Farah, Porter and Dasaolu triumph

  • Last Updated: August 14 2014, 8:59 BST

Mo Farah, Tiffany Porter and James Dasaolu were crowned European champions on a night to remember for Great Britain.

Mo Farah strikes gold in Zurich
Mo Farah strikes gold in Zurich

In a thrilling evening of action, the British team got their hands on six medals thanks to some wonderful displays at the Stadion Letzigrund.

Farah started the medal rush by matching 40-year-old Jo Pavey's opening-night 10,000 metres triumph by winning the men's event.

Victory clearly meant a lot to the 31-year-old after a wretched season in which a disappointing London Marathon showing was compounded by missing the Commonwealth Games through illness.

Farah, one of the stars of 'Super Saturday', only revealed the full extent of that illness upon arriving in Zurich, explaining how an infected tooth ended in him collapsing and being airlifted to hospital due to concerns over his heart.

Six weeks on, though, he was back in action and had another gold medal to add to his collection, holding firm under pressure to win in 28 minutes 08.11 seconds - just ahead of British team-mate Andy Vernon.

"It meant a lot to me," Farah, European champion over the distance in 2010, said.

"I was really ill a few weeks ago but training has gone well. Winning the European Championships again really does mean a lot to me.

"I didn't want to let people down after missing the Commonwealth Games - it hasn't been easy.

"I won the 5,000m and 10,000m double in Barcelona in 2010 and I won one title in Helsinki two years ago. Now I'm excited for the 5,000m and I hope to run well again."

Farah celebrated with his now customary 'Mobot' pose and a hug from Usain Bolt, as well as a lap of honour with the Union flag draped over his and silver medallist Vernon's shoulders.

"This medal, it is a lot of work, months and years," Vernon said. "You've got to get up on all those cold and rainy mornings for training. It takes a lot of motivation."

The success in the 10,000m proved just the start for the British team, who were soon celebrating a podium finish in the women's 100m.

Teenager Desiree Henry and Ashleigh Nelson both made the final, underlining the impressive strides made in British sprinting of late, with the latter winning bronze in 11.22secs.

Porter followed up that success by securing the 100m hurdles crown soon after, winning her shootout with Cindy Billaud to take gold just weeks after missing out on the Commonwealth Games crown.

"I'm thrilled to get my first gold medal," the 26-year-old said after crossing the line in 12.76. "I'm at a loss for words. I've had medals before but not a gold.

"At the beginning of the season my aim was to win my first gold medal and I'm very happy I was able to achieve that and run a race that allowed me to do so."

The British success was capped off in the final race of the night, with Dasaolu completing a medal-laden day by earning the title of Europe's fastest man.

The 26-year-old impressed in the 100m semi-finals and, while the sub-10 run he threatened did not arrive, his time of 10.06 was enough to earn gold.

"It's great to be the European champion," Dasaolu said after a lengthy - and deserved - lap of honour. "I'm still trying to take it all in.

"I didn't have a great start but I battled through so I'm happy. Track and field always has lots of ups and downs - I've had my hamstring injury but fast forward to Zurich in August and I'm the European champion.

"It's a lovely thing to get my first senior outdoor gold medal, I'm just going to enjoy it. I wasn't sure if I was going to be here at the beginning of the year."

Behind Dasaolu and Christophe Lemaitre were the British duo of Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and Dwain Chambers, with the former edging out the 36-year-old to secure bronze after keeping his cool following a yellow card warning for twitching in the blocks.

"I've got my medal, I'm kind of speechless,'' Aikines-Aryeetey said. "Congratulations to James - we've done what we needed to do and we grew up together, so this is great. This is a landmark moment for me."