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Athletics: European Championships: Gemili and Rooney win golds as British men seal sprint sweep

Adam Gemili continued his rise by claiming a superb 200 metres gold at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich.

The 20-year-old, who took Commonwealth Games silver in the 100m, powered through a headwind in 19.98 seconds to beat favourite Christophe Lemaitre into second.

Londoner Gemili, a former footballer, burst on to the athletics scene in time for the 2012 Olympics in his hometown, and has progressed well since taking up track full-time.

In rainy and windy conditions in Zurich, the popular youngster led from start to finish, building up an unassailable gap over Frenchman Lemaitre.

“I used to think the only way I’d be able to hear the national anthem was with the England football team,” said Gemili, who was playing non-league football just three years ago. “It’s a great feeling, it’s the best feeling in the world.

“It was really cold and the track was really wet and I don’t know why the race was on so late.

“I had the big man Christophe in the lane inside of me and I knew he’d be coming, so I tried to just run the bend as I usually do and hang on for dear life.

“I could hear the footsteps coming, and you could probably see the tension in my face, but then I crossed the line and saw a sub 20 seconds and I was gob-smacked.

“To become European champion was a big target for me this year and to achieve it is amazing.”

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