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Finette Agyapong wins European U23 200m title in Bydgoszcz

Finette Agyapong wins European U23 200m title in Bydgoszcz

The sprinter adds another gold to GB’s haul in Poland, while Khai Riley-La Borde, Hannah Segrave and Lucy Bryan secure silver medals

Britain’s Finette Agyapong improved her personal best twice on her way to European U23 Championships 200m gold in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Saturday.

Clocking 23.04 in her heat, she went even quicker to win her semi-final in 22.86 before clocking 22.87 in the final to get gold.

Swiss sprinter Sarah Atcho claimed silver in 22.90 and Ukraine’s Yana Kachur the bronze in 23.20, with Agyapong’s team-mate Ama Pipi fifth in 23.41.

“This is way beyond what I was hoping for this week,” said the winner.

“I came in thinking I could make the final but there were a few athletes with faster PBs than mine. As it happened, I ran a good PB in the heat on Friday and then another one on Saturday in the semi-final.”

The men’s 200m title was claimed by Jan Volko as the Slovak sprinter broke the championship record with 20.33.

GB’s Khai Riley-La Borde, who has had groin injury problems, added to GB’s medal haul with silver in the 110m hurdles.

He clocked 13.65 in a race won by France’s Ludovic Payen in 13.49. Britain’s James Weaver was fourth with a PB of 13.75.

Britain’s Hannah Segrave and Lucy Bryan also secured silver medals in the 800m and pole vault respectively.

Segrave clocked 2:05.53 as Renée Eykens of Belgium won in 2:04.73 from Iceland’s Anita Hinriksdottir, while Bryan cleared 4.40m to equal her PB as Switzerland’s Angelica Moser got gold with 4.55m.

Germany’s Marius Probst won the 1500m in 3:49.06 as Britain’s Neil Gourley was fourth in 3:49.53, while the 5000m was won by Italy’s Yemaneberhan Crippa in 14:14.28.

Yasmin Miller clocked 13.32 for fourth in the 100m hurdles won by Nadine Visser of Netherlands in 12.92, while Luka Janezic of Slovenia won the 400m in 45.33, with Britain’s Cameron Chalmers fourth in 46.29. Laviai Nielsen was fifth in the 400m won by Gunta Latiseva-Cudare of Latvia in 52.00.

Tim Duckworth’s decathlon dream came to an early end as he pulled his hamstring in the long jump.

Full results can be found here.

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