Twell and Reid secure European medals

Twell and Reid secure European medals

09 July 2016 / 22:24

Steph Twell won 5000m bronze as Team GB added two more medals to their tally on the penultimate day of the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam.

Twell put in a strong performance to finish third, behind Turkey’s Yasemin Can and Sweden’s Meraf Bahta, in 15:20.70.

Can dominated the race, leaving a six-woman scrap for the remaining medals and Twell’s strong finish ensured she finished just 0.16s off silver.

“It is fantastic, absolutely unreal,” she said. 

“I knew I had to go for any colour of medal and I just had to run right through to the line. It was so nerve-wracking going around; I was just thinking ‘is it going to be silver or bronze’.

“I wondered if I could stay with Can, but she dropped the pace so I just held onto my hat and that was the experience coming out.

“You can doubt yourself sometimes and I have done that in the past, but now I have learnt how to cope with doubts, and my inner strength is showing.

“I wanted this - I have been part of the sport since a young age, so I’m super happy with that.”

Team GB’s second medal came in the men’s triple jump, as Julian Reid’s 16.76m was enough for him to claim his first senior championship medal.

The 27-year-old had been in gold medal position after the first round but he was eventually beaten by Germany’s Max Heb and Poland’s Karol Hoffmann – who both cleared 17 metres.

“I am very happy with this, it is a medal at a championships and that’s what it is all about,” he said.

“This is my first senior major final so it is special to win a medal. This is my third European Championships and first time in a final so I’m quite pleased to get that result this time.

“My follow up jumps weren’t quite there, the only one that was close was my second, and that was a foul. After that second jump, I felt a little niggle and that played on my mind for my next jumps.”

Elsewhere, Andrew Pozzi equalled his PB in the Men’s 110m hurdles semi-final, but injury cruelly robbed him of his spot in the final.

The Men’s 4X100m relay team safely moved through the final, with the team of James Dasaolu, Adam Gemili, James Ellington and CJ Ujah setting the fastest time.

Their female counterparts of Asha Philip, Dina Asher-Smith, Bianca Williams and Daryll Neita also made it through to the final as fastest qualifiers.

The 400m relay teams were just as successful as Eilidh Doyle, Margaret Adeoye, Kelly Massey and Seren Bundy-Davies led the women’s team through to the final, while Rabah Yousif, Delano Williams, Nigel Levine and Jarryd Dunn did the same for the men.

Meanwhile, Robbie Grabarz and Chris Baker both qualified for the men’s high jump final in the morning session.

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