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Athletics: William Sharman has another silver in collection

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: August 15, 2014

By SIMON PEACH

Williams Sharman celebrates his second place in the Men's 110m Hurdles Final at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich

Williams Sharman celebrates his second place in the Men's 110m Hurdles Final at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich

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ATHLETICS

William Sharman narrowly missed out on the European crown just weeks after having to settle for 110 metres hurdles silver at the Commonwealth Games.

While the 29-year-old secured Great Britain a medal for the third successive night in Zurich, he was frustrated not to catch reigning gold medallist Sergey Shubenkov.

Sharman impressed in qualifying for the final at the Stadion Letzigrund and secured a personal best of 13.16 seconds in the semi-finals.

However, he was unable to repeat that performance in a final which British team-mate Lawrence Clarke, from Team Bath, did not start after tweaking his hamstring in the warm-up.

The ever-impressive Adam Gemili did not disappoint in the 200 metres semi-finals, with the British sprinter qualifying quicker than any of his rivals for the European crown.

Two weeks on from winning silver over half that distance at the Commonwealth Games, the 20-year-old former footballer looks well placed to add another medal to his collection.

Gemili laid down the gauntlet to his European rivals by following up yesterday morning's fastest time in the heats by running quicker than anyone else in securing a place in tonight's final.

The Londoner looked comfortable as he crossed the line in 20.23 seconds and well capable of going even quicker in search of a podium finish.

Trowbridge's Danny Talbot went out after finished sixth in the same semi-final in a time of 20.62.

"It takes you by surprise how quickly you are winning," Gemili told the BBC.

"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 Lemaitre are the quickest qualifying but I'll go out there and run my hardest."

Gemili will be the only British representative in the final after James Ellington missed out by less than a hundredth of a second.

The 28-year-old finished fifth in the first semi-final in 20.52secs – the same time managed by Poland's Karol Zalewski.

It meant the last fastest loser spot for the final went down to thousandths of a second, with Ellington eventually eked out after a 29-minute wait.

Things were far more straightforward in the women's 200m, with all three sprinterssecuring automatic qualification to the final.

Bianca Williams, ranked third in Europe over the distance, followed favourite Dafne Schippers home in the second semi-final, before Commonwealth silver medallist Jodie Williams won her semi with ease. The fastest of the trio was Dina Asher-Smith.

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