Rooney leads GB one-two

Martyn Rooney, right, and Matthew Hudson-Smith were among the medals in the 400 metres

Martyn Rooney, right, and Matthew Hudson-Smith were among the medals in the 400 metres

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Martyn Rooney recovered from the disappointment of missing out on a Commonwealth medal by leading home a British one-two at the European Championships, where teenager Matthew Hudson-Smith underlined his undoubted talent by taking 400 metres silver.

Having won all three semi-finals, there had always looked a strong chance of British success over this distance at the Stadion Letzigrund.

The fact Belgium's Jonathan Borlee did not start increased those odds of success and they did not disappoint, despite a jittery start from Hudson-Smith.

It had looked like the 19-year-old, who so impressively anchored England to 4x400m glory in Glasgow, would not have a shot at glory for a false start but, after a nervy wait, he avoided disqualification.

Hudson-Smith was instead shown a yellow card for not being stable in the set position - a punishment that did not appear to distract him.

The teenager produced a wonderful race, setting a new personal best of 44.75 seconds to win silver behind team-mate Rooney's European lead of 44.71secs.

It was the 27-year-old's first gold medal at a major championship and one which bodes well for the future.

Hopes of a British one-two-three did not come to fruition as 32-year-old Conrad Williams crossed the line fifth, while another of the British team's older members finished outside the medals in the women's event.

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