Harry Aikines-Aryeetey helped the Great Britain and Northern Ireland team to sit third following the first day of finals at the European Team Championships in Lille.

After claiming maximum points in the 100m, the world, European and Commonwealth relay medallist returned to the track to also anchor the 4x100m team to victory for two of GB’s six wins on Saturday.

Germany tops the standings with 166 points after 21 of the 40 finals, with Poland in second on 150.50 points ahead of Britain with 144.50.

A strong finish secured Aikines-Aryeetey his success in the 100m as the Briton clocked 10.21 for a run that should serve as a welcome confidence boost ahead of next weekend’s British Athletics World Championships Team Trials. Germany’s Julian Reus was second with 10.27 ahead of European champion Churandy Martina of Netherlands with 10.30.

A short while later Aikines-Aryeetey teamed up with Chijindu Ujah, Zharnel Hughes and Danny Talbot to storm to success in the sprint relay, their time of 38.08 an impressive championship record and enough to see them finish clear ahead of Germany with 38.30 and France with 38.68.

“It was nice to cap off my third race of the weekend with a championship record with these guys,” said Aikines-Aryeetey, who had been among those to race on a first evening of heats action on Friday. “You can see the joy in our faces because we’ve come together and we’re working hard.

“We really are putting in the practice and it’s a passionate thing for us right now.”

The GB women’s sprint relay squad didn’t enjoy the same level of success as a failed third exchange meant the team did not finish. The race was won by Germany in a 42.47 championship record from Poland’s 43.07.

Source: AW