British duo strike gold

29 June 2012 / 20:25

Robbie Grabarz and Rhys Williams have both struck gold for Britain on the third day of competition at the European Championships in Helsinki.

Forty eight hours after Mo Farah retained his 5,000 metres title, Grabarz claimed the first major medal of his career with victory in the high jump to confirm his credentials as an Olympic medal contender.

And Williams then enjoyed victory in the 400m hurdles, going one better than in Barcelona two years ago but crucially also clocking another Olympic 'A' qualifying time of 49.33 seconds.

Team-mate Nathan Woodward also holds the necessary qualifying times, but looks certain to miss out after fading to seventh in the final in a time of 50.20secs.

There was also a silver medal for Lynsey Sharp in the women's 800m, but the Scot agonisingly missed out on the qualifying time required for an Olympic place.

Sharp was a surprise winner of the trials last weekend and therefore needed a time of 1:59.90 seconds here, but despite a storming finish down the home straight, she came up short by 0.62s with a personal best of 2:00.52.

Russia's Yelena Arzhakova took gold and Maryna Arzamasava of Belarus looked set to claim silver before stumbling badly 10m from the line, allowing Sharp to burst through and also overhaul Russia's Irina Maracheva on the line.