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European Athletics Championships 2024: Britons Charlie Dobson and Molly Caudery win medals

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Charlie Dobson took 400m silver to gain his first major individual medal at the European Athletics Championships, as team-mate Molly Caudery won pole vault bronze in Rome.

Dobson, 24, clocked a blistering 44.38 seconds to set a personal best in the final.

But that was not enough to deny Belgium’s Alexander Doom, who triumphed in a championship record 44.15secs.

Gold medal favourite Caudery, crowned world indoor champion in March, could not improve on a second-time clearance at 4.73m, as Switzerland’s Angelica Moser took a surprise victory as the only athlete over 4.78m.

Those medals took Great Britain’s tally to nine following golds for Dina Asher-Smith and the women’s half marathon team on Sunday.

Elsewhere during Monday’s evening session, Laviai Nielsen ran a personal best 50.71secs to finish sixth in the women’s 400m final, in which Ireland’s Rhasidat Adeleke (49.07secs) took silver behind Poland’s Natalia Kaczmarek (48.98secs).

Mark Pearce placed 13th in a time of eight minutes 26.92 seconds in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase final, won by Frenchman Alexis Miellet (8:14.01).

Daryll Neita cruised to victory in her women’s 200m semi-final, confirming her place in Tuesday night’s medal race in a time of 22.51secs.

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