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Aimee Lewis

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    That's it from us for this evening. Not quite the gold rush of wonderful Wednesday, but a silver medal is not to be sniffed at. There will be more athletics on Friday and it's a biggie with 10 gold medals up for grabs and there could, just could, be a host of British winners. Adam Gemili in the men's 200m perhaps? Martyn Rooney or Matthew Hudson-Smith in the men's 400m perhaps? Christine Ohuruogu in the women's 400m final perhaps? She couldn't? Could she?

  2. Post update

    More from European silver medallist Will Sharman: "Going into this I was bronze medal hopeful but the good thing is that we've been working on improving my absolute time so that if I do make a mistake in the final I can still come away with a medal.

    "I am taking it down all the time and I think there's still more to come. On the start line I was quite tired, having done a personal best not long before, and I wanted just one more effort. When you're drained and the chips are down you have to produce your best result and I almost did."

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    Will Sharman

    Will Sharman speaking to BBC Sport after winning silver in the 110m hurdles: "I kind of got away with it when I slapped the hurdle with the trailing leg but that exposed the next hurdle which I hit with my lead. It's mixed emotions because I knew I was in the lead, I knew where Shubenkov is good and I knew where I was stronger and I didn't expect to be in the lead in the middle section. I could have done more and that's why I was gutted."

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    Ian Bradley: All credit to Will Sharman for fighting back for silver after belting two hurdles. His time will come.

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    Lawrence Clarke speaking to BBC Sport after withdrawing from the final of the 110m hurdles: "In the warm-up for the final I strained my hamstring slightly and if I ran it would tear so I had to walk away.

    "That was a very scrappy final and if I hadn't had the injuries I had last year I could have been there, but hopefully I can be back for the World Championships next year."

  6. Clarke injures hamstring

    Lawrence Clarke explains he tweaked a hamstring during the warm-up and was advised not to race in the 110m hurdles final.

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    Pre-race favourite Pascal Martinot-Lagarde ends the evening without a medal, pushed into fourth spot by his compatriot Dimitri Bascou who clocks 13.28sec for bronze.

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    Colin Jackson

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

    Will Sharman (right)

    "It's terribly frustrating. Sharman did have that race and we knew Shubenkov was going to get out strong. He had to stay calm and relaxed and one of his massive assets is that he usually keeps it perfectly under control at the back end of the race.

    "Shubenkov ran the cleanest race, virtually no mistakes. Will's a silver medallist but he will look back on this season and think he could be a champion twice."

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    Allison Curbishley

    BBC Sport athletics expert on Radio 5 live

    "William Sharman had that won and knew that but he smashed the seventh hurdle and it threw his rhythm. He got out of the blocks like a bullet and was hurdling beautifully but as soon as he hit it he lost momentum."

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    Steve Cram

    BBC athletics commentator

    "It was like nobody wanted to win that. They were all hitting hurdles and then Sergey Shubenkov was probably the only one that ran a clean enough race to get there.

    "He seems happy enough but surely Will thinks he could have won that."

  11. Post update

    Will Sharman

    Sharman was shaking his head on the finishing line, an opportunity missed once more, and he's still asking his camp what his position was. He quickly learns he's won silver and so, smiling, collects an Union flag.

  12. Gold medal

    Shubenkov defends 110m hurdles title

    Sergey Shubenkov of Russia celebrates

    Will Sharman looked set for gold halfway through the race after a brilliant start, but his trail leg clattered into the seventh barrier and Sergey Shubenkov overtook him to defend his European title. A silver for Sharman.

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    Colin Jackson

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

    "Will Sharman has got to focus on his strengths. It doesn't matter if Sergey Shubenkov gets away from him at the third or fourth hurdle.

    "If he doesn't chase them and just enjoys what's happening he's in with a good chance of getting one of the serious medals."

  14. Men's 110m hurdles final

    The hurdles are all in place, the finalists have finished their warm-ups and are being introduced to the crowd. Can Will Sharman upset the odds and beat Pascal Martinot-Lagarde? Lawrence Clarke, though, does not start. The Briton is not on the start line.

  15. Gold medal

    Spotakova becomes European javelin champion

    Barbora Spotakova of Czech Republic celebrates

    Germany's Linda Stahl has the last throw of the competition, but she can't beat Barbora Spotakova's 64.41m effort so the Olympic champion becomes the European champion and the 33-year-old Czech celebrates by running towards her family.

  16. Women's javelin final

    We have movement! The leaderboard, at long last, has changed! Exciting times ahead. Two-time Olympic champion Barbora Spotakova sails into top spot with a 64.41m fifth throw. Serbia's Tatjana Jelaca creeps into second spot thanks to a 64.21m effort while Linda Stahl is third.

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    Allison Curbishley

    BBC Sport athletics expert on Radio 5 live

    "Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad just finds a way to make people hate him even more. He's got history and he just winds people up. Taking off his vest, swinging it around his head and taking the last hurdle was just out of order."

  18. Spain protest against France gold

    Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad

    The breaking news is that Spain have issued a protest against Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad after the Frenchman removed his vest while sauntering down the home straight towards steeplechase victory. Spain's Angel Mullera would be promoted to third should the Frenchman be booted out.

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    Steve Backley

    Four-time European champion and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "Goldie Sayers is very close to that line but bailing out too quickly. She's capable but Goldie will need to improve on that third-round throw.

    "The problem is in the run-up. She's got to move it back."

  20. Women's javelin final

    Goldie Sayers has been unable to improve on her third-round throw of 58.33m. No-one has really made any great strides as the competition has progressed, with Linda Stahl still leading thanks to her first-time 63.91m throw.

  21. Gold medal

    France's Compaore secures triple jump gold

    Benjamin Compaore

    Benjamin Compaore closes his eyes nods his head once he realises he's become the European triple jump champion. The 27-year-old Frenchman killed off the competition with a first-time leap of 17.46m. A second gold of the evening for France. Allez!

    Russia's Lyukman Adams (17.09m) was some distance behind in second, while his team-mate Aleksey Fyodorov (17.04m) takes bronze.

  22. Gold medal

    Russia's Sidorova wins pole vault gold

    Anzhelika Sidorova

    Russia's Anzhelika Sidorova becomes the European pole vault champion thanks to a 4.65m vault with her final attempt. Greece's Ekaterini Stefanidi, Europe's leading pole vaulter ahead of this competition, takes silver with Russia's Angelina Zhuk-Krasnova third.

  23. Women's javelin final

    Britain's Goldie Sayers moves up to eighth with a 58.33m third throw. Germany's Linda Stahl remains in the lead, her first throw of 63.91m proving to be enough for now at least. Czech Republic's Barbaora Spotakova has been unable to improve on her first throw of 62.86m.

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    British 200m sprinter James Ellington: Great seeing Brits in the crowd supporting tonight. Schoolboy error giving up at line cost me a place in the final. On to the relay.

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    British triple jumper Nathan Douglas: Seems that Compaore has killed everyone with that first round leap which can happen, makes others start forcing it.

  26. Men's triple jump final

    France's Benjamin Compaore has set the standard in the men's triple jump final with a leap of 17.46m. He has three attempts remaining. Russia's Lyukman Adams is second with a 17.09m jump.

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    Three-time European 3000m steeplechase champion Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad has previous, of course: punching a team-mate and attacking a mascot. He's one of life's characters.

    BBC Sport's Tom Fordyce: To be fair to Mekhissi-Benabbad, who can honestly hold their hand up and say they've never attacked a mascot/punched team-mate/won topless?

    Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad

    Jon Mulkeen: Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad's highlight reel

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    Steve Backley

    Four-time European champion and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "That's now what we want to see. She looked committed on the floor and it looked good from the back. She said she's in great shape but it's a disappointing start for Goldie Sayers.

    "The javelin throwers are struggling tonight."

  29. Women's javelin final

    A groan from Goldie Sayers as she lets the javelin fly, but she steps over the white line and the red flag is waved. It wasn't one of the British champion's better throws. Rip it up and start again.

  30. Women's javelin final

    A first throw of 55.81m for Britain's Goldie Sayers in the women's javelin final, which puts her in 12th place. Germany's Linda Stahl leads the way with a 63.91m first attempt.

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    Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad of France

    Mark Patterson: I don't know why people are annoyed? That's hilarious from the French steeplechaser to bring attention to the sport.

  32. Ellington misses out on 200m final

    It's bad news for James Ellington as he doesn't make the cut as fastest loser for the men's 200m final. The Briton and Karol Zalewski both clocked 20.52sec in the semi-finals so it needed a thousandths of a second to separate the pair and it's the Pole who gets the nod.

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    Paula Radcliffe

    Marathon world record holder and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad has done crazy things before and we know he's got into fights with mascots and had a full-on fist-fight with his team-mate. He's been awarded a yellow card, he's got away with a warning and he's lucky."

  34. Post update

    Steve Cram suggests Mekhissi-Benabbad could be disqualified for removing his vest while 40m from the line but it turns out to be just a yellow card. Lucky boy. The Frenchman has his national flag draped over his shoulders and is embarking on a lap of honour without a care in the world.

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    Brendan Foster

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

    "It's a yellow card in football and let's hope it's the same here for Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad. He was being silly and exuberant. He's a controversial figure but he's a great runner."

  36. Mekhissi-Benabbad wins men's 3000m steeplechase

    ahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad

    The final bell rings and pre-race favourite Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad comfortably leads but, hey, what's going on? He removes his vest down the home straight and places it in his mouth, waving at the crowd in the process.

    The Frenchman wins at a canter - and also tugs his shorts as he crosses the finishing line. Oh, please, no, not the Full Monty on live television. No-one's ready for this...

  37. Men's 3000m steeplechase

    Officials are still deliberating over whether James Ellington has reached the men's 200m final so, in the meantime, I shall just tell you that the men's 3000m steeplechase is under way. There are no Brits competing. The man to keep an eye on is two-time European champion Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad whose best is over 10 seconds faster than anyone else in the field.

  38. Post update

    Steve Backley

    Four-time European champion and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "It's a world-class field in the final of the women's javelin. Barbora Spotakova is the Olympic champion. She's had a baby but she's back and throwing well and Linda Stahl is also very strong.

    "There are four 66m-plus throwers. Goldie is that at her best but that was two years ago and she's had a lot of injures since. She's got to let rip tonight and hopefully give it her very best."

  39. Women's javelin final

    Sayers reached the final with her first and only throw, but faces a tough task this evening against big-hitting big-throwers. The 2010 European champion Linda Stahl is number one in Europe this season with a best throw of 67.32m. Two-time Olympic champion Barbora Spotakova will also fancy her chances as she has recorded three of the five best five distances this year.

  40. Women's javelin final

    The women's javelin final starts soon and will feature Britain's captain Goldie Sayers. The last two years has been one of surgery and misfortune for the 31-year-old, whose London 2012 was ruined because of injury. Will it be a dream return for the Briton in her comeback year?

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    Allison Curbishley

    BBC Sport athletics expert on Radio 5 live

    "It's difficult when you have back-to-back championships. Athletes have to come here and deliver because there's funding at stake, but athletes who impressed in Glasgow have come here and prepared themselves mentally and physically. The other nations have only had the Europeans as their focus all year. I think that's credit to the British team that they have been winning medals."

  42. Questions for Denise Lewis

    Denise Lewis

    Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and BBC Sport athletics panellist Denise Lewis will be answering your questions on Friday ahead of a big weekend of action.

    Who are the future stars of GB athetics? What does it take to become an Olympic champion?

    We want to hear from you. Leave us your questions for Denise by commenting on the BBC Sport Facebook page and find out what she says at 16:30 BST on Friday.

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    Adam Gemili speaking to BBC Sport after winning his 200m semi-final: "It takes you by surprise how quickly you are winning. It's a very good track but championship running is about saving energy. I slowed down and I've got more to show.

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

    "Everyone in the final is a competitor. Myself and Christophe are the quickest qualifying but I'll go out there and run my hardest."

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    Colin Jackson

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

    Adam Gemili

    "Adam Gemili was dominant from the beginning and ran a strong and accurate bend. He pulls himself away from the field, there wasn't an ounce of tension in his face and he's just able to relax.

    "At the moment it's in his favour because Lemaitre isn't running good bends and that will make a difference in the final."

  45. Post update

    Will James Ellington be in the final? Nervy times as Ellington and Poland's Karol Zalewski, both vying for that final qualifying spot, clocked 20.52sec. The calculators are out. We will let you know once a decision has been made.

  46. Post update

    Darren Campbell

    BBC Sport athletics expert on Radio 5 live

    "Adam Gemili looked very comfortable. It won't be easy in the final but with that performance you have to say he looks like the favourite because Christophe Lemaitre is tired. He will have to run a good bend and put Lemaitre under pressure but I think he will take the title if he comes out of the bend in the lead."

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    Danny Talbot speaking to BBC Sport after finishing sixth in his 200m semi-final: "It wasn't a great race. I don't like to make excuses but I haven't really been able to train after the Commonwealth Games. I picked up a little illness and it's taken it out of me. I'm not in the shape I was two weeks ago."

  48. Post update

    Denise Lewis

    Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "Who are we to criticise an athlete in supreme form? It was a look of almost disbelief that he is running so quickly and able to shut it down after 150m. It's supreme running, a great piece of sprinting from Adam Gemili.

    "He's still learning how to run the 200m and he just seems to be displaying such confidence and condition. The head to head between him and Lemaitre will be a great one."

  49. Gemili wins 200m semi-final

    Adam Gemili

    Confident. Intimidating. Impressive. Adam Gemili looks around at his surroundings with about 50m remaining and eases off to win in 20.23 sec. The Briton is through to the final but his team-mate Danny Talbot isn't as he can only finish sixth in 20.62 sec.

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    James Ellington speaking to BBC Sport after missing out on an automatic place in the 200m final: "I put myself in a good position but lost it myself. I dropped my hips when I came off the bend and I should have carried on doing what I was doing. I was trying to hold back a little bit and I wish I had pushed off a little bit more."

  51. Post update

    Denise Lewis

    Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "James Ellington ran a superb bend. You see him in the relay running that third leg and I was thinking 'just stay relaxed' but he seemed to go backwards and that's the weakest part of his race.

    "He trains hard and he's working hard, but it's just not happening when he needs it. He was so annoyed with himself because he knows he had a chance there."

  52. Lemaitre wins 200m semi-final

    James Ellington (left)

    James Ellington a smidgeon ahead of Christophe Lemaitre coming out of the bend, but the Frenchman closes him down and bursts through to win in 20.26sec. Ellington finishes fifth, which probably won't be enough to qualify (although the two fastest qualifiers will progress so there is hope).

    Also through are Ukraine's Serhiy Smelyk (20.32sec) and Italy's Diego Marani (20.36sec).

  53. Men's 200m semi-finals

    Right then. Fast-twitch muscles are what's in order because the men's 200m semi-finals are about to start. Britain's James Ellington, looking nerveless as he is introduced to the crowd, is in the first heat, along with one of the favourites for gold Christophe Lemaitre. Ready? Set?

  54. Post update

    Colin Jackson

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

    "In the javelin we went from Dave Ottley in 1984 to Mick Hill and Steve Backley we need the heavy boys to come in. They're all going to rugby now and we need them back."

  55. Post update

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Just a quick reminder, coverage is due to start on BBC Radio 5 live with Jonathan Edwards.

    Qualification for the men's javelin final has finished and Antti Ruuskanen topped the standings with a 83.76m throw. Three Finns are through to the final and there was some slapstick during the competition, too, as Kim Amb's javelin arrowed his javelin into the 75m sign. Japes.

  56. Post update

    Tiffany Porter receives her hurdles gold medal

    Lord Sebastian Coe is standing near the podium, psyching himself up to present the medals to the top three finishers in the women's 100m hurdles. He does a marvellous job - a kiss on both cheeks, a bouquet and a beaming smile. Up steps Tiffany Porter and the European Champion has a floodlit smile.

  57. Post update

    Jodie Williams

    Jodie Williams speaking to BBC Sport after winning her 200m semi-final: "I just did as much as I needed to do. In the rounds, it's about conserving the energy. I really like the track so let's see tomorrow.

    "Dafne Schippers is an amazing athlete but anyone's beatable and I'm going to be on that line wanting to win. Three Brits in the final, I can't complain."

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    David White: British women's sprinting is really going through a purple patch....go Jodie Williams.

    Yvonne Holden: Loving this - three, yes three British girls in the 200m final.

    Andrew in Streatham: My advice to Bianca is to go and sleep if she does not have any events tonight. Rest the body.

  59. Post update

    Denise Lewis

    Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "The British women just make this all look so easy, like they're meant to be here. Jodie Williams is still only 20 but she's running like a champion.

    "The work she's done over 400m has increased that speed endurance and it's paying dividends in these championships. She's gone into a different stratosphere with her sprinting."

  60. Jodie Williams eases into 200m final

    Jodie Williams

    Such is Jodie Williams lead after a superb bend, she can ease off the throttle with 30m remaining and still effortlessly win. The 20-year-old is through to the final with a time of 22.90 sec. Second was Jamile Samuel (23.18 sec) of the Netherlands.

  61. Post update

    Bianca Williams speaking to BBC Sport after reaching the women's 200m final: "I had to come through strong. I didn't get a good start at all. I didn't' drive, I came off the bend and thought it was time to push. My body's tired. I ran enough at the Commonwealth Games so to make the final here I'm happy. I'm tired but I just want to do better in the final and anything can happen.

    "I was just so relaxed and thought 'whatever' but I need to be more aggressive. I'm a championship performer but it's new still being here running after so many back to back. My body's not used to it."

  62. Post update

    Denise Lewis

    Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "I wasn't sure that Bianca Williams got out as well as we would expect. Maybe that knee is giving her some problems but she didn't panic. She trusted that fluid action and made that second qualifying spot by right.

    "What a wonderful athlete Dafne Schippers is. She's a wonderful heptathlete, she's already won the 100m and she's looking strong in the 200m as well."

  63. Williams & Schippers reach 200m final

    Dafne Schippers

    European 100m champion Dafne Schippers glides around the bend and is unchallenged as she gallops down the home straight. What an impressive sight. The Dutchwoman dips home in 22.48sec, with Britain's Bianca Williams (22.91sec) second.

  64. Get involved


    Janet Acott: I'm feeling really old now because I can remember Kathy Cook running! Well done Dina Asher-Smith. What a day!

    Jack Ketton: What a day for Asher-Smith: A-Level results, qualifying for a euro final and breaking the British junior record, phenomenal.

  65. No nerves for Asher-Smith

    Dina Asher-Smith

    Dina Asher-Smith speaking to BBC Sport: "I'm just really happy. I wanted to win my semi, to get a good lane, but I'm really happy with the time. It's been one of those unreal days, I couldn't ask for any better but now I can go home and relax and get ready for the final.

    "I'm not nervous out there because I'm a junior in a senior competition and I'm just trying my best out there."

  66. Post update

    Asher-Smith jumps on the track like Winnie the Pooh's Tigger once she realises she has clocked a personal best. Today the teenager has reached the women's 200m final, broken the British junior record, and earned a place at King's College London. Some people just have everything. Wonderful.

  67. Post update

    Denise Lewis

    Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "Dina Asher-Smith ran a new personal best 22.61. She did all the work in the turn, she exploded out of the blocks and held the bend. Wow. I'm so impressed with this young lady. She's the real deal. She's got amazing technique, fresh from the world juniors and she's delivered that kind of performance."

  68. Asher-Smith through to 200m final

    France's Myriam Soumare (22.56 sec) overtakes Dina Asher-Smith on the home straight. Britain's Asher-Smith enjoyed a fabulous start and is rewarded with a personal best 22.61 sec - which is a British junior record! What a day for Asher-Smith.

  69. Women's 200m semi-finals

    Vying for a place in Friday's women's 200m final are British trio Dina Asher-Smith,Bianca Williams and Jodie Williams. All three are regarded as medal prospects although, if they progress this evening, they will probably have Dutch super heptathlete Dafne Schippers to contend with.

    Jodie Williams (left)

    "I felt good," said Jodie Williams, the 100m Commonwealth silver medallist after winning her heat in 22.88sec. "The track is very fast. I felt relaxed and I ran quicker than I thought I would so I'm happy."

    Jodie's happy. We're happy. Let's go.

  70. Men's javelin qualification

    Two more men are through to the final of the men's javelin. Joining Tero Pitkamaki and Thomas Rohler are Finland's Antti Ruuskanen, who has thrown 83.76m, and Latvia's Ansis Bruns (81.04m).

  71. Get involved


    Jamie Saczak: What a top guy Andy Turner is. A great interview there after having just gone out in the semis.

    Shawn Leek: Andy Turner, top interview from a top athlete. Enjoy your retirement!!

  72. Post update

    Colin Jackson

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

    "I really wish Andy Turner could have just strung together two solid winters with no interruptions in his preparations and we would have seen Andy running regularly at 13.10 seconds.

    "His body let him down at those real crucial moments but he was a fighter, a soldier and he ended up with two titles and he dragged the best, and the most, out of himself with all the trials and tribulations. He should be proud of what he's achieved. He's worked so hard to get in the position he's in so I'm really pleased he had the opportunity come here and have a run-out and do his ultimate best."

  73. I could have done better - Turner

    Andy Turner

    Andy Turner speaking to BBC Sport: "I'm a little disappointed with my race and I could have done better. I just wanted to run. I gave it everything but that's all I had.

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

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

  74. Turner fails to qualify for 110m hurdles final

    And that is the last we will see of Andy Turner at a major championships. The Briton finishes seventh in a race won by favourite Pascal Martinot-Lagarde (13.17sec). Hungry's Balazs Baji (13.31) was second, with Dimitri Bascou (13.33) third.

  75. Post update

    Denise Lewis

    Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "Will Sharman's in the right mindset to just focus on the next round. I'm delighted for him to get that personal best.

    "He clattered the second hurdle but his strength is what he does in the middle part of the race. He doesn't panic and he keeps working hard in between the hurdles with that beautiful technique."

  76. Post update

    Colin Jackson

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

    "It was a good strong performance and a personal best. He didn't have the best start but it was a good performance from Will Sharman and Sergey Shubenkov. They race regularly and enjoy their battles.

    "Will's having a wonderful season, a very consistent one. He's put the Commonwealth Games behind him and he knows he'll get on that rostrum if he can hold it together."

  77. Post update

    Lawrence Clarke, who is heir to the Baronetcy of Dunham Lodge (if that is of any interest), says: "I knew it would be tough and I was just fighting and fighting and fighting and I'm relieved to be through. I made such a mistake in Glasgow and this is where I put things right."

  78. Sharman through to 110m hurdles final

    Will Sharman

    Will Sharman hits the second hurdle, but it proves to be no barrier as the Briton dips ahead of defending champion Sergey Shubenkov to win the first semi-final. Both Sharman and Russia's Shubenkov clocked 13.16 sec.

    A perfectly-timed dip from Lawrence Clarke (13.47sec) earns him third spot and a place in the final at 20:56.

  79. Men's 110m hurdles semi-final

    Who is the man to beat in this event? It has to be France's Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, non? He runs in the second heat with Andy Turner. His compatriot Dmitri Bascou is also likely to challenge - should he reach tonight's final, of course.

    It won't be long until we hear the starter's bang. Will Sharman is at the start line. He throws a jumper into a box before stretching those groins.

  80. Men's 110m hurdles semi-finals

    Perhaps now would be a good time to reach for a hankie because the men's 110m hurdles semi-finals are upon us, with the retiring Andy Turner taking off in the second heat. Will this be his last race in a British vest?

    "Now is the right time for me to hang up my spikes and become a normal guy again. I have a lot going on outside track and field," said the 2010 Commonwealth and European champion.

    His team-mates, Will Sharman and Lawrence Clarke - an Etonian labelled by some as the poshest man in sport - race in the first heat.

  81. Men's javelin qualification

    Tero Pitkamaki

    Qualification for the men's javelin is under way and already through to the final are Finland's Tero Pitkamaki (81.48m) and Germany's Rohler Thomas (81.24m). We'll update you with more news on that as it filters through.

    The qualifying mark is 81m or, failing that, the 12 best performers will progress.

  82. Post update

    Paula Radcliffe

    Marathon world record holder and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "Maryna Arzamasova, who won the other 800m semi-final, is looking very strong but Lynsey Sharp is running with a new confidence that we've not really seen before.

    "She's tactically aware, running in the right place in her lane, running wide but not wide enough that anyone can get down the inside. And there's an aura about her that wasn't there before. She believes she belongs in the final and is challenging for a gold medal rather than just a medal."

  83. Post update

    Denise Lewis

    Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "Lynsey Sharp's so tactically aware. She kept her dominance, didn't want to lead but she just commanded it and that medal at the Commonwealth Games has transformed her attitude."

  84. Judd revels in 'amazing' feat

    Jess Judd has enough energy left to talk to BBC Sport's Phil Jones. "I'm so happy," she says. "To make two major finals in one year is great.

    "It became real last night when I was watching the videos and I was thinking 'I'm the only one not there'. Everyone else has been at the Olympics and major championships and to be in the final alongside them is amazing."

    Jess Judd (right) and Lynsey Sharp
  85. I felt good - Sharp

    Lynsey Sharp after reaching the women's 800m final: "I felt good. I got out strong as normal, no-one pushed it on but I tried to stay calm and just ran my own race.

    "It makes a massive difference running confidently. I've raced Jess a few times this year and I looked across with 300m to go and thought it would be really nice if we could both get through."

  86. Post update

    Brendan Foster

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

    "It's a new way for Lynsey Sharp to run, to control it from the front and when she decided she was going all the way she wasn't letting anyone past. Her acceleration and her confidence was really applied. She looked supreme, really comfortable and Jessica Judd managed to get through.

    "Lynsey Sharp running and controlling from the front. Looking up at the screen - that was absolute maturity, and if she's that impressive in the final she'll take an awful lot of beating."

  87. Sharp & Judd through to 800m final

    Jess Judd and Lynsey Sharp

    Smart racing from Lynsey Sharp. Commonwealth silver medallist Sharp is forced to take the lead in the first lap and Judd, long hair flapping loose, follows her.

    The Scot puts her foot on the accelerator at the bend and eases away from her rivals, winning in 2:01.32. Russia's Yekaterina Poistogova (2:01.45) was second with Judd (2:01.53) third.

  88. Women's 800m semi-finals

    Next is the second 800m semi-final, featuring 19-year-old Jess Judd who last month said she loved the pain of 800m running. "I think I'm a bit sadistic," the Essex girl said. Sadistic or not, Judd oozes talent.

    The teenager from Canvey clocked a personal best one min 59.77 secs in June, in what was her first major race of the season, and was fourth in the Commonwealth Games, but the remnants of last year's back injury still remains with the teenager blowing heavily after her heat in Zurich.

  89. I'm disappointed with myself - Leonard

    "It had been quite choppy the whole way around and someone ahead of me chopped and I was hit in the back," explains Alison Leonard of her decision to not finish the first 800m semi-final.

    "I was in the back and the gap started to open up. I'm disappointed I didn't carry on, I should have pushed on to the line. I'm not injured, I lost momentum, I should have carried on and I'm disappointed with myself."

  90. Post update

    Paula Radcliffe

    Marathon world record holder and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "Alison is very inexperienced. There's a lot of bumping and barging. The Polish girl who bumped her kept her cool and went on to qualify. I'm sure it's not something she'll do again and I'm sure she won't do that again."

  91. Arzamasova wins first 800m semi

    The winner of the first 800m semi-final was Maryna Arzamasova of Belarus in 2:00.36. Poland's Joanna Jozwik (2:00.58) was second with Russia's Svetlana Rogozina (2:00.83) third. A DNF next to Alison Leonard's name.

  92. Post update

    Brendan Foster

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

    Alison Leonard (far left)

    "Alison Leonard was starting to make ground, an athlete moved out ahead of her and it was a really bad jolt and she lost a lot of momentum.

    "You can't see any spike marks on her leg and maybe it's a muscle problem but it's very unfortunate because she was doing the right thing."

  93. Post update

    Leonard seemed to lose momentum after a bit of elbows at the back of the pack. A disappointing end to the 24-year-old's championships. Her inexperience on the big stage perhaps telling.

  94. Leonard out of women's 800m semis

    Oh. Leonard steps off the track after 600m after a bump and she is out of the race.

  95. Women's 800m semi-finals

    Blackburn's Alison Leonard, who is making her senior debut for Britain, qualified for the semi-finals with the quickest time and looks comfortable on the outside at the bell, although is now struggling.

    For those of you interested, the 24-year-old is a fan of the cookery programme Great British Bake Off, tweeting last week: "Hard to say what I'm more excited for, travelling to Euro Champs in a week or @BritishBakeOff in 3 days."

    Will the Lancashire lass crumble like a freshly baked cookie or rise like a magical soufflé? (I'm sorry, I just couldn't resist.)

  96. Women's 800m semi-finals

    Let's quickly turn our attention to the women's 800m semi-finals because the first bunch of two-lap wonders are lining up on the start line. There are three Britons to keep an eye on in this event - Alison Leonard, who was impressive in the heats, Commonwealth silver medallist Lynsey Sharp and teenager Jessica Judd.

    Lynsey Sharp
  97. Get involved


    While European 10,000m silver medallist Andy Vernon chats to Gaby Logan about British Athletics leaving "no stone unturned" in their preparations, I shall make my first call for some chit-chat.

    It can be awfully lonely here so why not send us your thoughts on all things athletics, using the hashtag #bbceurochamps. Which British athlete has impressed you the most and why?

  98. Post update

    Tom Fordyce

    Chief sports writer in Zurich

    "Much warmer in the Letzigrund this evening, and only a slight breeze compared to the flag-ripping gales last night. Good conditions for sprinting - and with the performances of Britain's young guns in the 200m heats this morning, that could lead to some more razzle-dazzle in the semi-finals later.

    "Adam Gemili was the fastest qualifier of the men - but even that couldn't top 18-year-old World Junior champion Dina Asher-Smith (aka Dasher) who found out before her race that she had got the A-Level grades she needed to get into King's College and then ran within one hundredth of a second of her personal best."

  99. Evening session schedule

    If you're unsure of the whos and the whens, there is help in the form of a bite-sized schedule (all times BST).

    17:38 - 800m women's semi-finals

    18:15 - 110m hurdles men's semi-finals

    18:42 - 200m women's semi-finals

    19:10 - Men's triple jump final

    19:15 - 200m men's semi-finals

    19:40 - women's javelin final

    20:50 - 110m hurdles men's final

  100. BBC Coverage

    There are many ways to stay across the action in Zurich. If you are fond of moving pictures, why not turn to Gabby Logan and her troop of distinguished Olympians. You can watch and hear their views on BBC Two, or by clicking the 'Live Coverage' tab at the top of this page.

    Denise Lewis

    From 19:00 BST, Jonathan Edwards will be in charge of the mic on BBC Radio 5 live. Also, there's live text commentary throughout the evening. Heard of that? Good.

  101. Child 'trying to enjoy every race'

    Eilidh Child speaking to BBC Sport after reaching the final of the women's 400m hurdles: "My coach just said to do what I did yesterday, but finish it off because I knew girls would be closer to me. I'm happy with that.

    "Having the inside draw, it's nice to know what's going on. Ultimately I've got to concentrate on my own race but it's nice to know where everyone is when you're coming down the home straight.

    "I'm just trying to enjoy every race. The Commonwealths was amazing and I'm just loving coming out here and racing again."

  102. Post update

    Colin Jackson

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

    Eilidh Child

    "It was a strong performance - a good, solid performance - from Eilidh. She is Europe's number one and in her mind, and her coach's mind, they will have wanted to win this race and win it well. It's important for the lane draws and lane four or five is ideal for her.

    "In this event, known as the man killer, you want to save as much energy as you can."

  103. Post update

    Czech Republic's Denisa Rosolova (54.96) was second in that second 400m hurdles semi-final, while Axelle Dauwens (55.63) qualified for the final in third spot. The two fastest losers also came from that race, with Poland's Joanna Linkiewicz and Russia's Vera Rudakova sneaking through.

  104. Child eases into final

    Child quickly closes on Belgium's Axelle Dauwens on her outside... The Scot cruising through the first 300m and is in front as she comes out of the bend... An impressive 54.71sec-run from the Commonwealth silver medallist as she wins her semi-final.

  105. Post update

    Steve Cram

    BBC athletics commentator

    "That's more like it and it was a good run from Titimets. She didn't panic after the first 200m. She stuck to her stride pattern and trusted herself.

    "She's raced Eilidh Child numerous times this year and Eilidh has come out on top, but that will give her some confidence."

  106. Women's 400m hurdles semi-finals

    The top three in each race automatically qualify for the final so joining Titimets will be Russia's Irina Davydova (55.69) and Italy's Yadisleidy Pedroso (56.07).

  107. Titimets wins first semi-final

    Anna Titimets

    A bit of fidgeting on the blocks, the starter is unhappy so asks the athletes to get set once more. We go again...

    Liga Velbere reacts the quickest from the blocks but quickly fades and Ukraine's goggle-wearing Anna Titimets wins by a handsome margin, crossing the line in a season's best 54.90 sec.

  108. Women's 400m hurdles semi-finals

    The women's 400m hurdles semi-finals are about to get under way and Europe's number one, Eilidh Child, is racing in the second heat.

    The two-time European silver medallist has yet to finish outside the top three in any of her races this season and her season's best (54.39sec) is quicker than any of her rivals in heat two so it should be a doddle.

  109. Post update

    Paula Radcliffe

    Marathon world record holder and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "It will be a positive atmosphere. Good performances really set the ball rolling for the rest of the team. They see it and think they want a little bit of it but think they are capable too.

    "When you see unexpected performances from people like Jo Pavey and Andy Vernon it will inspire them."

  110. Post update

    Denise Lewis

    Olympic heptathlon gold medallist and BBC Sport athletics expert

    "The GB team is in great shape, morale is high and, after a stirring speech from Goldie Sayers, everyone wants a bit of the action."

  111. Another gold rush?

    Did anyone say gold rush? Yeehaw! Yes, Britain top the medal table after winning three golds on a wet and windy Wednesday in Zurich, with Mo Farah,James Dasaolu and Tiffany Porter all winning to give the team the perfect start. There are five gold medals to be won this evening, although it is unlikely that there will be too many 24-carat gold-winning performances from those in British vests but that doesn't mean it won't be fun.

    Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (left) and James Dasaolu
  112. 110m hurdles semi-finals

    Former European and Commonwealth champion Turner finished as a fastest loser in the heats for this evening's 110m hurdles semi-finals (which start from 18:15 BST) so it is open to question whether he has enough gas in the tank to reach tonight's final. How will the 33-year-old perform at his last major event? Stay tuned.

  113. Post update

    Hello! Welcome to live text coverage of the European Championships in Zurich.

    Andy Turner

    Eleven-time British champion Sayers competes in the javelin final this evening, but the words she uttered in her Churchillian captain's speech will perhaps resonate most deeply with Andy Turner, a former European champion who has decided it's time to ring the last bell and retire at the end of the year.

  114. Post update

    "How would you perform if this was the last time you would ever compete?" The words of British team captain Goldie Sayers on the eve of the European Championships.