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Mike Henson

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  1. Post update

    Three golds in one night? Team GB you are really spoiling us.

    It might not be the same feast of precious metal tomorrow.

    But with William Sharman, Lawrence Clarke and Andy Turner all in the 110m hurdles semi-finals ahead of Thursday's final and Goldie Sawyers aiming for her back fence in the javelin, there might be more baggage to be booked in on Team GB's return flight.

    We'll be back with live text from around 16:30 BST with live video throughout the day on both BBC Two and online. Enjoy.

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    Paula Radcliffe

    Marathon world record holder and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "We might be on track for one of our best medal hauls ever at a European Championships, and we're only on day two. Jo Pavey set the ball rolling in the 10,000m last night, and we've followed that up tonight with some tremendous performances."

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    Robert harting

    Robert Harting, a bear of man himself, could show Cooly a thing or two about hurdling. The German celebrated his discus gold at London 2012 by leaping over the barriers, ripping off his vest and getting roaring drunk.

    Zurich prepare yourselves.

    Harting has just bagged European gold, beating Estonia's Gerd Kanter and Poland's Robert Urbanek with a throw of 66.07m.

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    Women's 100m hurdles final

    Tiffany Porter

    Reflecting on her gold medal, Tiffany Porter on BBC Two: "This is very special, I'd not won gold before so I'm thrilled to finally get one.

    "The true mark of an athlete is to perform when it matters most. I'm so pleased to come away with a gold, I'm very happy. When you see your team-mates doing so well it really spurs you on in your event. It's very satisfying to win.

    "I'm just so happy and it's a big thanks to everybody who has helped me to get here. I'm beyond ecstatic right now and I can't wait to get onto the top of that podium."

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    Andrei Krauchanka

    Time for a quick whip-round to cover the medals that were won while we were looking elsewhere on compacted night of action.

    France's defending champion and indoor world champion Eloyse Lesueur has bagged the women's long jump crown while Belarus's Andrei Krauchanka, a silver medallist at Beijing 2008, is the men's decathlon champion.

    Krauchanka's telephone number ends in his personal best decathlon score of 8617. He has narrowly missed having to text everyone his new digits after finishing with a score of 8616.

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    Men's 100m final

    Harry Aikines-Aryeetey on BBC Two reflecting on his bronze medal: "I've got my medal. I'm kind of speechless. I want to congratulate James on his gold, because we've both grown up together.

    "This is a landmark night for me. I've got to thank my coach and physio and the National Lottery funding for enabling me to be in this situation right now."

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    Men's 100m final

    James Dasaolu on BBC Two reflecting on his 100m gold: "It's a lovely feeling to be European Champion. I'm still trying to take it all in. I didn't get a good start in the race but battled through to win. I'm so happy.

    "Track and field always has its up and downs, I've had injuries and didn't know if I'd be able to compete this season so it's a lovely feeling to come away with a gold, my first senior medal outdoors.

    "It's onwards and upwards. To be honest, I'm still trying to take it all in."

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    Women's 100m final

    The rain comes sleeting down as Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and James Dasaolu finish thanking various pockets of British fans for coming.

    The women's 100m ceremony is going to be squeezed in before we call it a day. The Netherlands' Dafne Schippers is on the top step, but her smile is not as wide as Britain's Ashleigh Nelson in bronze.

    The Dutch national anthem by the way sounds not unlike the Twelve Days of Christmas. Festive.

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    Men's 100m final

    Dwain Chambers on BBC Two after finishing fourth in the 100m final: "It was tough but I gave it my all and that's all I could do. I'm not sure how I missed out, I'll have to look at the replay, but that's just the nature of the sport.

    "We don't train to finish outside the medals, we train to get on the podium. In sport you win some, you lose some and you have to treat those impostors the same. We still have the relay.

    "Congratulations to James and Harry for their medals. I was in their position many moons ago and that's they way the cookie crumbles."

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    Men's 100m final

    British sprinters celebrate their success

    Harry Aikines-Aryeetey is bouncing on his lap of honour, jabbing celebratory fingers into the stands. James Dasaolu is a lot more circumspect, stalking the perimeter wrapped in the Union Jack, looking like it is the least he expected.

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    Men's 100m final

    Steve Cram

    BBC athletics commentator

    Harry Aikines-Aryeetey wins bronze

    "I think Dwain Chambers had a medal there, but did he just fade? That chest of Harry's has finally been put to good use, out-leaning Dwain."

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    Men's 100m final

    James Dasaolu

    It was a clinical run from James Dasaolu. The slo-mo replay shows him with cheeks bouncing and arms swinging loose as he stays calm and collected and lets his natural style gather speed that no-one else in the field can match. His winning time was 10.06 seconds.

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    Allison Curbishley

    BBC Sport athletics expert on Radio 5 live

    "Harry Aikines-Aryeetey has had criticism about his big chest but that got him on the podium tonight after having a big look at where Dwain Chambers was. Finally he has delivered on his promise. He's gone down on all fours - it clearly means a lot to him."

  14. Aikines-Aryeetey wins 100m bronze

    Colin Jackson

    Two-time world 110m hurdles champion and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "It was a battle of the Brits for the bronze. Was it going to be Harry? Was it going to be Dwain? Congratulations to Harry."

  15. Dasaolu wins men's 100m

    Steve Cram

    BBC athletics commentator

    "Great Britain has a new sprint star. We knew about his talent, can he convert? Yes he can. It's chilly, it's cold but he's going to feel mightily warmed by that gold medal."

  16. Gold medal

    James Dasaolu (Great Britain) 100m

    James Dasaolu

    After the landmark times, James Dasaolu finally has a major title to go with his credentials as the second-fastest Briton of all time.

    Christophe Lemaitre takes silver with Harry Aikines-Aryeety pipping Dwain Chambers for silver.

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    Men's 100m final

    Harry Aikines-Aryeetey gets shown a yellow card warning. Portugal's Yazaldes Nascimento, who thought he was the guilty party, had already set off for the dressing room and had to be hooked back...

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    Men's 100m final

    False start! The buzzer sounds and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey looks a little sheepish...

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    Men's 100m final

    Dwain Chambers is stony-faced as his name is read out. He has a lane eight draw to contend with. This might be his last chance of a major gold medal....

  20. Get involved


    Dave Readle: "Love a bit of 100m action." #bbceurochamps

    Ian Bradley: "I hope no NFL scouts are watching Harry Aikines-Aryeety. He'd make a great wide-receiver." #bbceurochamps

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    Denise Lewis

    Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "Deep down, Dwain knows how to rise to the occasion. He knows there's an opportunity and anything can happen in a final. He knows the end is nigh in terms of his career and he would love to go out on a high."

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    Men's 100m final

    The final event on the track tonight is the 100m final and, whisper it quietly, a third British gold of the night is a distinct possibility.

    James Dasaolu was the class of the qualifiers. Harry Aikines-Aryeety won his own semi-final and national champion Dwain Chambers won silver here 16 years ago.

    In the absence of fellow Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut, Christophe Lemaitre is the main threat.

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    Usain Bolt

    Meanwhile Usain Bolt has broken cover.

    The Jamaican sprint uberstar is breaking out his own trademark celebration and chatting to the crowd over the microphone. Looks like he is over his night out in London.

  24. Farah wins 10,000m gold

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Mo Farah on BBC Radio 5 live: "It's been pretty bad being in hospital for four days and not knowing what's going on. But I got over it. I've had massive support, from my coach and particularly from my family, my wife and my kids. The support of the family means so much to me."

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    Mascot Cooly jumps over hurdles

    If Cooly the Cow comes charging across the field at you, leaping the wall won't make you safe.

    The Zurich 2014 mascot has been showing off his hurdling technique again and if you have seen a better bovine athlete over the barriers you are a more worldly man than me.

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    Women's 100m hurdles final

    Cindy Billaud

    France's Cindy Billaud, finished three hundredth of a second behind Tiffany Porter in a time of 12.79.

    She is in tears as she contemplates her second place. Tears of joy? Perhaps not.

    Her best this season is a punchy 12.56 seconds and, running into only a slight headwind, that is enough to leave her wondering what might have been.

    Never mind. Britain's healthy lead in the organisers' slightly confusing medal table just got a little larger.

  27. Vernon wins 10,000m silver

    Andy Vernon on BBC Two discussing his silver medal: "When you come to these races it's a bit of a lottery because you're not sure what kind of form people are in, and you're not sure what will happen.

    "I came out second and I'm pretty happy. I thought I might get to eight kilometres and fall apart, but I just hung in there and I managed to beat all the athletes but one. It means a lot.

    "It's months and years of hard dedication. It's a great job to have and I love it, but you've got to get up on those cold January mornings to train and it takes a lot of motivation to do that day in, day out. It's days like this where it pays off and it's brilliant."

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    Women's 100m hurdles final

    Colin Jackson

    Two-time world 110m hurdles champion and BBC Sport athletics expert

    Tiffany Porter

    "Tiffany will be very emotional about this, it's been a long time coming for her to stand on the top of that rostrum. The race was won right from the off.

    "There was no way the field could claw the distance back once she took the lead. Technically it wasn't the best of races from her but she's a great competitor and hauled herself through. She stamped her authority on the race and it's all about those winter nights putting in the work that's finally paid off."

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    Porter wins 100m hurdles gold

    Darren Campbell

    BBC Sport athletics expert on Radio 5 live

    "I think Tiffany Porter was disappointed with what happened at the Commonwealth Games because she had a chance to beat Sally Pearson. I think she was desperate to make up for that.

    "Sometimes when you look in an athlete's eyes you can see that determination and she used that Commonwealth Games experience as a positive."

  30. Gold medal

    Tiffany Porter (Great Britain) 100m hurdles

    Tiffany Porter

    Tiffany Porter goes hard from the gun and snuffs out the threat of Cindy Billaud in the opening 40m. The Briton had enough in the bag to hold off the Frenchwoman's late surge.

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    Women's 100m hurdles final

    Britain's Tiffany Porter on BBC Two: "I know I can compete with the best in the world. This year has been so hectic, I couldn't dwell on how I'd done indoor because we had the Commonwealth's coming up. I was super thrilled with the silver in Glasgow, but I didn't execute the best race. I was happy, but I have work to do here at the European Championships."

  32. Post update

    Women's 100m hurdles final

    Next up, is the women's 100m hurdles final and there is a good chance the result could get God Save the Queen back on the jukebox.

    It could well be a straight slug-out between world bronze medallist Tiffany Porter and France's Cindy Billaud.

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    The medal ceremony for the men's 10,000m gets under way.

    Two moments of slight comedy ensue.

    Firstly Great Britain's silver medallist almost gets a accidental kiss off the male Swiss dignitary who chooses to clamber actually onto the podium to hand over his gong.

    Then as God Save the Queen plays and the flags take some time to rise, Mo Farah has a nagging concern that he is facing the wrong way and checks over his shoulder to make sure the Union Jack is not appearing behind him.

  34. Get involved


    Ross Fraser: "As good as it is seeing Mo back on the track, I'm more pleased with Andy Vernon getting silver."

    Amy Warrington: "How did Jo Pavey keep herself together there, I was in bits. Tears of utter joy for an incredible athlete." #wonderwoman #bbceurochamps

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    Women's 100m final

    Ashleigh Nelson and Dafne Schippers

    Ashleigh Nelson's bronze medal earlier this evening makes her the first female British sprinter to visit the European Championships 100m podium in 40 years.

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    800m semi-finals

    It is a Polish one-two is the second semi-final as Adam Kszczot and Marcin Lewandowski join compatriot Artur Kuciapski in the 800m final.

    Bosnia's Amel Tuka takes third.

  37. Farah wins 10,000m gold

    Mo Farah

    More from Mo Farah on BBC Two: "This means a lot to me, it's not been an easy time so it means a lot. The European champs have been good to me and given me a lot of confidence in my career along the way.

    "You can't forget where you started from. I'm excited for the 5k now and I want to thank a lot of people for supporting me. My family's been there for me, we've gone through a lot of emotions and it's great to have some people like that behind me."

  38. Farah wins 10,000m gold

    Mo Farah

    Mo Farah on BBC Two: "It means a lot to me. Two weeks ago, there was a doubt I'd compete here after pulling out of the Commonwealths, but this meant a lot to me.

    "I wanted to run the Commonwealth Games, but couldn't so this meant a lot to me. I didn't want to let people down and I let the those down who bought tickets because I said I was going to be there but I didn't go. I felt I let a lot of people down. They want to come and see you, I felt for them."

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    Men's 800m semi-finals

    There are no Britons in the 800m semi-finals. France's Pierre-Ambroise Bosse takes the first though with Ireland's Mark English, 21, just run out of one of the three automatic qualifying spots by Denmark's Andreas Bube. English may get a ticket to Friday's final though as one of two fastest losers.

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    Women's 100m final

    Denise Lewis

    Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and BBC Sport athletics expert

    Ashleigh Nelson

    "The young British sprinting talent is coming through. At the start of the season Ashleigh Nelson probably would have been well down the list for a medal at these championships so it's all credit to her."

  41. Get involved


    Gary Briddick: Gold and silver - boom. We can run 10,000m in Britain.

    Stephen Panting: Wow, what a run from Andy Vernon. Great silver medal behind Mo in the 10k. GB one, two. Great.

    Ross Fraser: As good as it is seeing Mo back on the track, I'm more pleased with Vernon getting silver.

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    Women's 100m final

    Ashleigh Nelson on BBC Twoafter winning 100m bronze: "I've got to start off with a big thanks to my coach and medical team. A big thanks to those guys.

    "The last few years have just been managing injuries and it's been tough. This year I wanted to come back and make sure I was in the final here because when you're in it you never know what might happen.

    "I didn't feel like that was my best race and I feel like there's a lot more to come. It's taken a lot of persistence and belief from myself and the people around me. I can't thank everyone enough."

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    Usain Bolt of Jamaica hugs Mo Farah

    You aren't fooling anyone. Usain Bolt, hood up and shades on, has sneaked into the Letzigrund Stadium to congratulate Mo Farah. The two share an agent and Bolt has appeared at benefit dinners for Farah's charitable foundation.

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    Women's 100m final

    France's Myriam Soumare is the silver filling in that sandwich.

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    Women's 100m final

    Colin Jackson

    Two-time world 110m hurdles champion and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "Ashleigh didn't have the best start but she worked her way through the field. It's appalling conditions for sprinting but this young lady still produces an impressive time.

    "This is a play event for her almost because she didn't fancy doing the heptathlon this year. She should bin that and concentrate on the sprinting because she can go beneath 11 seconds. "

  46. Gold medal

    Dafne Schippers (Netherlands) 100m

    Dafne Schippers wins

    Dafne Schippers, slow out of the blocks, but finishing like a train, takes gold in a time of 11.12.

    And Great Britain's Ashleigh Nelson accelerating smoothly from start to the end takes a cheeky bronze!

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    Women's 100m final

    No rest though on this jam-packed Wednesday. The women's 100m final is ready to go.

    Britain's Desiree Henry and Ashleigh Nelson in lanes eight and seven will have it all to do to overhaul favourite Dafne Schippers of Netherlands in the middle of the picture.

  48. Post update

    No tears from Jo Pavey, but you can almost see she's soaking up every millisecond of the medal ceremony like a sponge.

    Well done, well done.

  49. Post update

    One British 10,000m champion is joined in by another in the centre of the stadium as Jo Pavey emerges into the drizzly evening to pick up the gold medal that she worked so hard for. Not just in last night's final, but across 17 years of top-level competition.

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    Paula Radcliffe

    Marathon world record holder and BBC Sport athletics expert

    Andy Vernon and Mo Farah

    "Andy Vernon's really struggled with a hamstring injury, and has had to go back to winter training sessions in the last few weeks to put the work in. He could have been even closer to Mo in the end."

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    Men's 10,000m final

    It was quite a telling celebration from Mo Farah. Not the inevitable Mo-bot once he was handed his flag and flowers, but his immediate reaction on crossing the line.

    The double Olympic and World champion swiped the air with a haymaker and roared with delight. It has been a difficult season and this race was the punchbag on which he got to take out his frustrations.

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    Men's 10,000m final

    Steve Cram

    BBC athletics commentator

    "A brilliant run from Andy Vernon to get the silver medal. What a performance. We expected Mo Farah to win, but we didn't expect a British one-two."

  53. Silver medal

    Andy Vernon (Great Britain) 10,000m

    Andy Vernon poses with the Union Jack wrapped around him and Mo Farah. It was a shrewd race from Vernon he had to work very hard after being forced wide by a couple of backmarkers at the start of the final lap.

  54. Gold medal

    Mo Farah (Great Britain) 10,000m

    Mo Farah

    It wasn't quite classic Mo, but he had enough. The Briton burns the final defences of the Turkish pair in the home straight and Andy Vernon comes on strong to dip in for silver ahead of Ali Kaya.

  55. Post update

    Men's 10,000m final

    Mo Farah is being chased hard by Arikan and Kaya. Inside the final 100m...

  56. Post update

    Men's 10,000m final

    Andy Vernon in fourth and Farah hits the bell in front. Here he goes...

  57. Post update

    Men's 10,000m final

    Mo Farah starting to twitch and strut at the front. Two laps to go and he is strapping on his jet pack. Stand back...

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    Men's 10,000m final

    Brendan Foster

    European 5,000m champion in 1974 and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "It hasn't been a hard race, it hasn't been a classic race. They're almost bowing to the superiority of Mo Farah. He's not had to exert himself or do anything special."

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    Men's 10,000m final

    Mo Farah immediately covers Bashir Abdi's move, overtaking him and taking the pace back down a notch. Three laps to go and Farah has been dictating terms to the rest all the way round.

  60. Post update

    Men's 10,000m final

    Belgium's Bashir Abdi decides to make a half-move, going to the front with four laps to go.

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    Men's 10,000m final

    Steve Cram

    BBC athletics commentator

    "We all know about the gap Mo has on the other athletes in terms of personal bests, but also when it comes to the last lap there's no-one who can run that lap within three seconds of Mo's best. He's just playing with them here."

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    Men's 10,000m final

    Mo Farah's team-mate Andy Vernon is still well set with five laps to go, settled in fifth.

    He is a real Alf Tupper figure. Stocky and strong in contrast with Farah's lithe style.

  63. Post update

    Men's 10,000m final

    If it does come down to a final 400m face-off then the main man who might contend with Mo Farah is France's tall, rangy Bouabdellah Tahri.

    Right now though it looks like Farah is toying with the rest like a cat with a kill. He looks in total control. Six laps to go.

  64. Post update

    Men's 10,000m final

    Mo Farah

    Someone is going to have to shake up the soda can because if this race continues like this, Mo Farah's kick is going to catch the rest of the field right in the chops.

    There doesn't seem to be many willing candidates. Ali Kaya and Polat Kemboi Arikan, the two Turkish athletes, are parked on the front, but have not pushed the pace to test the depth of Farah's preparation.

  65. Post update

    Men's 10,000m final

    Brendan Foster

    European 5,000m champion in 1974 and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "You'd bet that the second half will be quicker than 14.09 they passed the halfway point in. Mo looks great. He looks relaxed and content at this stage."

  66. Post update

    Men's 10,000m final

    Through halfway in 14:09.54 and Mo Farah, with that deceptively long stride, is still trotting along in about third gear. He is looking very loose and comfortable.

  67. Post update

    Men's 10,000m final

    Polat Kemboi Arikan's cheeky little dash off the front has been reeled in after 11 of 25 laps. He is back with the pack and whatever point he was trying to prove has come at the cost of some precious energy.

    Great Britain's Andy Vernon is well set in seventh as the chaff in the field is strung out the back.

  68. Post update

    Men's 10,000m final

    Brendan Foster

    European 5,000m champion in 1974 and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "If ever there was a chance to beat Mo Farah, then tonight's the night to take him on. There are medals available here tonight. You don't have to be a world-beater to get one, you might have to be a world-beater to beat Mo though."

  69. Post update

    Men's 10,000m final

    Athletes run in the 10,000m

    The defending champion is Turkey's Polat Kemboi Arikan and the first 3,000m have been marked by a bit of jousting between him and Mo Farah.

    Farah came from the back of the pack to shoot significant looks at Arikan at the front. Arikan responded by going hard off the front and opens up a gap of five seconds or so. Farah is tucked in in third keeping a watchful eye behind Arikan's team-mate Ali Kaya.

  70. Post update

    As Brendan Foster goes on to say, a fit and healthy Mo Farah would not be caused too much trouble by anyone in this field. We don't know if that is the version of Mo we are getting here though...

    So who might give him some strife?

    Belgium's Abdi Bashir is Somalia-born like Farah and leads the European rankings. He finished fourth in the last European Championships.

    Italy's Danielle Meucci was third in 2010 and second two years ago. Can he take the final step up?

  71. Post update

    Men's 100m semi-final

    Dwain Chambers on BBC Two after qualifying for the final later: "So this is 16 years after my first European final? You're making me feel old. I'm glad I've got myself there.

    "It's about trying to keep warm now, then coming out and producing. It's not going to be an easy task, I've just got to get out and do the best I can. They've given me a gold cover to keep warm. I hope they're not jumping the gun!

  72. Post update

    Men's 10,000m final

    Brendan Foster

    European 5,000m champion in 1974 and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "Mo's taking it easy in the first few laps, just having a jog around, relaxing into it and getting rid of the nerves. He'll soon be letting them know he's here. He's had a traumatic couple of months."

  73. Post update

    Men's 10,000m final

    Mo Farah

    Mo Farah pulls out the Mo-bot as his name is announced to the crowd, but it is a half-hearted effort. There is business to be done and medals to be won. He crouches for the gun and straight from the off has adopted his usual tactics of bouncing along at the back of the pack, getting his racing legs firing.

  74. Post update

    The experts give their view on Mo Farah

    Paula Radcliffe

    Marathon world record holder and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "You can't expect your body to be at maximum health all the time with all the stresses you're putting through it. It doesn't mean Mo's purple patch is over, he got ill and has had to play catch-up after missing some training. He's dealt with the illness scare and now what he needs to do is to get out there and win some races."

  75. Post update

    Mo Farah had started to look bulletproof.

    Challengers had taken pot shots at him over 5,000 and 10,000m at World Championships and Olympic Games, but none could stop the Briton's Scrooge McDuck-style gold gathering.

    It seemed a strained Mo-bot muscle was the greatest danger to his dominance.

    Mo Farah
  76. Post update

    Men's 10,000m final

    Mo Farah is going through some warm-up drills on the track, swaddled in a trackkie top. He gives a thumbs up to the crowd. It has been an up-and-down twelve months or so for the British living legend.

  77. Get involved


    Raymond Nortey: Harry Aikines Aryeetey is back with a Big Bang!!!!! Go on son.

    Steve Day: That's a sub 10 run in better conditions for Dasaolu, easy.

  78. Post update

    Men's 100m semi-finals

    Dwain Chambers

    Germany's Lucas Jakubczyk denies Great Britain a sixth successive win on the track, but, had it been a final, it might have been Britannia ruling again. Dwain Chambers, two hundredths behind in 10.25, looked like he was keeping a little powder dry for the final.

    That might be canny considering he is in the third and final semi-final with the least recovery time before the final.

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    Men's 100m semi-finals

    A little mosaic in the crowd greets the arrival of Swiss main man Pascal Mancini on the blocks. He is in lane three. British champion Dwain Chambers is in five.

  80. Get involved


    Gregory P: Are my maths right and British athletes have won the last five races on the track?

  81. Post update

    Not long until Mo

    Denise Lewis

    Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "Of course we'd love him to win. I just think that his interviews have been a bit downbeat of late, and a victory here would give him that little bit of confidence he seems to be lacking."

  82. Vote result

    We asked you to vote on whether Mo Farah would win 10,000m gold and a whopping 78% of you said "yes". That means 22% of you doubt the great man's chances...

    He is up next, following the third and final men's 100m semi-final.

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    Men's 100m semi-finals

    Colin Jackson

    Two-time world 110m hurdles champion and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "James Dasaolu put his foot down and pulled away from the field without them really noticing. He maintained his form well, he's in good shape and that was a comfortable 10.04."

  84. Post update

    Men's 100m semi-finals

    James Dasaolu

    James Dasaolu registered the slowest reaction time out of the blocks as well. If he nails the B of the bang he might just be unbeatable in the final.

  85. Dasaolu wins semi

    Men's 100m semi-finals

    Slap! That is a gauntlet laid down with relish. James Dasaolu was feathering the brakes in the final 10m and still clocked 10.04. Christophe Lemaitre was in second, but by a clear margin.

  86. Post update

    Men's 100m semi-finals

    Harry Aikines-Aryeety

    Harry Aikines-Aryeety on BBC Two: "I know I've got some good top end speed, and it was all about making sure I made it to the final. With all the delays you've got to deal with what's thrown at you. I warmed up two hours ago and maybe got a little stale before the race, so it's great to get through."

  87. Post update

    Men's 100m semi-finals

    The second semi-final looks a tastier affair than the first. Four men with sub-10 second PBs including Great Britain's James Dasaolu and French defending champion Christophe Lemaitre.

  88. Post update

    Men's 100m semi-finals

    Colin Jackson

    Two-time world 110m hurdles champion and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "Harry Aikines-Aryeety handled this field quite comfortably and he was cruising at the end. If he really wants a medal he must start better than that, but in the circumstances it was a good performance and he took control of the race at 60m. At that point he knew he had the race in the bag, but he had to claw his way through the field after that start."

  89. Post update

    Men's 100m semi-finals

    It is Romania's Catalin Cimpeanu who takes second behind Aikines-Aryeety with Nascimento and Reus in third and fourth and waiting on a fastest loser ticket to tonight's final.

  90. Aikines-Aryeetey wins semi

    Men's 100m semi-finals

    Aikines-Aryeetey stops the clock at 10.21 and that looked fairly comfortable for the flying breeze block once he got into his stride.

  91. Post update

    Men's 100m semi-finals

    Time for the big boys. And they don't come much bigger than Harry Aikines-Aryeety. The Briton's 100m semi-final is missing France's Jimmy Vicaut after the favourite withdrew earlier today through injury.

    HA-A's main rivals are likely to be Julian Reus of Germany and Yazaldes Nascimento of Portugal for two automatic spots in tonight's final.

  92. Post update

    Men's 400m semi-finals

    Matt Hudson-Smith

    Matt Hudson-Smith on BBC Two after winning his semi-final: "I got out this time which I'm actually quite proud of, because I was a bit nervous. This is all new to me, a real experience and I'm learning from it.

    "I've done exactly what I want to do so far. To get three of us in the final is great. A British one-two-three would be the dream but it's one step at a time."

  93. Post update

    Men's 400m semi-finals

    It turns out that Matt Hudson-Smith's chest poke can make up metres. The Briton actually managed to nick that second semi-final ahead of Jonathan Borlee.

    Three British winners in the semi-finals then. It will be civil war in the final at 17:50 BST on Friday.

  94. Post update

    Men's 400m semi-finals

    Martyn Rooney

    Martyn Rooney on BBC Two after winning his semi-final: "I knew that if I did the same as yesterday it'd be enough. I reacted to the challenge from the other athletes so I'm happy.

    "For me, the Europeans are bigger than the Commonwealths on a global scene for this event and I hope I can have a good day's rest tomorrow and come back and do a better job."

  95. Post update

    Men's 400m semi-finals

    Matt Hudson-Smith, as in Glasgow a few days ago, does just enough, poking his chest out to make sure of second behind Belgium's Jonathan Borlee.

  96. Post update

    Men's 400m semi-finals

    Matt Hudson-Smith has been solid and steady around the first 200m...

  97. Post update

    Men's 400m semi-finals

    Two out of three ain't bad sang Meatloaf.

    I'm not sure were the big-boned soft rock totem stands on three out of three.

    That is what Team GB are going for now. Great Britain's Matt Hudson-Smith, who anchored England to 4x400m relay gold at the Commonwealth Games, is going in the third and final semi-final.

  98. Post update

    Men's 400m semi-finals

    Steve Cram

    BBC athletics commentator

    "That looked really good from Martyn Rooney. They came by him but he didn't panic because he knows he's good in the home straight. A very good performance. Some of the big threats have gone out as well so that's an added bonus for the British athletes.

    "Now all of a sudden he's in with a chance of a medal and the pressure will build."

  99. Post update

    Men's 400m semi-finals

    A stroll in the park for Martyn Rooney who comes off the final bend still loose and lithe and finishes a clear couple of metres clear of the rest in 45.40. Samuel Garcia of Spain takes second and the times in that semi-final mean that 2010 champion Kevin Borlee's hopes of regaining his title are toast.

  100. Post update

    Men's 400m semi-finals

    Conrad Williams

    Conrad Williams on BBC Two: "I tried to make it look as comfortable as possible. The field was quite loaded but I love running in championships and I'm just glad I'm in the final.

    "I relaxed coming into the home straight and kept my focus. I knew that as long as I was in the top two I'd be in the final. With the relay as well I've got a tough week with five races, but I've got a good team behind me and as athletes we're treated really well. "

  101. Post update

    Men's 400m semi-finals

    Great Britain's Martyn Rooney crosses his fingers and winks behind his shades. Richard Morrisey of Ireland, who is the spit of 90's QPR striker and sometime house DJ Danny Dichio, is also in the field of the second semi-final.

  102. Post update

    They had been canned for the evening in an effort to squeeze everything in, but the victory and medal ceremonies are now back on.

    Jo Pavey will get her medal tonight at around 19:48 BST. A very precise, approximate time, I grant you.

  103. Post update

    Men's 400m semi-finals

    A strange old semi-final. Conrad Williams wins from well out wide as Kevin Borlee goes into the red in the final 50m. His winning time is nothing special - 45.85- but that is the least of his concerns as he beats his fist against his chest and books in for another lap of the track.

  104. Post update

    Men's 400m semi-finals

    Before Chambers and his rivals strut onto the track, we have the men's 400m semi-finals. Great Britain's Conrad Williams has Belgium's Kevin Borlee to contend with in the first.

  105. Post update

    The oldest dog in the British 100m pound is Dwain Chambers. A European silver medallist 16 years ago, he has been telling BBC chief sports writer Tom Fordyce about his more mature approach with 36 years on the clock..

    "I just want to try to do the best I can in every opportunity I have left. I'm not going to have many. It's more precious now. The clock's ticking," he said.

    "To me it doesn't matter if I win it. I just want to get on the podium. Again. If I can win it that's even better..

  106. Post update

    Women's 400m semi-finals

    Steve Cram

    BBC athletics commentator

    Christine Ohuruogu

    "I still think Christine Ohuruogu has a good chance in the final. There are some decent athletes she's up against, but they're not in her class. She can rest up and go again on Friday."

  107. Post update

    Women's 400m semi-finals

    Right, as Ukraine's Olha Zemlyak wins the second semi-final in a punchy 51.24 seconds it is time to turn our attention to the men's 100m semi-finals.

  108. Post update

    Women's 100m semi-finals

    Asha Philip

    Great Britain's Asha Philip on BBC Two after missing out on a place in the final: "I'm disappointed, it wasn't a good race, I got out but it was a bit sticky. It's all about qualifying for the final, and to have three of us in there would have been great."

  109. Post update

    Women's 100m semi-finals

    Bad news for Asha Philip trickling back from the officials' office.

    She has been edged out of the fastest loser spot for tonight's final with France's Celine Distel-Bonnet making it in her place...

  110. Post update

    Women's 400m semi-final

    Christine Ohuruogu on BBC Twoafter finishing second in her semi: "That was a surprise. I felt really tired and I haven't really got my race fitness.

    "I ran well yesterday and poorly today. I'm surprised but I'll have to take it. You don't really think about the delays, it's just one of those things. It's good to have a day off now, in terms of my fitness I think I need it. I'll rest up and come back on Friday."

  111. Post update

    Women's 400m semi-finals

    Steve Cram

    BBC athletics commentator

    "A shake of the head, Christine knows that wasn't as good as her usual high standards. She had some work to do and there wasn't a surge at the end, it was more the case that some of the others were going backwards.

    "She was concerned and had to lean at the finish. She did enough to qualify but that shake of the head tells you everything. I don't know whether the delays haven't helped her, we saw her helping to move the debris at the training track earlier, maybe that used up some of her energy."

  112. Post update

    Women's 400m semi-finals

    Scrap that. There were three automatic places for the final, but still it was not a convincing show from Christine Ohuruogu. Fourth-place Natalia Pyhyda was ahead of her at 350m and only 0.14 seconds behind her on the finishline.

  113. Post update

    Women's 400m semi-finals

    Well, let's hope she conserved energy at least. Spain's Indira Terrero is well clear and Christine Ohuruogu only just does enough to get the second automatic ticket to the final, taking second 0.02 seconds ahead of Poland's Malgorzata Holub.

  114. Post update

    Women's 400m semi-finals

    Christine Ohuruogu has work to do....

  115. Post update

    Women's 400m semi-finals

    British reigning world champion Christine Ohuruogu takes aim at the 400m final in the next event on track. They are away cleanly...

  116. Get involved

    #bbceurochamps - your sporting weather nightmares

    Steve Cranshaw: "Sunday League football when I was 13. It was that cold an ambulance had to be called to treat one of the players." #bbceurochamps

    Chris Dales: "The RideLondon Surrey 100 last Sunday. Four hours cycling in what can only be described as Biblical storms and flooding." #bbceurochamps

    Zoe Hawken: "Raining so hard we couldn't see the targets during an archery comp! #bbceurochamps. All my kit went mouldy afterwards!"

  117. Post update

    Women's 100m semi-finals

    Calculators and set squares out. This one is down to the thousandths of a second and a handful of millimetres.

    Asha Philip has clocked 11.24 seconds, but so has France's Celine Distel-Bonnet from heat two. Officials are trying to split them on a photo. Paper, scissors, stone, best of three?

  118. Post update

    There is no doubt about the winner. Ivet Lalova take the semi-final in 11.15, but it is a crowd scene on the line behind her.

    Switzerland's Mujinga Kambundji gets the nod for second in 11.20 with Philip fourth in 11.24. Will that be good enough for a fastest loser spot?

  119. Post update

    Women's 100m semi-finals

    Desiree Henry

    Britain's Desiree Henry on BBC Two after reaching the women's 100m final: "I can't believe it. I just had a relaxed approach and I was determined to enjoy it. Dafne Schippers, we're virtually training partners and she's always encouraging me. I'll get ready for the final now, I can't wait."

  120. Post update

    It's close.... Asha Philip is looking up at the screen awaiting the verdict...

  121. Post update

    Two out of three for Great Britain's 100m specialists. Can Asha Philip, a former junior world champion, make it a full house? She is up next and will try and see off Bulgaria's Ivet Lalova and Germany's Verena Sailer.

  122. Post update

    Women's 100m semi-finals

    Colin Jackson

    Two-time world 110m hurdles champion and BBC Sport athletics expert

    On Henry's impressive display: "You're young and inexperienced and up against some of the best sprinters in the world, and then after a great display, all of a sudden you throw yourself into a major final."

  123. Post update

    Women's 100m semi-finals

    Dafne Schippers

    The wind has made its first cameo in tonight's track action. The lane markers started migrating behind the athletes as they settled into their blocks before the start of that second semi-final. The starter kept his calm and set them running rather than re-setting the race.

    Dafne Schippers gives Desiree Henry a high five to celebrate their qualification.

  124. Post update

    Women's 100m semi-finals

    Yes, she can! Desiree Henry claims second behind Dafne Schippers and will have another run at the Dutchwoman in tonight's final.

  125. Post update

    Women's 100m semi-finals

    Right, can team-mate Desiree Henry, who clocked a PB of 11.21 in the heats, follow Ashleigh Nelson into the final? The 18-year-old will be up against it with German champion Tatjana Lofamakanda Pinto and flying Dutchwoman Dafne Schippers either side of her.

  126. Post update

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer in Zurich

    "Before we get to the men's 100m semis - and with every gust of wind and big-name withdrawal, the experience of Dwain Chambers could prove more critical - Britain's women sprinters are looking to continue their impressive summer.

    "All of them are on the up - 18-year-old Desiree Henry, who was one of the seven young athletes who lit the Olympic cauldron at London 2012; 23-year-old Ashleigh Nelson, with a new PB in the heats; and then Asha Philip, even if her former sideline in trampolining is now on long-term hold."

  127. Vote

    Will Mo Farah win gold in the 10,000m tonight?

    Now's your time to tell us via the Yes or No buttons on this page. Let's see those fingers...

  128. Post update

    Women's 100m semi-finals

    Myriam Soumare and Ashleigh Nelson

    Nelson's raking stride carries her safe and secure into tonight's final. She is second behind France's Myriam Soumare in a swift 11.23 into a headwind of 1.9m/s.

  129. Post update

    Time for the women's 100m semi-finals. Great Britain's Ashleigh Nelson ran a new personal best of 11.19 second in Tuesday's heats and is up in the first....

  130. Get involved


    Georgia Gillard: "They should do the long jump in this wind. They could get some insane distances."

    Brian Whittle: "Scotland gets a hard time for the weather but we didn't have to delay the Commonwealth Games like they have in Zurich."

    Shereen Clarke: "Just seen a replay of the 10k race last night #bbceurochamps. Bow down to a true champ @jopavey. What an athlete."

  131. Post update

    The experts give their view on Mo Farah

    Steve Cram

    BBC athletics commentator

    "When you become a world star at his level, you've got commercial decisions to make and decisions as to how you organise your life away from the track.

    "At times Mo Farah lost his way a little bit and that experiment with the marathon has helped him underline that the track is where he wants to be. This is where it all started for him.

    "He says he's not finished with the marathon 100 per cent, and that he'd like to revisit it after Rio. The track is where he feels he wants to focus his attentions for the next couple of years."

  132. Post update

    Mo Farah is prancing around the practice track with a Cheshire Cat grin, chatting to his a couple of his rivals.

    We are expecting his final to get under way at about 19:30 BST, but there is a large pinch of salt.

  133. Post update

    Niall Flannery

    Niall Flannery wasn't in it at 200m, wasn't in it at 300m and....still wasn't in it at 400m. A distant sixth.

    Rasmus Magi wins at a canter in a time of 48.54. Russia Timofey Chalyy is second in 48.69.

    It is curtains for Thomas Barr of Ireland as well.

    In a fast heat Felix Franz of Germany and Oskari Moro hoover up the two fastest loser spots.

  134. Post update

    The third semi-final contains Great Britain's best hope of making the 400m hurdles final. National champion Niall Flannery won his heat in some style, but his reward was a semi crammed with white-hot opposition. Europe's number one, Estonian Rasmus Magi and Belgium's Michael Bultheel will be after him.

  135. Post update

    Kariem Hussein

    A very popular win for Switzerland's Kariem Hussein who is cheered to the rafters by the locals. Plenty of Swiss flags in evidence. The only square national flag in the world I believe. Correct me if I'm wrong.

    Serbia's Emir Bekric takes second, a dip ahead of Ireland's Thomas Barr. Barr clocks 49.30 which has him in the second and final fastest loser spot, nudging out Sebastian Rodger from the first semi.

    Tom Burton is fifth and out in a time of 50.47.

  136. Post update

    The second of the 400m hurdles semi-finals is being announced to the crowd. Great Britain's Tom Burton is the last name to be read out, stationed on the outside in lane eight.

    The man to look out for may be Ireland's engineering student Thomas Barr who won his heat in impressive style.

  137. Post update

    The first decathletes have taken to the skies in the pole vault. Everyone has fallen safely out of the swirling gusts and back on the matt.

    Great Britain's Ashley Bryant who struggled on the first day of competition, after competing in the Commonwealth Games just a few days before, has already dropped out of the event.

  138. Post update

    Sebastian Rodger comes home fourth and will be waiting on one of two fastest loser places in the final. It doesn't look good for him.

    Russia's Denis Kudryavtsev wins in 49.09 seconds with Germany's Varg Konigsmark second in a personal best of 49.12 seconds.

  139. Post update

    Right, nearly an hour later than advertised, our first track event of the evening is ready for the off.

    In the first of three 400m hurdles semi-final, Great Britain are represented by Sebastian Rodger. Denis Kudryavtsev and Varg Konigsmark are likely to be his strongest rivals for the two automatic qualifying spots.

  140. Post update

    Jimmy Vicaut

    While we are waiting for the off, let me bring you news of events earlier today.

    The big news was that France's Jimmy Vicaut, the only man in the field to have gone sub-10 this season and one of the favourites for the men's 100m final tonight, has pulled out with a thigh injury that brings his season to an end.

    Sophie Hitchon of Great Britain also bid farewell to the Championships having failed to qualify for the hammer final.

  141. Post update

    Mr Magyar says that he still hopes to bring the evening programme to a close on time. It seems unlikely, but when a Swiss man talks timetables, who am I to start disagreeing?

  142. Post update

    More on the winds

    Patrick Magyar, CEO of the European Athletics Championships: "We have a procedure in place for such a moment like this, and we considered there was a danger to the athletes because of the wind.

    "We decided to postpone the competition by 30 minutes, so we should start imminently now and we'll try to squeeze it all in. The wind shouldn't pick up, it should slowly drop over the next hour and a half. We hope the 100m final will take place on the time, that's the last event of the day and hopefully we will have caught up by then. It's a tremendous challenge for the officials.

    "The higher up you are, the more wind gusts you feel and we have had a couple of panels blown away behind the stadium. The wind speed was up to 90kmph and we can't put anyone at risk."

  143. Post update

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer in Zurich

    "The wind may just be dying down a little - officials are now raising the supports for the pole vault and taking the plastic tarp off the mat. Either that or the supports have just blown over, and the mat blown off. Let's go with the former."

  144. Post update

    The pole vault mat has been peeled back. I'm not sure that the decathletes due to take part in that will be full of enthusiasm with the wind still whipping about, but we are still on target for a 17:30 BST start.

  145. Post update

    As if to underline Denise Lewis's point, we have seen a clip of gazebo shelter cartwheeling across the practice track sending Christine Ohuruogu, among others, scurrying for cover.

    Lucky Cooly the Cow, official mascot of the event, is on hand to lighten the mood. Nothing gets that fella down. Except maybe a dose of foot and mouth.

    Cooly the Cow
  146. Post update

    Denise Lewis

    Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and BBC Sport athletics expert

    On the weather conditions in Zurich: "It doesn't feel safe. We're sitting up here and having to wince. It looks quite dangerous out there, it may be delayed further."

    "A delay like this disrupts everybody, especially the athletes. They've timed their warm-up to perfection and are ready to go. But you saw how dangerous it can be there with what happened on the warm-up track."

  147. Post update

    Taking Gabby Logan's hair as a barometer, it is only getting blowier out in Zurich. So far though, we are still expecting to get under way at 17:30 BST. The people filing into their seats certainly seem to be working to that schedule.

    The revised timetable is as follows:

    19:05 BST: Great Britain's Mo Farah in the 10,000m final

    19:45 BST: Women's 100m final (probably) featuring the modern-day flying Dutchwomen, Fanny Blankers-Koen reborn, Dafne Schippers.

    20:10 BST: Women's 100m hurdles final featuring former GB captain Tiffany Porter and French rival Cindy Billaud.

    20:15 BST: Men's 100m final featuring an Anglo-French Battle Royale with Brits James Dasaolu and Dwain Chambers looking to upset Jimmy Vicaut and Christophe Lemaitre.

  148. Post update

    Britain's 10,000m champion Jo Pavey on BBC Two: "I feel like I can really enjoy my running. I wish a long time ago I'd realised that by keeping busy it would help me. When I finally have a chance to rest-up before a big race, I feel as though I really benefit from it. At one stage, I was down the track running the most horrendously slow times but I kept plugging away at it.

    "I feel fortunate to be on the team with the young athletes, we're all encouraging each other and it's still fun to be part of it at this stage."

  149. Post update

    There is something about Pavey's story that has struck a chord back home. She features on the front....

    The Times front page

    ...and back pages of many of the papers this morning, as well as getting Twitter love from the likes of Jessica Ennis-Hill and Dai Greene.

    Daily Express
  150. Post update

    Jo Pavey

    In her post-race interview, Pavey came across like a Sunday morning plodder as she claimed that she was worried because 10,000m "felt like a long way".

    She has been a little bit more bullish this morning, telling BBC Radio 5 live that she fully believes that a bid for an Olympic medal at Rio 2016, when she will be 42, is an option for her.

  151. Crazy Pavey

    Jo Pavey

    'Tough' doesn't automatically equate to moody. It isn't always sullen, scarred stares down the camera. It doesn't have to mean muscles and machismo.

    Jo Pavey's iron will is hidden behind the hustle and bustle of the school run, under a pile of nappies, in amid a packed family diary. The 40-year-old mother-of-two won her first championship gold in last night's 10,000m final with a run as gritty as sandpaper.

    If you haven't seen it yet, you really ought to.

  152. Post update

    There will be another inspection of conditions at 17:00 BST so we should have an update, for better or worse, fairly soon.

    In the world of television, this is where the director usually reaches for the emergency Last of the Summer Wine reel.

    Cast of the last of the summer wine

    But On BBC Two they have sensibly gone for a review of last night's action...

  153. Post update

    Steve Backley

    Four-time European champion and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "The meeting that Paula mentions, I was competing in it in the javelin and I was in the lead when the wind whipped up and the high jump mat came flying across. To be honest, I was quite happy, because it was straight into our faces and it meant no-one could catch me for the rest of the competition."

  154. Post update

    Paula Radcliffe

    Marathon world record holder and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "It's not the first time it's happened. Back in 1989, I think it was in Zurich, the wind was so strong, it blew the high jump mat into the middle of the 1500m race."

  155. Post update

    Denise Lewis

    Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "A delay is the last thing the athletes need. It's not easy having to hang around, knowing when to warm up, when to start your preparations, but they just have to deal with it."

    "I've never witnessed anything like this. Normally, delays are because of rain but this time it's wind. It's incredible."

  156. Post update

    Instead, up in the BBC commentary box, discussion is centred on which event is most treacherous in high wind (pole vault it turns out) and who has the most wind resistant hairdo (Denise Lewis by unanimous vote).

    It is blowing a hooley out in the the Swiss capital and the action has been suspended until at least 17:30 BST to keep athletes and spectators safe.

    The man below is bringing in a flag rather than clinging to the roof for dear life after being picked up by a twister.

    Man bringing in a flag at the European Championships

    But it is not far off that.

  157. Strong winds delay start of session

    Right about now the decathlon field should be flexing off their javelin-throwing arms in the middle of the Letzigrund Stadium, Britain's Sebastian Rodger should be lining up in lane three for the first of three 400m hurdles semi-finals and the crowd should be shuffling into position for the start of the second evening's action at the European Championships.

    None of the above is true.