Rhona Auckland wins bronze in Euro 10,000 metres

Rhona Auckland now has a silver medal to add to her Euro Under-23 cross-country gold

Rhona Auckland now has a silver medal to add to her Euro Under-23 cross-country gold

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Edinburgh University’s Rhona Auckland captured the silver medal in a thrilling 10,000 metres final in the European Under-23 Championships in Tallin, Estonia last night.

Already the European Under-23 Cross Country champion from earlier this year, Auckland made a brave bid to complete the double and pushed the pace after 8000 metres in an attempt to shake off the attentions of Dutch star Jip Vastenburg, who was the clear favourite with a much faster time of 31 minutes 35 seconds.

But Vastenburg fought back to overtake her with 150 metres to go and went on to win in 32:18.69 with Auckland rewarded with personal best of 32:22.79 and fellow Briton Alice Wright taking the bronze in 32:46.57.

“I’m really pleased with that,” said Auckland.

“Winning the European Cross Country gave me belief that I could take it on and have the strength so I went for it - I was pleased I gave it a go and to get a PB I know I couldn’t have given it any more.”

Scotland’s Fiona McAslan is through to today’s 400 metres final after clocking a personal best of 52.13 secs in her heat.