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Russia upset the odds to take relay gold

02.08.2010

Only minutes after winning the women’s title, Russia produced another set of one-lap wonders to take their first ever men’s 4x400 relay gold, upsetting the favourites in a close race thanks to a brilliant last leg from individual finallist Vladimir Krasnov.

Krasnov pulled away from Europe’s fastest 400m man, Jonthan Borlée, on the final leg to bring Russia gold in 3:02.14 as individual bronze medallist Martyn Rooney hauled Britain past the Belgian to bring Britain silver in 3:02.25 leaving the favourites third in 3:02.60.

With the 400m gold medallist in their squad – Jonathan’s twin brother Kevin – it was a disappointing end for Belgium but nevertheless their nation’s first medal at this event.

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