Sharman stumble turns gold into European silver

14 August 2014 / 23:01

Will Sharman cracked the podium to claim 110m hurdles silver at the European Championships - but admitted he was gutted it wasn't gold.

Sharman has finished fourth, fifth and fifth at consecutive World Championships and would have won gold had he not clattered the final hurdles, gifting the race to defending champion Sergey Shubenkov.

Sharman clocked a 13.16 second personal best in the semi-finals and admitted disappointment he'd not taken the victory.

"I could have done more and that's why I was gutted," he said.

"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."

Elsewhere, Goldie Sayers finished eighth in the women's javelin final, describing her best effort of 58.33 metres as 'incredibly frustrating'.

Commonwealth Games stars Lynsey Sharp and Eilidh Child both won their respective semi-finals. Child's 54.71 second run secured her a place in Saturday's 400m hurdles final and defending champion Sharp clocked 02:01.32 to win her 800m semi-final.

"It makes a massive difference running confidently," said Sharp, who won a memorable silver medal in Glasgow earlier this month.

"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."

Adam Gemili qualified quickest for Friday's 200m final as he bids to follow the lead of British team-mate James Dasaolu, who won the 100m on Wednesday.

"It's a very good track but championship running is about saving energy," he said. "I slowed down and I've got more to show."

And there was a double celebration for 18-year old Dina Asher-Smith.

On the day she received her A Level results and earned a place at King's College in London, the world junior champion smashed Kathy Cook's 35-year-old British 200m junior record as she made her first senior final with a personal best of 22.61 seconds.

She will be joined in the women's final by 20-year-old team-mates Bianca Williams and Jodie Williams - both medallists in Glasgow.

"I just really couldn't have asked for much more out of this day," said Asher-Smith. "I'm going into the final fit and I feel I can go faster than I did as I slowed down at the end.

"When I saw the time I thought maybe I've dipped under the junior record and I have. I'm over the moon. I can't wait to see what happens in the final."

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