Farah leads British charge on golden night at Europeans

13 August 2014 / 22:54

Mo Farah battled to yet another gold as British athletes enjoyed a night to remember at the European Championships in Zurich.

Farah followed the lead of Jo Pavey to retain his 10,000m title but was pushed to the line by teammate Andy Vernon.

It was his fifth European title - and ninth major championship gold - meaning he has overtaken Daley Thompson, Jonathan Edwards and Linford Christie on the all-time list.

But after a season to forget, with injury ruling him out of the recent Commonwealth Games, Farah was just relieved to cross the line first in 28:02.12 minutes.

"I was really ill a few weeks ago but training has gone well," he admitted. "Winning the European Championships again really does mean a lot to me.

"I didn't want to let people down after missing the Commonwealth Games - it hasn't been easy.

"I won the 5,000m and 10,000m double in Barcelona in 2010 and I won one title in Helsinki two years ago. Now I'm excited for the 5,000m and I hope to run well again."

Elsewhere, despite chilly conditions, James Dasaolu clocked 10.06 secs to win the men's 100m title as Olympic champion Usain Bolt looked on from the stands.

Dasaolu has also struggled with injuries this season but finished well clear of France's Christophe Lemaitre, while team-mate Harry Aikines-Aryeetey took bronze ahead of Dwain Chambers.

"It's great to be the European champion," he said. "I'm still trying to take it all in.

"I didn't have a great start but I battled through. Track and field always has lots of ups and downs - I've had my hamstring injury but fast forward to Zurich in August and I'm the European champion."

Tiffany Porter complained after winning another silver medal in Glasgow earlier this month but she upgraded to gold in the women's 100m hurdles, beating France's  Cindy Billaud by just three hundredths of a second in 12.79 seconds.

"This is very special, I'd not won gold before so I'm thrilled to finally get one," she said.

"When you see your team-mates doing so well it really spurs you on in your event. It's very satisfying to win."

And Ashleigh Nelson completed a memorable night - after just two days British athletes have already matched their medal haul from the last Europeans in Helsinki - with a bronze in the women's 100m.

“I feel amazing as you can tell from the tears," said Nelson. "I'm just so happy. My coach obviously knew what I was capable of; he said go into the final and give it everything and look what's happened.”

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