortably. She looked good."

  127. Ohurougu wins in season's best

    Christine Ohuruogu

    Very, very good from Christine Ohuruogu, winning well clear of Libania Grenot in her season's best time of 51.40, the fourth fastest time in Europe. An off-year? Not ready to win a medal? Don't believe any of it.

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    Ohurougu leading down the straight, impressive...

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    As she does, a steady start from Ohuruogu, behind the Italian Grenot, but now coming strong round the final bend...

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    A wave as she's introduced to the crowd, a lane inside the Italian Libania Grenot. "On your marks...set...

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    Christine Ohuruogu

    Christine Ohuruogu on BBC Two: "I had a plan coming into the season and that was to make sure I have some relatively good performances during this season. I hope to step up in the Europeans and take everything is in stages so it's about being committed to my plan form the outset."

  132. Post update

    Christine Ohuruogu, white T-shirt and red leggings, is on the track, preparing in lane six. An injury-hit season, her best of 51.66 is way down on her PB of 49.41. So often, though, she gets it right at the majors.

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    A surprise of sorts here - Russian Tatyana Veshkurova, silver in 2006, is outside the top three and will have to wait and see. Spain's Indira Terrero won it in 51.62 and is through alongside Romania's Bianca Razor and France's Marie Gayot.

  134. Women's 400m

    Right then, enough chat. The evening's first track action is getting under way, the first round of the women's 400m. Three heats here, with the first three from each going through to the semis along with the four fastest losers. Christine Ohuruogu in heats two, the same as Italian Libania Grenot. The gun has gone in heat one...

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    Colin Jackson

    Two-time CWG champion and BBC Sport athletics pundit

    On the quick turn around between the Commonwealth Games and the European Championships: "For us sprinters and for the jumpers, it's easier to come back after just a 10-day rest. You rest-up, get your massages and go again."

  136. Live now

    BBC Sport

    And, while you're tweeting and texting, you may well want to watch the action too. Live coverage is under way on BBC Two and at the top of this page if you click the 'Live Coverage' tab. If you hit the 'Highlights' tab, you'll see a steeplechaser falling over and a hurdling cow.

  137. Get involved

    You know what's happened, you know what's going to happen. Now, you might want to get involved. Two usual ways - text 81111, or tweeting using the hashtag #bbceurochamps. What are you looking forward to over the next six days? Who will shine in Zurich? And, seeing as we're here, what's your favourite thing about Switzerland?

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    This morning? British team captain Goldie Sayers has eased through in the javelin, while Martyn Rooney, Conrad Williams and Matthew Hudson-Smith made it into Wednesday's 400m semi-finals.

    Laura Muir, though, has missed out on qualification for the final of the 1500m.

    "That's pretty gutting," she said. "I knew it was going to be tough but I thought it should be more straightforward."

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    And, being the opening day, it's not just about the medals, but also the opportunity to compete for the three metals.

    Two-time world and 2008 Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu begins her 400m bid in the heats at 17:00, while Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, Dwain Chambers and James Dasaolu go in the 100m.

    We also have men's 800m and women's 100m hurdles heats, qualifying for the men's discus and shot put and the decathlon high jump and 400m. Got all that? Lovely.

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    As stories go, this one is a belter.

    Great Britain's Jo Pavey, a 10,000m sliver-medallist in the Euros two years ago and a 5,000m bronze-winner in Glasgow, is a 40-year-old mum of two.

    After returning to competition following the birth of her second child, Pavey has run only one 10,000m race this season. If she wins, she will become the oldest ever female European champion. She goes at 19:20 BST.

    Jo Pavey
  141. Post update

    So we're well in to day one in Switzerland, a day in which two gold medals will be handed out.

    I'm a realist. I know I may struggle to get you excited about the men's shot put, so let me point you in the direction of the women's 10,000m...

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    Admittedly, I can't offer you The Proclaimers, merely six days of the best athletics Europe has to offer. How good?

    "Despite the Commonwealth Games, this is the primary competition for athletes wearing a British vest."

    The words of Team GB team performance director Neil Black, a man who knows what he's talking about.

    Welcome to the European Athletics Championships. Welcome to Zurich.

  143. Post update

    Yep, it's little more than a week since the smiles, sunshine (sort of) and all-round Scottish success of a Commonwealth Games drew to a close.

    Are you missing it? Withdrawal symptoms? Perhaps you're hurdling over plant pots or pole-vaulting on to the bed, all while humming The Proclaimers' 500 Miles.

    Well, help is at hand.

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    Was it really only nine days ago?

    Commonwealth Games