Eilidh Child and Lynsey Sharp lead from the front

Eilidh Child controlled her semi-final and was the fastest qualifier. Lynsey Sharp, below, also won her semi-final
Eilidh Child controlled her semi-final and was the fastest qualifier. Lynsey Sharp, below, also won her semi-final
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Eilidh Child looks well placed to go one better than her Commonwealth Games silver, having yet again bossed the 400 metres hurdles field in qualifying for the European Championships final in Zurich.

The 27-year-old qualified fastest from the heats on Wednesday and then again from the semi-finals yesterday. 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 said. “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 tomorrow, when she will follow Edinburgh’s 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.”