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AFD's Andy Vernon claims silver in British one-two

Aldershot, Farnham & District athlete Andy Vernon claimed a superb silver medal at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich on Wednesday, coming in behind compatriot Mo Farah

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Silver medalist Andy Vernon holds aloft the Union flag with defending champion Mo Farah after their one-two finish in the Men's 10,000m of the European Athletics Championships in Zurich

Andy Vernon enjoyed his finest hour after taking double Olympic champion Mo Farah the distance in the Mens' 10,000m final of the European Athletics Championships in Zurich on Wednesday night.

The Aldershot, Farnham & District athlete, who was sixth at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, produced an excellent display to take the silver medal in a season's best time of 28:08.66.

Vernon, 28, led the chasing pack in pursuit of the dominant Farah, who hit the front for the first time with seven laps to go, but didn't start to pull away from the field until the final-lap bell.

As Farah tried to accelerate on the final bend he was matched stride for stride by Turkish athlete Ali Kaya until the Brit pulled away down the closing straight.

As a result Kaya fell away and the resurgent Vernon nipped in to pass him on the line for his best ever individual result.

The one-two completed a show of dominance for Great Britain at the event, with 40-year-old Jo Pavey taking gold in the Women's 10,000m on Tuesday night.

And it also continued a proud trend for the Aldershot, Farnham & District club, who also celebrated a silver medal in Barcelona four years ago when team-mate Chris Thompson finished second...behind Mo Farah!


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