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Eilidh Child takes gold at European Championships

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Child went one better than the silver she managed in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (©GettyImages)
Child went one better than the silver she managed in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow (©GettyImages).

The penultimate day of the European Championships in Zurich saw yet more success for Great Britain and France.

The two nations have been battling it out for top spot in the medal table for the last few days, and both won golds on day five of the Championships.

Poster girl

Scotland's poster girl of last month's Commonwealth Games, Eilidh Child, went one better than she managed in Glasgow, winning the gold medal in the women's 400 metre hurdles.

Child, 27, powered away from the field on the final bend, and hung on to win in a time of 54.48 seconds, just ahead of the fast finishing Anna Titimets of Ukraine and Russia's Irina Davydova in third.

Silver for Sharp

Elsewhere, in the 800m, Britain's Lynsey Sharp smashed her personal best as she claimed silver in the two-lap event.

Sharp, 24, led from the front and ran a new Scottish record of 1:58.80, enough to hold off everyone except Belarus' Maryna Arzamasova.

France's success on the day came in the opening event - the women's marathon, where 39-year-old Christelle Daunay took the gold.

Marathon success

Daunay had been in the lead group for the whole race, before powering away from Italy's Valeria Straneo in the final stages to take the title in a new Championship's record of two hours 25 minutes and 14 seconds.

It was France's sixth gold in five days, leaving them one behind Great Britain in the medal table heading into the final day.

The highlights of the day will be the track relays, where Team GB looked very impressive as they qualified for all four of tonight's finals. Mo Farah will also be hoping for gold in the 5000m.

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