Glory for Gemili in 200 metres
9:10pm Friday 15th August 2014 in © Press Association 2014
Adam Gemili capped another wonderful night for Great Britain at the European Championships, securing the 200 metres crown with the second sub-20 seconds run of his life.
This was a special evening of athletics at the Stadion Letzigrund, where the biggest crowd of the week bore witness to five British medals.
Martyn Rooney got the ball rolling by leading home a UK one-two in the 400m, recovering from the disappointment of missing out on a Commonwealth Games medal to win gold ahead of precociously-talented teenager Matthew Hudson-Smith.
Laura Weightman followed that up by producing a fine run to win bronze in the 1,500m, with the medal rush continuing in the 200m sprints as Jodie Williams won silver and Gemili took gold.
Just a fortnight after taking silver over 100m in Glasgow, the 20-year-old footballer-cum-sprinter boosted his burgeoning reputation in Zurich by adding another medal to his collection.
Much was expected of Gemili after qualifying for the final quickest and he did not disappoint, with his 19.98 seconds run the fastest European time of the year and one which saw him become the first ever Briton to twice go under 20 seconds.
"It is a great stepping stone," said Gemili, whose run was all the more impressive given it came in wet conditions and into a headwind of 1.6m/s.
"Obviously I got two silvers at the Commonwealths, but that's my first senior gold medal.
"I get to stand on top of the podium and listen to the national anthem, which is something I've only dreamt about doing like playing for England as a footballer.
"Hopefully this gives me a good platform to go out there and take it to the World Championships."
Weightman took 1,500m bronze two weeks on from silver in Glasgow.
"I'm really pleased with the bronze," she said. "I knew coming into the final that it was going to be tough with Abeba Aregawi and Sifan Hassan and the shape they've been in this year."