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Gemili powers into 200m final

The ever-impressive Adam Gemili did not disappoint in the 200 metres semi-finals, with the British sprinter qualifying quicker than any of his rivals for the European crown.

The ever-impressive Adam Gemili did not disappoint in the 200 metres semi-finals, with the British sprinter qualifying quicker than any of his rivals for the European crown.

Two weeks on from winning silver over half that distance at the Commonwealth Games, the 20-year-old former footballer looks well placed to add another medal to his collection.

Gemili laid down the gauntlet to his European rivals by following up this morning's fastest time in the heats by running quicker than anyone else in securing a place in Friday's final.

The Londoner looked comfortable as he crossed the line in 20.23 seconds and well capable of going even quicker in search of a podium finish.

"It takes you by surprise how quickly you are winning," Gemili told the BBC.

"It's a very good track but championship running is about saving energy. I slowed down and I've got more to show.

"I'm still only 20, still relatively new and the more I do that the more I can contend for a medal.

"Everyone in the final is a competitor. Myself and Christophe [Lemaitre] are the quickest qualifying but I'll go out there and run my hardest."

Gemili will be the only British representative in the final after James Ellington missed out by less than a hundredth of a second.

The 28-year-old finished fifth in the first semi-final in 20.52secs - the same time managed by Poland's Karol Zalewski.

It meant the last fastest loser spot for the final went down to thousandths of a second, with Ellington eventually eked out after a 29-minute wait.

Things were far more straightforward in the women's 200m, with all three sprinters stylishly securing automatic qualification to the final.

Bianca Williams, ranked third in Europe over the distance, followed favourite Dafne Schippers home in the second semi-final, before Commonwealth silver medallist Jodie Williams won her semi with ease.

The fastest of the trio was Dina Asher-Smith, whose wonderful day got even better in the first semi-final of the evening.

Having this morning come agonisingly close to a personal best an hour after finding out she got into King's College, the 18-year-old smashed her best time by crossing the line in 22.61s - a new a British junior record.

"I just really couldn't have asked for much more out of this day," Asher-Smith told the BBC.

"I'm going into the final fit and I feel I can go faster than I did as I slowed down at the end.

"When I saw the time maybe I've dipped under the junior record and I have. I'm over the moon. I can't wait to see what happens tomorrow."