BARCELONA (AFP) Britains Mo Farah stormed to victory in the final of the mens 10,000m at the European Champions with compatriot Chris Thompson finishing in silver. The pair were hot favourites going into the event in Barcelona but they did not have it all their own way. Farah was able to race clear in the final lap to finish with a time of 28:24.99, while in the sprint for the line behind him Thompson came in narrowly ahead of Daniele Meucci. The first European gold feels great and it has taken many years of hard work to achieve this goal, said Farah. Chris (Thompson) took the lead and it was a fierce competition where I knew I had to get rid of some of the runners. Its awesome that Chris and I got the double. Now I am looking forward to the 5,000m and I need to recover fast, said Farah. Elsewhere, Belarus continued their domination of the womens shotput as they took gold and silver, a repeat of four years ago. A tight competition was expected but Nadzeya Ostapchuk finished out in front with a throw of 20.48m almost a metre ahead of second-placed Natallia Mikhnevich and Russian Anna Avdeyeva produced a seasons best to take silver. Ostapchuk brought her excellent form this season, which sees her currently lead the world rankings. There was disappointment for her veteran compatriot Yanina Pravalinskay-Karolchyk, a former Olympic champion, who finished fourth. This morning Russian Stanislav Emelyanov produced an upset in the mens 20km walk to take the first gold of the event and push favourite Alex Schwazer of Italy into second. The 19-year-old is the latest walker to emerge from the successful Russian production line and finished with a time of 1:20.10, ahead of Schwazer and Joao Viera, who repeated his bronze medal in Gothenburg. Britains Dwain Chambers said it would take a sub-ten second run to win the mens 100m and it certainly looks like it will be a close finish between him and Frances Christophe Lemaitre. Chambers beat Lemaitre at a meeting in Bergen last month, but since then Lemaitre has recorded the fastest time in Europe this season and became the first white man to dip below ten seconds with the clock stopping at 9.98sec. The Frenchman was quickest in the first round of the heats with a time of 10.19sec while Chambers, easing off, came in first in his heat just two hundreds of a second slower. It is by no means a two-horse race, though, as Portugals Francis Obikwelu and Norways Jaysuma Saidy Ndure will also be in the frame. In-form Russian Mariya Savinova is safely through to the final of the womens 800m after winning her heat comfortably. The 24-year-old recorded a personal best of 1:57.56 recently, the best by any athlete in the world this year. While team-mate Svetlana Klyuka is a serious threat, the main rival for gold is likely to come from Britains Jemma Meadows, who won bronze last year at the World Championships. She also took silver this year at the World Indoor Championships in Doha. Following the retirement of reigning champion Steffi Nerius there will be a new name who wins gold in the womens javelin and Czech Barbora Spotakova is desperate to claim the one major title that she is missing. The current Olympic champion, former world champion and world record holder took silver in 2006. Tuesday, she qualified for the final in first place with a throw of 65.56m. The ever-consistent German Christina Obergfoll qualified in second while Russian Mariya Abakumova, whose form has dropped in recent months, finished third. Russia are leading the way in the mens High Jump and both Aleksandr Shustov and Ivan Ukhov finished first in their groups ahead of the final. In the mens triple jump Teddy Tamgho of France was reluctant to call himself a favourite for the event despite beating his closest rivals recently. He has qualified in first place for the final on Thursday, though, with a jump of 17.37m. Britains Phillips Idowu has had a quiet season following on from his gold winning performance in the World Championships in Berlin last summer and qualified down in fourth place.