Day 4 - Evening Review

Zurich
European Athletics

Dutch star Dafne Schippers had another brilliant 200m run of 22.03 to win her second gold medal at the Zurich 2014 European Athletics Championships.

Schippers shows a Dutch of class to land 200m gold on epic night in Zurich 

Dafne Schippers produced a second sensational run of the week to match the feats of Fanny Blankers-Koen 64 years earlier and land the sprint double at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich on Friday night.

After her brilliant 100m triumph on Wednesday, Schippers won the 200m in 22.03, a national record and the fastest time by a European since 1995 to demonstrate how right she was to opt out of the heptathlon for these individual events.

No Dutch athlete will ever replace the legend that is Blankers-Koen but Schippers is making quite a name for herself.

She is some star. Tall and with such power, no wonder she is such a brilliant multi-eventer.

Now she is arguably the most talked about woman athlete in the world after stretching away to win as the field soared around the bend to beat Great Britain's Jodie Williams, who ran a superb personal best for silver in 22.46, with Myriam Soumare, of France, third in 22.58.

Schippers said: "The world leading mark is unbelievable and a time of 22.03 is something I did not dream of.

"Two gold medals feels good and they are a great success for me and my country. How did I find myself as a sprinter? We were at a training camp and my coach saw that I was pretty fast."

After silver in the women's 200m for Britain, there was gold in the men's as Adam Gemili charged to glory in 19.98, the fastest time by a European this year and a national under-23 record.

France's Christophe Lemaitre, the 2010 champion, was second in 20.15 with Ukraine's Serhiy Smelyk third in a personal best of 20.30, but neither of them were anywhere near Gemili.

At a packed Letzigrund Stadium, it was a night the Swiss crowd will remember for a long time as Kariem Hussein won gold for the host nation in a dramatic 400m hurdles.

He dug so deep to hold on to triumph in a personal best of 48.96 ahead of Estonia's Rasmus Magi in 49.06 and Denis Kudryavtsev, of Russia, who was third in 49.16.

France's Antoinette Nana Djimou produced a fine 800m run of 2:15.22 to retain the heptathlon title.

It was a close competition but she did just enough in the last of the seven disciplines, scoring 890 points to triumph with a total of 6551 from Nadine Broersen, of the Netherlands, with 6498, and Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam, who was third with 6423.

Ukraine's high jump world champion, Bohdan Bondarenko, is the European champion too after finally taking hold of the event on an increasingly cold evening.
Bravely, he did not enter the competition until 2.30m, which he cleared at the second attempt, but won gold with 2.35m before retiring after one failure at what would have been a European record of 2.43m.

It was a one-two for Ukraine with Andriy Protsenkot taking silver with 2.33m and Russia's Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov winning bronze with 2.30m.

Sifan Hassan, of the Netherlands, capped her emphatic season with a fine performance to beat Sweden's Abeba Aregawi in a superb 1500m final.

World champion Aregawi was in front until, just before the bell, Hassan moved ahead and gained an important advantage which she used to win in 4:04.18.

Aregawi was second in 4:05.08 with Britain's Laura Weightman third in 4:06.32.

"I cannot describe my emotions," said Hassan. "I cannot believe it."

Martyn Rooney finally won a major gold medal with a perfectly timed run in the 400m final.

The Briton, who was third in Barcelona in 2010, came through on the home turn to hold on for victory ahead of his teammate Matthew Hudson-Smith.

Rooney won in a European leading time of 44.71 from Hudson-Smith second in a personal best of 44.75 ahead of Israel's Donald Sanford, who broke the national record of 45.27 whose bronze was the first-ever medal for his country at the European Athletics Championships.

And talking about timing in a 400m race - because a few minutes later in the women's final, gold went the way of Italy's Libania Grenot.

It was an education in peaking over a few days because Grenot saved her best for Friday night as she won in 51.10.

It was a blanket finish for silver and bronze with Olha Zemlyak, of Ukraine, taking second in 51.36 and Spain's Indira Terrero finishing third in 51.38, the same time as Britain's Olympic and double world champion Christine Ohuruogu who was back in fourth.

Poland's Adam Kszczot proved himself the supreme star of the 800m as he added the outdoor crown to his double European Athletics Indoor titles.

He won in 1:44.15 with Artur Kuciapski making it a Polish one-two as he took silver in a personal best of 1:44.89 with Ireland's Mark English moving through for bronze in 1:45.03.

What a night it was for Poland because in the women's hammer, Anita Wlodarczyk produced the greatest performance of her career for gold and teammate Joanna Fiodorow snatched bronze with her last effort.
Wlodarczyk won with a stunning fifth round throw of 78.76m - the best in the world this year and a national record - with Slovakia's Martina Hrasnova second with 74.66m and Fiodorow third with with 73.67m.

Greece's Louis Tsatoumas had the furthest distance of 8.19m in long jump qualifying but Russia's world champion Aleksandr Menkov missed out on the final by one place after a best of 7.78m.