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Edoburun and Swoboda swoop for 100m gold

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In the space of 10 minutes at the European Athletics Junior Championships in Eskilstuna this afternoon, Ojie Edoburun and Ewa Swoboda confirmed their brilliant talent by winning the men's and women's 100m races.

Edoburun, 19, of Great Britain, triumphed in 10.36 and Poland's Swoboda, 17, took gold in 11.52 to rubberstamp their potential for a big future.

It is proving a brilliant year for Edoburun, who has already finished third in the senior national championships and defended the title for his nation after Chijindu Ujah won it in Rieti in 2013.

He was always the favourite and from the gun there was only one winner as Edoburun burst out of lane four to triumph to power home with his superb strength, to beat fellow Briton Joseph Dewar, second in 10.46, with delight for Sweden as Emil von Barth won the host country's first medal in third in 10.64.

And Edoburun knows just where this gold medal can take him.

He said: “It feels really good that I have finally won my first title. I got silver (at the world youths) in Donetsk two years ago and I feel like I’ve grown a lot since then.

'Everyone who has won this champs since 2009 has gone sub-10, so maybe it’s a sign of things to come. Whether it’s this year or next year, it definitely will come if I keep progressing and stay injury free.'

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The three previous champions have been France's Christophe Lemaitre and Jimmy Vicaut before Ujah two years ago and Edoburun will now look to make the next step.

As Europe's fastest junior this year with 10.25 - he has a personal best of 10.16 - he wore the specially-coloured name tag on his vest and lived up to his season's form.

“I was excited when I got the blue bib,' said Edoburun. 'But I just didn’t read into what comes with it. The pressure and expectation, I know what I am capable of - I just wanted to stick to what my coach told me, execute and bring the gold home.'

There was tension at the finish as the scoreboard showed the first two before von Barth's name flashed up third as he denied Britain a cleansweep with Reuben Arthur fourth in 10.67.

'I have the medal and I could not be prouder of myself,' said von Barth. 'But I am actually lost for words.'

Swoboda called her glory a 'dream' as, running from lane five, she held off the challenge of Germany's Lisa Mayer who was second in 11.52 with Russian Kristina Sivkova third in 11.68.

Fifth at the IAAF World Junior Championships last summer, she has built on making the 60m final at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Prague in March, where she was eighth in a Polish national record of 7.20.

'I feel so happy,' said Swoboda. 'I felt so much pressure and the gold medal is a dream.'

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She packs such a punch when she runs, flying out of the blocks and maintaining her consistency throughout each stage of the race and it has brought such glorious reward.

Mayer was delighted with second place too and said: 'When I came to Eskilstuna, I planned for the 200m and now I end up a 100m medallist. It is fantastic.'

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