European Indoor Championships: day three as it happened

Britain's men's and women's 4x400m relay squads win gold as GB end with eight medals in Sweden.

3 March 2013 Last updated at 18:41

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  1. 1810: 

    That's it then. Britain's men's 4x400m relay team can celebrate winning Team GB's fourth gold of the championships. The Brits won eight medals in total to finish third in the medal table, behind Russia and France. The spectators depart the Scandinavium Arena, which means it must be time for me to stop waffling on. Thanks, as ever, for your contributions. Cheerio!


    David Grice: "YES! Glad to hear our teamgb men's relay team have got their gold back. WELL DONE GUYS."

    Dan Taylor: "Big well done to all the British athletes! Cracking men's and women's 4x400m finals."

    James Stevenson: "4x400m men reinstated. Spot on."

  3. 1759: 

    It has been confirmed that Britain have won the gold medal despite Richard Buck's hokey-cokey on the second leg.

  4. 1757: 

    The British men are posing for pictures, whooping and hollering as if they've won gold. They then head for an interview with Phil Jones, who informs the quartet that they have been disqualified. He shows the team a replay of Richard Buck stepping off the track. "I think it's the Polish guy coming in on me so I couldn't stay on," explains Buck.

  5. 1754: 

    Team GB head coach Peter Eriksson: "He [Richard Buck] was in his right. He took one step inside. We have done our own video and we're making sure that a protest goes in against this because this would not be right."

  6. 1752: 

    News has filtered through that Britain's men's 4x400m team have been denied gold because of a transgression by Richard Buck.


    Double European indoor champion Perri Shakes-Drayton: "I've had a very good day in the office. We all wanted to win the relay for each other."

  8. 1749: 

    Pavel Trenikhin ekes a handsome lead for Russia on the first leg, but their advantaged is wiped away by Nigel Levine on the third leg. The European indoor silver medallist handing Richard Strachan the baton in the lead. Strachan has about 20m of track between him and the rest - and he continues to pull away, crossing the line in 3:05.78.

  9. 1746: 
    MEN'S 4X400M RELAY

    The men's 4x400m teams are being introduced to the crowd. Michael Bingham will lead off for the Brits in lane five. Richard Buck, Nigel Levine and Richard Strachan make up the British quartet.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former 400m runner Allison Curbishley: "We have a quartet that America will be scared of and that the Jamaicans will be scared of as we head to Moscow [for the world championships]. They're absolutely on form. We've got four or five girls who are going to be in contention for the team. It's going to be exciting."

  11. 1741: 

    Britain's quartet embark on a deserved lap of honour. Their time - 3:27.56 - a British record and the best in the world this year. One of the girls hands her bouquet to Dwain Chambers, who is smiling in the stands. Russia (3:28.18) had to settle for silver and the Czech team (3:28.49) took bronze.

    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport

    "Wasn't that brilliant. Perri has just been in superb form and to add Christine to that quartet was a great move. Fantastic performance."

  13. 1735: 

    Perri Shakes-Drayton receives the baton from Christine Ohuruogu with the former 400m Olympic champion having positioned her team-mate in first place. Kseniya Karandyuk attempts to close in on the European 400m indoor champion, but Drayton has enough strength to thwart the Russian challenge, breaking the British record in the process.

  14. 1731: 

    The drama of the men's pole vault has distracted me a tad because the women's 4x400m final has started. The Frenchman was in tears even though he had won gold. Germans Otto Bjorn (5.76) and Malte Mohr (5.76) won silver and bronze respectively.

  15. 1729: 

    Britain's Steve Lewis explaining why France's Renaud Lavillenie was red flagged after seeming to clear 6.07m in the men's pole vault final: "The bar on one side jumped off the peg onto the upright. If the upright was somewhere else it would have gone off. It just sucks because the probability of that happening is one in 500 billion."

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    "Asha came to get to the final and she did that, equalling her lifetime best. You can't ask any more of an athlete in her first senior European vest. Now we will expect great things of her in the outdoors and in the 100m."

    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "Sixth hundredths of a second covered first to eighth place so that's how tight [the 60m final] was. It's a great turning point for Asha. She had a whole set of consistent races and that's very tough at this level."

  18. 1721: 

    Asha Philip sprints home in seventh place. A personal best time of 7.15 seconds for the Briton. "I'm really happy.," says Philip. "I can't complain. I am running now. Before I was out for so long. It was very tight race. It's quite upsetting I didn't get a medal."

    Silver is awarded to Mariya Ryemyen of Ukraine, who clocked 7.10 seconds - the same time as gold medallist Naimova. Bronze goes to France's Myriam Soumare (7.11).

  19. 1719: 

    The leading ladies seem to cross the line together. No-one's quite sure who has won until a photo finish confirms it is Tezdzhan Naimova who has clinched gold.

  20. 1718: 

    Forget about Lavillenie's theatrics because the women's 60m finalists are on their marks. Asha Philip, the first British woman in history to win a world 100m title, has seen her progress stunted by a knee injury sustained while competing in a trampoline world championships in 2007. There were fears her athletics career was over before it had a chance to blossom, but the 22-year-old seems to be over the worst.

  21. 1716: 

    Wild roars as Renaud Lavillenie clears 6.07m but the elation soon turn to jeers as the Frenchman's effort is greeted with a red flag. He then drops face-down onto the track, hiding his visage. He seems to be almost in tears. You've still won gold, Renaud.

  22. 1710: 

    Aleksandr Menkov's third effort - 8.31m - is the longest jump in the world this year and earns the Russian a gold medal. Sweden's Michel Torneus (8.29m) gives the home crowd reason to cheer with a silver and a national record, while Germany's Christian Reif (8.07m) grabs the bronze.

  23. 1710: 

    Double Olympic steeplechase silver medallist Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad showed he had plenty of gravel in his guts, winning the men's 1500m in 3:37.17. Tanui Ilham Ozbilen, who led for about 1495m, produced a season's best of 3:37.22. There was also bronze for France in that race as Simon Denissel (3:37.70) crossed the line ahead of Poland's Marcin Lewandowski.

  24. 1704: 

    Ilham Tanui Ozbilen looks over his shoulder as he nears the finishing line and he sees the grimacing Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad closing him down with every step. The Frenchman beats his Turkish rival by the tip of a nose.

  25. 1702: 
    MEN'S 1500M FINAL

    The 1500m final has just started. There aren't any Brits competing because, well, no-one was selected for the event. "Totally ridiculous," tweeted women's marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe after head coach Peter Eriksson decided not to pick any male 1500m in his squad. "None of the 1500m guys are top-six potential," said 60-year-old Eriksson of his decision. So, there you go.

  26. 1701: 

    The heptathletes huddle to congratulate gold medallist Eelco Sintnicolaas after the completion of the 1000m. Sintnicolaas collected 6372 points to break the national record and set a world leading total. Silver was awarded to Kevin Mayer (6297 points) and Mihail Dudas (6099) won bronze for Serbia.

  27. 1657: 

    Team GB captain Jenny Meadows on new head coach Peter Eriksson: "The team has grown over the years and everyone believes in themselves and that was down to Charles [van Commenee]. Athletes are very accountable to themselves. Peter is different he's a bit more human so the athletes feel a bit more relaxed around Peter."

  28. 1654: 

    A manic roar from France's Renaud Lavillenie as he sails over 5.96m in the men's pole vault final. A world leading vault from the 26-year-old. Up steps Bjorn Otto. He's muttering. He's trying to equal Lavillenie's 5.96m effort. He raises his pole, starts running, lifts himself up - but crashes into the bar...

  29. 1649: 

    If Chris Tomlinson's rivals have done their homework on the Brit then they would know he is married to actress Lucia Rovardi and his perfect meal is a goats cheese salad, followed by a rare rib eye steak and finished with a cheesecake for dessert. What is it with athletes and cheesecake? Although, being that the Brit is in seventh place, the other long jumpers don't really need to worry too much about him.

  30. 1646: 

    Russia's Aleksandr Menkov extends his lead and produces another world leading jump, covering 8.31m of the sand pit with his fourth attempt. Chris Tomlinson has dropped to seventh. His fourth effort ended with a 7.94m leap.

  31. 1642: 

    Steve Lewis can head home satisfied after producing a season's best 5.71m in the final of the men's pole vault, but it was only good enough for sixth place. The bar is cranked up a few more centimetres as France's Renaud Lavillenie and Germany's Bjorn Otto jostle for gold.

  32. 1639: 

    A season's best 1.99m secures gold for Spain's Ruth Beitia in the women's high jump. And it's two medals for Sweden as Ebba Jungmark (1.96m) and Emma Tregaro Green (1.96) take silver and bronze respectively.

  33. 1633: 

    The next visitor to the BBC studio at the Scandinavium Arena is team captain Jenny Meadows, who ran home in fourth place in the women's 800m final. "If I'm really honest with myself I still can't believe I've competed in the final of the European Indoor Championships," she says. "Very bizarre that I'm even in this situation. I just saw the race back for the same time and cringed a little bit because I don't want to see myself not quite prepared."

  34. 1630: 

    Chris Tomlinson has had a third go in the men's long jump and it's not happy reading if you're a fan of the Middlesbrough jumper. The Brit only covered 7.64m of sand, which means his second effort of 7.95m is still his best.

  35. 1628: 

    Mukhtar Mohammed has joined Jonathan Edwards in the studio and is wearing the bronze medal he won earlier in the 800m. "I had a good training and would like to thank the endurance team in Kenya," says the Brit. "It's a big moment. This is the first senior medal. You can't get better than a medal."

  36. 1624: 

    Chris Tomlinson's second leap was a 2cm improvement on his first, but the Brit slides down the rankings to sixth. Aleksandr Menkov still king of the jumpers with a world leading 8.28m leap.

  37. 1619: 

    France's Renaud Lavillenie and Germany's Bjorn Otto have both cleared 5.76m to set a new benchmark in the men's pole vault final. Steve Lewis's 5.71m effort currently good enough for joint fourth. Over in the men's long jump, Chris Tomlinson gets a white flag for his second attempt and his 7.95m jump is a slight improvement. He walks over to his coach and the pair exchange a high five.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former 400m runner Allison Curbishley on Chris Tomlinson : "We've watched this gangly, lanky guy eat up the long jump gangway for a long time. Yes, he's made finals at world championships and Olympics but we constantly say he's never quite achieved his potential. He's going to have to jump 8m if he's to get anywhere near in the final. It's going to be tough ask for him to get onto the podium."

  39. 1610: 

    Chris Tomlinson's opening effort of 7.93m is good enough for third spot at the moment - but one competitor has set a national record and the other a world leading jump to leap ahead of the Brit. Russia's Aleksandr Menkov has floated 8.28m to set the best jump in the world this year. Sweden's Michael Torneus is a centimeter behind.

    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "Chris Tomlinson's now got a real opportunity. He knows every single person here so he should really fill himself with a bit of confidence and think 'you know, what Greg Rutherford did at the Olympics in London I can do here'."

  41. 1605: 

    Chris Tomlinson asks the crowd to clap in unison, everyone likes a bit of atmosphere, before setting off down the runway. His first effort is a decent 7.93m. And there's good news in the men's pole vault final as Steve Lewis has cleared 5.71m with his final attempt at that height.

  42. 1603: 

    Steve Lewis looks to be in a spot of bother in the men's pole vault final. The Brit has botched two attempts at 5.71m.

  43. 1559: 
    Asha Philip (left)

    Britain's Asha Philip (far left) dipped home in 7.17 seconds to qualify fifth fastest for the women's 60m final.

  44. 1557: 

    Chris Tomlison, his curly mane as floppy as ever, is on the track, eyes seem glazed as he tries to block out the brouhaha which is going on around the Scandinavium Arena. The 31-year-old Brit needed a leap of 7.98m in the last round to progress from qualifying. But the man from Middlesbrough broke Lynn Davies's 34-year-old British record when he was a fresh-faced 20-year-old, and has silver from the 2008 world indoor championships in the trophy cabinet so there is pedigree in those gangly legs.

  45. 1553: 

    Steve Lewis opened by clearing 5.41m, but his opponents have set a high standard. Four men - Konstadínos Filippidis, Renaud Lavillenie, Robert Sobera and Bjorn Otto - have cleared 5.61m at the first attempt.

  46. 1549: 

    The top five placed athletes from London 2012 have made it through to the pole vault final, and that includes Britain's Steve Lewis who cleared a season's best 5.70m at the first attempt during qualifying. That was, however, 5cm short of automatic qualification. It's a tough old field.

  47. 1548: 

    Asha Philip after qualifying for the women's 60m final fifth fastest: "I'm just going to keep going and hopefully get a medal. They held the start up for quite a long time [after the false start], you just have to keep your head clear."

    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "There's a lot of pressure at the start of the 60m, especially when you know you're one of four to go through. Asha is balanced and I think she's prepared herself very well. That was a great run. Now it's time to relax, do a little bit of jogging. But there's nothing much she really needs to do. It's all in the mind."

  49. 1545: 

    A fabulous start from 200m specialist Myriam Soumare as she bursts through in 7.07 seconds - which is now the quickest time indoors in Europe this year. Bulgaria's's Tezdzhan Naimova (7.11) and Norway's Ezinne Okparaebo (7.19) make up the finalist.

  50. 1540: 

    After a false start - Finland's Hanna-Maari Latvala the offender - the semi-finalists are eventually let loose. Asha Philip goes through in third place, in a race which was won by France's Myriam Soumare.

  51. 1537: 

    Norway's Ezinne Okparaebo has dabbed on pink lipstick for the occasion. She is on telly, I suppose. A shy wave from Asha Philip as she is announced to the crowd. Seconds away from the start of the women's 60m semi.

  52. 1532: 

    Mariya Ryemyen catapulted out of the blocks and managed to maintain her speed to dip over in 7.10 seconds, the best time in Europe. The top four qualify which means Bulgaria's Ivet Lalova (7.14), Germany's Verena Sailer (7.18) and Dafne Schippers (7.18) of the Netherlands are also through.

  53. 1530: 

    Let's turn our attention to the women's 60m semi-final. Former world youth champion Asha Philip competes in the second semi. The 22-year-old clocked 7.19 seconds in the heats and proclaimed she felt she belonged on the international stage. Only a few seconds, or maybe a minute or two, until we find out if she belongs in the final.

  54. 1528: 

    Holly Bleasdale informs BBC2 viewers she did not treat herself to cheesecake on Saturday night, even though she had said she would eat a whole one after winning gold. No cheesecake on the menu, apparently. The absence of cheesecake on a menu is enough to induce tears if you ask me, which I know you didn't.

  55. 1527: 

    Talking about the women's pole vault... Across the Atlantic, Olympic champion Jennifer Suhr set a new world indoor record of 5.02m on Saturday at the US Indoor Championships in Albuquerque.

    "I was in a grove," said Suhr, who surpassed the previous mark of 5.01m set by Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva.

  56. 1524: 

    More from Bleasdale on becoming European indoors pole vault champion: "It was a nice feeling going into it, having everyone behind me, thinking I could win gold. In the back of my mind I wanted to win gold, but I was always coming here to gain experience. I feel really confident in this indoor season and that was really good for me, having that confidence. I'm trying hard."

  57. 1523: 

    Pole vault gold medallist Holly Bleasdale has popped into the studio to chat about her success in Saturday's vault-off.

    "I thought I'd take the risk," says the 21-year-old of the decision not to settle for sharing gold with Anna Rogowska. "I'd rather have the gold on my own than have it shared because I was really confident and positive that I could clear that bar. I wanted gold to myself."

  58. 1518: 
    Perri Shakes-Drayton

    Perri Shakes-Drayton set the fastest time in the world this year and achieved a personal best by winning 400m gold in 50.85 seconds.


    Harry Banks: "Congrats to Nigel Levin for the silver. Wasn't sure he'd get it after yesterday's semi."

    Paul Clarkson: "Brilliant run - Perry Shakes Drayton and Eilidh Child - Gold and Silver 400m. 4x400m looking good."

  60. 1515: 

    If you missed the day's first session then worry not because there's time for a recap. Team GB won four medals to take their championship tally to six. The winsome Perri Shakes-Drayton led the charge with a scintillating run to win gold in the women's 400m, while Eilidh Child ran a personal best to take silver. There was also silver for Nigel Levine in the men's 400m and a gutsy bronze for Mukhtar Mohammed in the men's 800m. A satisfactory morning for head coach Peter Eriksson.

  61. 1509: 

    There are a variety of ways to keep up to date with who is leaping, vaulting and sprinting in Gothenburg. Hopefully there's no need to remind you that there's live text commentary. Jonathan Edwards and his happy helpers will begin live coverage on BBC2 in five minutes and BBC Radio 5 live will also be live from Sweden at 16:45GMT.

  62. 1505: 

    There are eight gold medals to be claimed before we say farewell to the European Indoor Championships. Here is how the afternoon will unfold:

    Women's 60m Semi-finals (15:30-15:37 GMT); Men's pole vault Final (from 15:33); Women's high jump Final (from 15:40) Men's long jump Final (from 16:00); Men's 1000m Heptathlon (16:45); Men's 1500m Final (17:00); Women's 60m Final (17:15); Women's 4x400m relay Final (17:30); Men's 4x400m relay Final (17:45)

  63. 1500: 

    Welcome back. I suppose you could say we're on the final lap, grimacing and snorting as we pump our legs for one last push down the home straight. Don't worry, it will be worth it. Hopefully.

  64. 1142: 

    That's one act done and dusted. There's no need to panic, though, as it is merely an interval. The curtains will be raised at around 1500GMT for final scenes. So, treat yourselves to a dollop of ice cream, stretch the legs - do what ever you have to do to prepare for the end. We'll be back soon.

    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport

    "Perri Shakes-Drayton was phenomenal. She's just delivered on what we expected her to do. It was just a great race. Coming into these championships, she was fit, healthy and strong. It bodes well for what could be a fantastic summer."

  66. 1136: 
    Gold for German Schwanitz

    It is the German flag which will be attached to the highest flag pole during the women's shot put ceremony after Christina Schwanitz produced a 19.25m throw to secure gold. Russia's Yevgeniya Kolodko (19.04m) took silver and Alena Kopets (18.85m) secured bronze.

  67. 1132: 

    Britain's Yamile Aldama, who finished sixth in the women's triple jump final: "Not good enough, but that's the way it is. I needed to do it [compete] because now I know what I need to work on. I need to work harder. I'll just take a few days off and start training again. I'm happy, taking a positive from this competition."

  68. 1129: 

    Britain's Lauren Howarth (9:09.04), who crosses the line in sixth spot, shows interviewer Phil Jones a gash on her leg. Dangerous business this athletics, blood and gore - it's a bit too Quentin Tarantino for my liking. "This other girl just hit me on the leg," explains Howarth.

    Germany's Corinna Harrer (9:00.50) held off a late challenge from Ireland's Fionnuala Britton (9:00.54) to sneak silver. "I enjoyed that," says Britton, which is nice because that's what it's all about, I suppose.

  69. 1124: 
    Moreira secures women's 3000m title

    Sara Moreira ambles towards the finishing line. The 2009 European indoor 3000m silver medallist winning by a comfortable distance. The champion, bouquet in her hand, is almost in tears as she poses for photographs.

  70. 1119: 
    Triple jump gold for Ukraine's Saladuha

    It comes as no surprise that Olha Saladuha becomes European indoor triple jump champion thanks to a gargantuan jump of 14.88m. Her final attempt is just a matter of routine. She steps out of the sand and bows to the audience. Russia's Irina Gumenyuk (14.30m) goes home with a silver medal, while Italy's Simona La Mantia (14.26m) earns bronze. Yamile Aldama finishes in sixth spot, but a season's best 13.95m is a good day in the office for the Brit.

  71. 1114: 

    A false start delays the women's 3000m final, but the ladies eventually get under way. Britain's Lauren Howarth bobbing along in last place at the moment. Plodding is the best way to describe the pace at the moment but it is, of course, all relative.

  72. 1112: 

    Pavel Trenikhin walks behind Levine as the Briton is chatting to Phil Jones on BBC2 and the Russian seems to have a bit of beef with Levine over some argy-bargy which went on during the race. Nothing wrong with a bit of pushing and shoving in indoor athletics, is there? Steve Cram is confident the result will stand and I trust in Steve. Briton Michael Bingham (46.81) was home in fifth, while team-mate Richard Strachan (47.02) was sixth.


    European Indoor 400m silver medalist Nigel Levine: "I can't believe it. First time I've made the European final and to get silver... I'm speechless. They're all humans, they're all beatable. I just went out there, did my best and finished second with a season's best from lane three. What can I say?"

  74. 1103: 
    Levine takes silver in men's 400m

    Pavel Maslak bursts out of the traps and is in control throughout, extending his lead in the final 20m to gallop over the line. Silver for Nigel Levine with a season's best 46.21 from the Briton who overtook Russia's Pavel Trenikhin on the home straight.

  75. 1102: 
    MEN'S 400M FINAL

    "There could be fireworks," says Colin Jackson of the men's 400m final. I do like fireworks. A trio of Brits are competing and they are Michael Bingham, Nigel Levine and Richard Strachan. However, 2012 European outdoor champion Pavel Maslak is also in the mixer. They're on their marks...

  76. 1059: 

    A quick look at the women's triple jump final and it doesn't look as if Yamile Aldama will leave Sweden with a medal in her hand luggage. The Briton, though, has produced a season's best leap of 13.95m, which is currently good enough for sixth spot. Olha Saladuha leads the pack after a whopper of a leap. A national record and a world best jump of 14.88m from the Ukrainian sets a high standard.

  77. 1054: 

    Nataliya Lupu's time of 2:00.26 was a season's best for the 2012 world silver medallist. Russia's Yelena Kotulskaya (2:00.98) scurried home in second spot, while Marina Arzamasova (2:01.21) took bronze with a season's best effort. What was Jenny Meadows's time? 2:01.52.

  78. 1051: 

    Britain's Jenny Meadows on BBC2: "It's a difficult situation. I've only been running for 12 weeks. I never envisaged being back racing. I thought it was important to be racing again. I'm really disappointed with that because I felt really fresh. It is down to a lack of preparation, a lack of training. It was a massive tactical error."

  79. 1047: 
    Meadows fourth in 800m final

    Jenny Meadows said it would be a dream come true if she were to defend her title, but sometimes dreams don't come true. The Brit led when the bell rang but seemed to go into reserve as three athletes overtook her. Fourth for Meadows. Ukraine's Nataliya Lupu becomes the new European Indoor 800m champion.

  80. 1044: 

    Defending champion, and Team GB captain, Jenny Meadows is walking along her lane, shades on, ahead of the final of the women's 800m. Meadows, of course, was promoted to European Indoor Champion after Yevgeniya Zinurova, who outsprinted Meadows to the title in Paris, was found guilty of doping.

  81. 1039: 

    Mohammed was grimacing as he pumped his legs in the final straight. The Brit also had to contend with Anis Ananenka elbowing him in the ribs as the Belarusian attempted to barge the Brit out of the way. Fourth for the wily Ananenka, though. "I had a tough time with him," admits Mohammed, who finished in 1:49.60.

    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "Mukhtar worked well all winter. We hoped he would have a chance of gaining experience. But he's also showed us he has heart and is a gutsy runner."

  83. 1033: 
    Brit Mohammed grabs 800m bronze

    Poland's Adam Kszczot (1:48.69) defends his title with ease. The Pole was unchallenged as he breezily dashed towards the line. It was Mukhtar Mohammed - former Sheffield Wednesday reserve - who caught the eye, though, with a last-gasp dip to sneak bronze. Spain's Kevin Lopez (1:49.31) took silver.

  84. 1031: 

    The gun has already gone to signal the start of the men's 800m final. Lord Coe was impressed with Mukhtar Mohammed after the Briton's semi-final performance. He's fifth at the bell.

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Allison Curbishley in Gothenburg: "This is now the floodgates open. Perry Shakes- Drayton finally can call herself a senior champion. She was so measured, so composed. We have something special this young lady, at the age of 24 she is a huge prospect."

  86. 1028: 

    European 400m indoor champion Perri Shakes-Drayton on BBC2: "A lot of people were putting gold on me. I'm really pleased and I just hope it will benefit me when it comes to the outdoors, really. I said I can't be too complacent. I just wanted to stay out of trouble. I train in the morning so I'm used to the early starts. I had to wake up extra early just so my body was awake and alert. Hopefully I can be ready for the relay."

  87. 1024: 

    It was a British one-two with Eilidih Child achieving a personal best of 51.42 seconds to secure silver. The Scot was some distance behind peerless Perri (50.85) - who achieved the best time in the world this year. Moa Hjelmer (52.04) will have to make do with a bronze. A National record for the Swede, though. Britain's Shana Cox finished sixth, but it's all about experience for her.

    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport

    "It was so important that Perri set out her target. She knew the dominance to hold and control this race was critical. Eilidh also did a fantastic job. Smooth, aggressive running. Eilidh just had to hang on to Perry. Great one-two."

  89. 1020: 
    Shakes-Drayton wins 400m gold

    Perri Shakes-Drayton immediately reels in Eilidh Child on her outside and leads after the first lap. The Londoner is in front at the final bend and continues to extend her lead as she races over the line. Impressive stuff.

  90. 1017: 

    The finalists for the 400m have removed their tracksuits and are about to get under starters orders. The announcer just announcing the six athletes to the crowd. Seems to be plenty of empty seats around the arena at the moment. "It's good to see that I'm running well," said Perri Shakes-Drayton after her semi-final. " It is indeed.

    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport

    "Yamile has missed some work. It's not easy coming back from injury. I just think she's going to have to hold her form. Hopefully she's recovered."

  92. 1014: 

    Yamile Aldama has just been introduced to the crowd. The Brit waves to the ticket holders before skipping away from the line-up to prepare for the women's triple jump final. Jonathan Edwards has told viewers on BBC2 that he doesn't think it will be a great spectacle, but what does he know about the triple jump. Oh.

  93. 1010: 
    Team GB alert

    The Russians top the medal table with a total of seven precious metals, but Team GB could drag themselves into contention. Maybe. All eyes are on hurdles specialist Perri Shakes-Drayton in the women's 400m. The Londoner sauntered through her heat and semi-final and is favourite for the title. Two other Britons - Shana Cox and Eilidh Child - also compete in the final. Just under five minutes until the ladies head towards the start line.

  94. 1008: 

    It will need to be a magical day for Team GB if they are to achieve the target set by head coach Peter Eriksson of improving on the nine medals won in Paris two years ago. Holly Bleasdale did her bit by becoming European pole vault champion, while James Dasaolu was a nose away from winning gold in the men's 60m which was decided by a photo finish. It was all very exciting. That's two medals in the bag. Will there be more?

  95. 1007: 

    Don't forget you can send your chit chat and musings using the hashtag #bbcathletics or plop us a text on 81111 with ATHLETICS before your message. It's always nice to hear from you.

  96. 1004: 

    As always, there will be live text commentary to guide you through the two sessions but other outlets are also available. Jonathan Edwards and his team-mates will bring you coverage from Gothenburg on BBC2 and there's a Sunday bonus because you can also listen to live coverage on BBC Radio 5 live. It's going to be a marvellous day.

  97. 1002: 

    Don't worry, there is more. Eight finals will be held during the final session and the timetable goes a little something like this:

    Women's 60m Semi-finals (15:30-15:37GMT); Men's pole vault Final (15:33); Women's high jump Final (15:40) Men's long jump Final (16:00); Men's 1000m Heptathlon (16:45); Men's 1500m Final (17:00); Women's 60m Final (17:15); Women's 4x400m relay Final (17:30); Men's 4x400m relay Final (17:45)

  98. 0959: 

    The day will be split into a morning session and an afternoon session. I suppose you'll be wanting to know who goes when so here goes:

    Men's 60 hurdles Heptathlon (10:00-10:07GMT); Women's triple jump Final (from 10:05); Women's shot put Final (from 10:10); Women's 400m Final (10:15); Men's 800m Final (10:30); Women's 800m Final (10:45); Men's pole vault Heptathlon (10:58); Men's 400m Final (11:00); Women's 3000m Final (11:10)

  99. 0950: 

    Hello again and welcome to live text commentary of the final day of the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg. You'll need more than two hands to count the medals on offer on this third day of competition. Fifteen gold medals are currently (probably) being polished frantically to ensure they're ship-shape and shiny when placed around the necks of the recipients. Who will the winners be? I can't tell you, I'm afraid. Mainly because I don't know.

  100. 0945: 

    During the last two days we have experienced drama, tension, and even a little joy. Emotions flowed from anxiety to ecstasy during a theatrical 'jump off', while anger and rage engulfed some as they came to terms with failure. That's sport, I suppose. But there is an end to everything, to good things as well.

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