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Adam Gemili storms to 200m gold on European Championship day four

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Adam Gemili was the stand-out performer on day four of the European Championships as he stormed to 200 metre glory.

Gemili, 20, matched his own personal best in clocking 19.98 seconds, powering away from rival Christophe Lemaitre to take his first senior title.

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It follows on from the Commonwealth silver Gemili won in the 100m in Glasgow last month, and continues the British athlete's rise in the sport.

The former footballer only took up full-time sprinting in 2012, and has gone on to become Britain's lead athlete in the field - becoming the first UK man to win the European title for 16 years.

Rooney's run to gold

Gemili's gold wasn't the only success for Britain's athletes, though, with Martyn Rooney also winning the 400m final.

Rooney judged his race to perfection, easing through the first 200m before accelerating down the home straight to claim his first major championship title.

Behind him, 19-year-old Matt Hudson-Smith, GB's breakthrough star of the summer, took the silver as he knocked 0.22 seconds off his personal best to finish just behind Rooney's winning time of 44.71s.

Williams & Weightman medals

In the women's events, Team GB continued their recent successes, Jodie Williams and Laura Weightman both winning medals.

Williams ran her third personal best of the year as she finished second in the 200m, while Weightman took the bronze in the 1500m.

Williams' silver was the first by a British woman in this event since Kathy Cook's 32 years ago, and lived up to the potential she has shown all summer.

The 20-year-old produced a late surge to overhaul France's Myriam Soumare, with Netherlands' Dafne Schippers taking the gold.

The Dutchwoman, who is a heptathlete stepping down to the sprints for a year, added to her 100m crown with the best time by a European for 19 years.

Schippers' 22.03 is also the fastest time in the world this year, and confirmed her status as the female athlete of the Championships so far.

Injury disappointment

Bianca Williams finished just outside the medals in fourth, while there was disappointment for Dina Asher-Smith as she pulled up injured on the bend.

Weightman's medal, her second of the summer after winning silver in Glasgow, held on for the bronze behind Sifan Hassan and Abeba Aregawi.

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