Hurdler Will Sharman moved to third on Britain's all-time list with his 13.21 seconds (©GettyImages)
Hurdler Will Sharman moved to third on Britain's all-time list with his 13.21 seconds (©GettyImages).

Team GB finish fifth in European Team Championships

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Great Britain have finished fifth in the European Team Championships in Braunschweig, Germany.

The squad, which was fourth after the opening day, performed solidly throughout the final day to end with 281.5 points, in a tournament won by the hosts.

It is the first time in four Championships that Russia has not won, with the Germans taking only their second win in the history of the competition with a score of 371.


Among GB's highlights was William Sharman's 13.21 seconds in the 110 metre hurdles - moving him to third on the all-time list, behind only former world record holder Colin Jackson, and Tony Jarrett.

The time wasn't enough for the maximum 12 points, Sharman finishing 0.01 seconds behind Russia's Sergey Shubenkov took victory.

It was still a great race for the 29-year-old, though, who put the run down to a good pre-season.

"I've been training through the winter instead of sitting at home injured," he was quoted as saying on the British Athletics website. "It's made a big difference doing an indoor season. I'm much further. Normally I would only have started training a few months ago for the hurdles."

Sharman's performance was arguably the main highlight of an otherwise developmental squad which was never really in contention.


The sole victory of the weekend came in the men's 4X100m relay on Saturday. The team of Richard Kilty, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, James Ellington and Adam Gemili stormed to victory in a time of 38.51s, and will have high hopes looking ahead to the Commonwealth Games.


Among the disappointments from the Championships were Olympic champion Greg Rutherford, who could only manage second in the long jump with a leap of 7.99m, and Scotland's Eilidh Child, who ran a time of 55.36s in the 400m hurdles.

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