Dasaolu caps good night for Britain

Great Britain's James Dasaolu claimed gold in the 100m

Great Britain's James Dasaolu claimed gold in Zurich

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James Dasaolu completed a night to remember for Great Britain by earning the title of Europe's fastest man.

Wednesday always looked like it could be a medal-laden day for the British team and it has not disappointed, with six medals arriving on a wonderful night of athletics in Zurich.

First Mo Farah returned to the track after illness to win 10,000m gold ahead of team-mate Andy Vernon, then 23-year-old Ashleigh Nelson won bronze in the 100m.

The medal rush continued as Tiffany Porter won her battle with French record-holder Cindy Billaud to take the 100m hurdles, before Dasaolu and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey rounded things off in the last event of the night.

"I'm thrilled to get my first gold medal," Porter said after crossing the line in 12.76. "I'm at a loss for words. I've had medals before but not a gold.

"At the beginning of the season my aim was to win my first gold medal and I'm very happy I was able to achieve that and run a race that allowed me to do so."

Despite starting this season late due to injury, Dasaolu has consistently finished around the 10-second mark and sent a warning shot to his European rivals by beating reigning champion Christophe Lemaitre in the semi-final.

The 26-year-old again had the better of the Frenchman in the Letzigrund Stadium finale, finishing seven hundredths of a second ahead of him in a time of 10.06 seconds.

Behind Lemaitre were the British duo of Aikines-Aryeetey and Dwain Chambers, with the former edging out the 36-year-old to secure bronze after keeping his cool following a yellow card warning for twitching in the blocks.

"It's great to be the European champion," Dasaolu said after a lengthy - and deserved - lap of honour. "I'm still trying to take it all in.

"I didn't have a great start but I battled through so I'm happy. Track and field always has lots of ups and downs - I've had my hamstring injury but fast forward to Zurich in August and I'm the European champion.

"It's a lovely thing to get my first senior outdoor gold medal, I'm just going to enjoy it. I wasn't sure if I was going to be here at the beginning of the year."

Aikines-Aryeetey was similarly thrilled with his third-place finish on a damp night at the Stadion Letzigrund.

"I've got my medal, I'm kind of speechless," the 25-year-old said. "Congratulations to James - we've done what we needed to do and we grew up together, so this is great.

"This is a landmark moment for me. I've been through so many tough injuries so big thanks to everyone who's helped me through. I just want to hug everyone right now."

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