OWEN SMITH continues to stake his claim for a place at the European Championships just days after mixing it with Britain's elite.

Smith, who hails from Sychdyn, was representing Cardiff at the British Championships last weekend, clinched a sixth placed finish in the 400m after qualifying as the second fastest runner-up.

Having finished behind Martyn Rooney in 47.03 seconds in heat four, Smith took his place in Sunday's final, where he ran an improved time of 46.78, despite the oppressive heat and swirling wind.

Matthew Hudson-Smith won gold in a time of 44.68 with Rabah Yousif Bkheit and Cameron Chalmers taking silver and bronze respectively.

The 23-year-old Smith, who has a personal best time of 46.23, is flying out to Switzerland to compete at Thursday's Diamond League pre-meet in Lausanne, where he will come up against Rooney with a spot in the Great Britain relay team for August's European Championships the target.