Child sets sights on European gold

Eilidh Child has European gold in her sights

Eilidh Child has European gold in her sights

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Eilidh Child looks well placed to go one better than her Commonwealth Games silver this week, having yet again bossed the 400 metres hurdles field in qualifying for the European Championships final.

The 27-year-old was the poster girl of Glasgow 2014, where two weeks ago she just missed out on the crown at Hampden Park.

There have been no signs of a hangover in Zurich, though, as she qualified fastest from the heats on Wednesday and then again from the semi-finals.

Child crossed the line in 54.71 seconds and clearly had more left in the tank, cruising to the line with victory already assured.

"My coach just said to do what I did (on Wednesday), but finish it off because I knew girls would be closer to me," she told the BBC. "I'm happy with that.

"Having the inside draw, it's nice to know what's going on. Ultimately I've got to concentrate on my own race, but it's nice to know where everyone is when you're coming down the home straight.

"I'm just trying to enjoy every race. The Commonwealths was amazing and I'm just loving coming out here and racing again."

Child has a day's rest before the final on Saturday, when she will follow reigning 800m champion Lynsey Sharp and Jessica Judd onto the track.

Having seen Alison Leonard, the fastest qualifier from the heats, fail to finish the first semi-final after a knock, the British pair avoided such issues by controlling their race.

Commonwealth silver medallist Sharp and Judd led from the outset, with the former winning the semi in two minutes 01.32 secs and teenager Judd following home in third.

"I felt really good, as strong as usual," Sharp said. "I tried to stay calm and just run my own race so that's why I was running from the front.

"It makes a massive difference when you're running with confidence - I'm a different athlete to when I won the European title two years ago in Helsinki so I'm hoping to build on that."

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