Euro Champs Flash Interviews, Tuesday 27 July, courtesy of EAA, note by Larry Eder

Mo Farah en route to 3,000m victory, Euro Indoor, 2009, photo by

It is hard not to be ecstatic after winning a medal! But, to me, what is fascinating, is that, in the so called, Mixed Zone, after races, some very thoughtful comments come from athletes who have been involved in a championship situation, where their mental, spiritual and physical selves have been pushed to the limit.

I enjoyed Chris Thompson's comments, but my favorites are Mo Farahs. I hope you enjoy!

Flash Interviews - Tue 27 July

Daniele MEUCCI (ITA) - Bronze Medal
10000m Men Final
"It's my first international medal. I'm very happy. I was here three years ago and it's always a pleasure to come back to Barcelona. I always have a good feeling here. I dedicate this medal to my coach and fiance."
Chris THOMPSON (GBR) - Silver Medal
10000m Men Final
"This is unbelievable. It's a great success for British athletics. It's the first season in a long time that I have competed without injuries and, for me, being second behind Mo Farah is like a gold medal. He's an incredible athlete and no one could beat him tonight so I'm very happy.",
Mo FARAH (GBR) - Winner
10000m Men Final
"The first European gold feels great. It was many years of hard work to achieve this goal. Chris took the lead, it was a fierce competition. I knew I needed to get rid of some of the runners. It's awesome that Chris and me obtained the double. Now I look forward to the 5000m. I need to recover fast, but I've got it going on"
Nadzeya OSTAPCHUK (BLR) - Winner
Shot Put Women Final
"This year I'm in top shape. Today was a very tough qualification due to the incredible heat. But I was sure that I was going to fight for the medal. I'm very happy about my first European outdoor gold. I will celebrate tonight talking to my friends on the phone"
Anna AVDEYEVA (RUS) - Bronze Medal
Shot Put Women Final
"Before the last attempt I was praying. I decided to put all my heart and soul into this sixth attempt. I achieved the performance and yelled like crazy. Now I lost my voice but I won the bronze medal"
Natallia MIKHNEVICH (BLR) - Silver Medal
Shot Put Women Final
"The competition was great. It has been very special to compete in the Olympic Stadium. I'm very satisfied with my result. Before competing I was not sure if I could make it on the podium"
João VIEIRA (POR) - Bronze
20 km Walk Men Final
"I'm satisfied that I was able to repeat my bronze medal from Göteborg 2006. It's a great feeling. The circuit is very fast. I'm very happy"
Alex SCHWAZER (ITA) - Silver
20 km Walk Men Final
"It was a good race. I'm happy with the silver medal. I tried to catch up with Emelyanov but he was in top shape today. Now I hope to recover in time for the 50km Walk"
Stanislav EMELYANOV (RUS) - Winner
20 km Walk Men Final
"I am very happy. It's been a great race for me. The circuit is fast, I liked it"

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