On a damp and breezy evening at the Euro Champs in Zurich with ten gold medals to be decided, the Swiss crowd acclaimed their own Kariem Hussein, as they roared him to victory in the men's 400m hurdles. His time of 48.96 secs was a personal best and enough to push the pre race favourite Magi back to second with Kudryavtsev third. After being such hospitable hosts, it seemed only fitting that they should share in the medals at their home championships. It was one of many highlights in the Letzigrund stadium last night.

The men's and women's 200m finals were won in world class times by Britain’s Adam Gemili and Holland’s Dafne Schippers. The Dutch lady was a class apart as she set a world leading time of 22.04 secs to take gold from Jodie Williams, with Soumare third. Her future plans will now need consideration, as she has previously preferred the heptathlon and was third in the prestigious Gotzis event earlier this season. 

Gemili was no less impressive in defeating Lemaitre in his final, the second silver the Frenchman has had to be satisfied with behind a Brit this week. His time of 19.98 secs was into a strong headwind and given the cool conditions, John Regis' UK record must be under threat soon. Bronze went to Smelyk who set a new pb, just ahead of defending champion Martina.  

Both the men's and women's 400m titles were also decided. The men's final lost Jonathan Borlee due to injury, but the quality was still evident as GB’s Martyn Rooney set a Euro leading time in finally winning a major title in 44.71 secs after Commonwealth disappointment. He just held off fast finishing compatriot Hudson-Smith who set a new pb of 44.75 secs for silver, with third to Sanford of Israel in a National Record 45.27 secs.  

World Champion Christine Ohuruogu could not emulate her fellow Brits in the women’s 400m final, as despite battling down the home straight she was ultimately edged out into 4th place in a blanket finish for the minor medals. Libania Grenot of Italy dominated the final to take gold in a relatively modest time of 51.10 secs, with the photo finish confirming Zemlyak in silver, two hundredths ahead of Terrero in bronze, with the Brit given the same time. Ohurugu is having a relatively relaxed competitive year but this result will no doubt act as spur for the winter hard work ahead of next year's world champs.  

France’s defending champion Nana Djimou was in no mood to relinquish her Euro heptathlon title as she raised her game in the final event of seven, the 800m to overtake her main rival for gold, Broersen on the second lap and take gold with 6551 points overall. Thiam of Belgium struggled in that event but still hung on for bronze behind Broersen. The overall lead changed hands several times during the two days, but Nana Djimou’s 54.18m throw in the earlier javelin discipline seemed decisive. 

Favourite Bosse of France faded badly to eventually finish last in the men's 800m final after leading through the bell in around 51 secs. His acceleration between 400m and 600m seemed to have taken him clear, only for the field to catch up reaching the final bend as the Poles took a 1-2 through Adam Kszczot in 1:44.15 with a pb for fast finishing Kuciapski good enough for silver. Mark English claimed a rare Irish medal in third. 

The women's 1500m turned into the expected battle at the front between the two Ethiopian converts, as Hassan of Holland had just too much for Aregawi of Sweden on the last lap. Britain's Laura Weightman showed some of coach Steve Cram's class and nous to steal a march on the rest of the field and was rewarded with a gritty bronze, just ahead of Plis of Poland. 

The poor conditions put paid to chances of a 2-40 height in the high jump, but instead a game of cat and mouse developed between the two Ukrainians: Bondarenko and Protsenko, as they each passed heights to try to gain an advantage. Bondarenko it was, that prevailed from his compatriot, the world champ winning with a clearance at 2-35m. Ukhov the Olympic champ could only clear 2-30m for bronze with Baba just missing out on a medal on countback. 

The women’s hammer final saw Anita Wlodarczyk retain her title with a championship record distance of 78.76m but only after two no throws. Her third throw took the lead and she clinched the gold with her fifth attempt. Behind her, Hrasnova took silver ahead of Fiodorow.

Three Britains including Olympic champ Greg Rutherford qualified for the men's long jump final, but it was Tsatoumas of Greece who jumped furthest at 8.19m. Reif of Germany may go into the final as slight favourite, but both defending champion Bayer and France’s Sdiri were surprise non qualifiers. 

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