Lemaitre dazzles in 100M

Frenchman clocks 10.11 secs to clinch gold; Elvan shines in 10,000M

Lemaitre dazzles in 100M

In the narrowest of photo-finishes, the next four athletes were all given the same time but there was no denying the Frenchman his gold.  By contrast, Turkey's Elvan Abeylegesse enjoyed a clear-cut win in the women's 10,000 metres, destroying the field with her front-running to win by more than 12 seconds.

In all, six titles were decided on the second day of the championships. Lemaitre powered ahead over the final part of the 100 after a poor start to win in 10.11 seconds.  His rivals were also left in his wake after the finish as they had to wait for the decision of a photo finish while the 20-year-old Frenchman enjoyed his lap of honour, soaking up the admiration of the crowd at the half-empty Olympic stadium.

After what must have seemed an eternity to the athletes Britain's Mark Lewis-Francis was declared second in 10.18. Frenchman Martial Mbandjock (third), 2006 champion Francis Obikwelu (fourth) and pre-race favourite Dwain Chambers of Britain (fifth) were all given the same time of 10.18.

Earlier on the track as darkness started to fall, European record holder Abeylegesse took the first step towards a distance double with her comprehensive 10,000 victory.  The Ethiopian-born Turk, who also plans to run the 5,000, set a relentless pace and destroyed the field, which included 2006 champion Inga Abitova of Russia, to win in 31 minutes 10.23 seconds.

Abitova moved into second ahead of a tiring Jessica Augusto on the penultimate lap to take the silver in 31:22.83, leaving the Portuguese to settle for bronze.  Latvian Ineta Radevica was so happy she wanted to dance after upsetting the form book to win long jump gold from Portugal's Naide Gomes by virtue of a better second-best distance. Both athletes leaped 6.92 metres but Radevica's next-best effort was 6.87 compared to 6.68 from Gomez.

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