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Tremendous third day for Denmark with two gold medals

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Emel Dereli successfully defended her shot put title at the European Athletics Junior Championships in Ekilstuna on Saturday and she did it in the best possible fashion by once more smashing her national record on this stage.

Dereli, 19, triumphed with a brilliant 18.40m in the third round to keep hold of the gold she won in Rieti two years ago when she also set the national record mark, then with 18.04m.

Germany's Claudine Vita, who had won discus gold the night before, was second with a personal best of 17.13m and Russia's Alyona Bugakova was third with 16.81m.

It was a great day for Türkiye as Sumeyye Erol, 18, ran a personal best to take the field apart as she won the 3000m steeplechase in 10:19.15.

But there was joy for hosts Sweden as Carolina Johnsson took silver (10:28.31) and Finland's Alisa Vainio won bronze (10:30.83).

Denmark's Benjamin Lobo Vedel, 17, found that slight bit extra to win 400m gold but silver was still some achievement for Norway's Karsten Warholm, 19, who took time out from being the leader in the decathlon to win this medal.

Vedel and Warholm were neck and neck in the final 20m, with the Danish star holding on to win by 0.02 (46.48) with Türkiye's Batuhan Altintas third (46.95).

Just under two hours later Warholm was back in the 400m, this time winning the last heat of the event in the decathlon where he had the best overall time of 48.72 to stay in front in the competition overnight with 4239 points from Belarusian Maksim Andraloits (4145) and Jan Dolezal, of the Czech Republic (4143).

Denmark had more gold as Jonas Klojgaard Jensen, 19, won a tremendous high jump with 2.23m on countback from Poland's Dawid Wawrzyniak.

Both men achieved personal bests, with Jensen improving his by three centimetres and Wawrzyniak extending his by eight as Oleksandr Barannikov, of Ukraine, won bronze (2.19m).

Angelica Moser, 18, of Switzerland, did not knock the bar off on her way to gold in the pole vault where she beat the defending champion, Alyona Lutkovskaya, of Russia.

Moser won with 4.35m as Lutkovskaya was second on countback (4.20m) from Poland's Kamila Przybyla.

Moser did try for 4.40m which she missed out on her three attempts but she had a clear run-in to gold with successful first goes at 4.10m, 4.20m, 4.25m and then 4.35m.

After their one-two in the men's 100m, Great Britain repeated the feat in the 200m.

Elliott Powell was the European junior No. 1 (20.68) and he looked in charge from lane three but on the home turn, his teammate Tommy Ramdhan, 18, came through superbly in lane six to take gold.

He won in 20.57 from Powell (20.72) with Norway's Even Meinseth third (20.94).

The women's 200m went the way of Germany's Gina Luckenkemper, 18, who showed real power to beat Britain's Shannon Hylton.

Luckenkemper won (22.41) from Hylton (22.73) with France's Maroussia Pare, giving herself a 19th birthday present to remember with bronze (23.05).

Yet there was more gold for Britain as Josh Kerr, 17, timed his run to perfection as he came storming down the centre of the track to win the men's 1500m (3:49.62) from France's Baptiste Mischler (3:49.88) with Andriy Aliksiychuk, of Ukraine, third (3:50.22).

In the women's 3000m, Germany's Alina Reh, 18, had too much speed for the rest as she won the 3000m (9:12.29) from Spain's Celia Anton (9:16.36) with Denmark's Anna Emilie Moller third in a personal best (9:17.36).

France celebrated gold again as Audrey Ciofani, 19, won the hammer, leading from round three with 66.63m which she improved to 67.20m with her last throw as she beat Beatrice Nedberge Llano, of Norway, who was second (64.76m) and Poland's Katarzyna Furmanek, third (63.80m).

And in the final event of the night, the men's 5000m, Britain banked more gold as Alex George, 19, who had led at the bell before being overtaken, came back to win (14:34.42) from Belgium's Simon Debognies, second (14:34.67), and Italy's Yemaneberhan Crippa, the 2014 SPAR European Cross Country junior champion, third (14:35.39).

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