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Double act: Twins foxing Euro crowds in same race

Fans at the European championships could be forgiven for thinking they were seeing double during Tuesday's men's 400m heats when identical Belgian twins Jonathan and Kevin Borlee won their races.

Jonathan is the fastest man in Europe this season in the event, with a best time of 44.77 seconds, and Kevin also has realistic hopes of winning a medal.

Asked if he thought they were favourites, Kevin, the younger of the two by five minutes, replied: "He must be! Yeah we have a good chance to do something good here, and with the 4x4 (relay) too.

"We have a lot of help from our family. We'll just try to stay focused on the championship and we (will) see what can happen in the final.

"I hope it's one of us," Kevin added.

Twins have competed at major athletics champion-ships before. Sweden's Susanna Kallur won the European 100m hurdles title in 2006 and her sister Jenny finished seventh.

The 22-year-old Borlee brothers are practically inseparable, training and socialising together, and sharing a hotel room for the championships.

"We are almost always together. We train and always did that since we were little kids," Kevin said.

The men's 400m final is on Friday.