Team GB dominate track session on day three of European Championships

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Day three of this year's European Championships in Zurich proved to be another fruitful one for Great Britain with hurdler Will Sharman adding to their already impressive medal table.

Sharman, 29, took the silver medal in the men's 110 metre hurdles - the same colour he won at the Commonwealth Games a little over two weeks ago.

On that day he was no match to Jamaica's Andrew Riley, this time, however, the gold medal was well in his grasp.

Close shave for Sharman

Leading at the 70m mark, Sharman clipped the seventh hurdle before clattering into the eighth, allowing defending champion Sergey Shubenkov of Russia to come through and claim the European title. France's pre-race favourite, Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, could only manage third.

Earlier in the night, four of Britain's 200m runners impressed by making it through to Friday's finals.

Easy for Gemili

In the men's event, 100m Commonwealth silver medalist Adam Gemili breezed through his semi-final, clocking the fastest time in the process, as he clocked 20.23 seconds.

His biggest challenger in the final may be France's 2010 champion, Christophe Lemaitre, the 24-year-old progressing through his race in just three one hundredths slower than Gemili.

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Fellow British sprinters James Ellington and Danny Talbot won't be joining Gemili in the final, though, as they both failed to make it through - Ellington agonisingly missing out by a thousandth of a second after clocking exactly the same time as Polish athlete Karol Zalewski.

British sprinting dominance

Meanwhile, Britain's female sprinters continued their excellent summer with all three 200m runners qualifying for the final.

Dina Asher-Smith, Bianca Williams and Jodie Williams all showed their medal potential, with Asher-Smith breaking Kathy Cook's 35-year-old British junior record.

The 18-year-old clocked 22.61s to make her first senior final. It was a day of double celebrations for the world junior champion, though, as she also found out she had achieved the A-level grades she needed to get into Kings College in London.

Jodie Williams was equally as comfortable, easing down to win her heat in a time of 22.90s. Netherlands' 100m champion Dafne Schippers remains the athlete to beat, however, the Dutch athlete very convincing in her progression to the final.

Getting shirty

The biggest controversy of the day came in the men's steeplechase final. Leading into the home straight, French athlete Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad took his vest off and held it in his mouth in celebration.

He crossed the line in the gold medal position, but a later protest from the Spanish camp - removing your number from your body is illegal in athletics - resulted in the 29-year-old being disqualified from the event, allowing fellow Frenchman Yoann Kowal to take the gold.

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