Corby’s Sharman takes silver in Zurich

William Sharman

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Corby’s William Sharman claimed the silver medal in the final of the 110m hurdles at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich.

The 29-year-old, who grew up in Northamptonshire, looked to be on course for gold until he clattered the seventh and eighth hurdles as defending champion Sergey Shubenkov retained his title in a time of 13.19.

Sharman held off Dimitri Bascou to take the silver in 13.27 while the pre-race favourite Pascal Martinot-Lagarde had to settle for fourth.

Sharman’s effort came after he had qualified in a personal best time of 13.16 when winning his semi-final.

There was a sense of disappointment after he crossed the line but the medal completes an impressive season, which also saw him claim silver in the Commonwealth Games at the end of last month.

Sharman said: “It’s mixed emotions because I knew I was in the lead.

“I know where Shubenkov is good, I study all my opposition. I know where I am stronger and I didn’t expect to be in the lead in the middle section of the race. But I dominated it from the start.

“That’s why I was gutted because I could have done more.

“But, going into this, I was bronze medal hopeful with Pascal being the favourite and Shubenkov the second favourite.

“I am taking my times down all the time and there is still more to come as we can see from that final.

“I was quite tired having run a personal best not long before. When your body is drained and the chips are down, you still have to try to produce your best result and I almost did.”