Euro Champs News, Barcelona, Tuesday First Session, by Alfonz Juck

Saransk, coat of arms (1994)

Saransk, Mordovia, Coat of Arms, Image via Wikipedia

The Europeans awarded their first gold medal earlier this morning in the men's 20k to Stanislav Emelyanov. Emelyanov, in only his third race, coached by the famous Viktor Chegin, negative splitted in the hot conditions, 40:14 for the first 10, 39:56 for the second. Considering that Chegin's athletes, all from Saransk, won medals in all four walks in Berlin in 2009, any athlete, even Emelyanov, who was racing outside of Russia for the first time (this is his third career race as a walker!). The coat of arms to the right is that of Saransk, which is in Mordovia. It is the defacto race walking capital of the world! (Coat of Arms courtesy of Wikipedia).






„I did not had any special tactics, just followed the plan we had with my coach. The pace which was set was enough to win," by Emelyanov after winning the first gold of the event for All-Sport.



1:20:10 by Stanislav Emelyanov (from Saransk coached by famous Viktor Chegin), in his only third race and first outside of Russia at the distance, in solo, in hot weather, second half faster than first (40:14 - 39:56).



High quality long jump qualification. Out 2002 Eurochamp Kotova and 2009 Euroindoorchamp Balta, in Renstrom of Norway with 668 NR and Slovak Medgyesova (in the past succesfull high jump junior, now as mother only part time athlete) 666. Three athletes with 660+ did not qualify. But former heptathlon hero Kluft yes after recieving wild-card from Swedish Federation.



2004 olympic winner Brugnetti did not finish 20 km walk after 46 minutes into the race, two Belarus hammer throwers and German Esser out in hammer, Czech Vera Cechlova 2005 world medalist out after no throw in discus qualification, olympic fourth placer Rabchenyuk out in 400 m hurdles heats, but she was not in shape of 2008.


STATS (by Ken Nakamura)

Natalya Antyukh ran the fastest ever time in the first round heat of women´s 400mH. Her time, 54.29, bettered the record of 54.68 by Marina Stepanova from 1986. It is also better than 54.50 recorded by Silvia Rieger in 1998 in the first round when only two rounds were contested. Croatian Nikolina Horvat ran fastest non-qualifiying time 56.64 at Europan Championships from heats.

Russian Stanislav Emelyanov became the first to win World Youth Championships at 10Km walk (2007), World Junior Championships at 10Km walk (2008) and now European Championships at 20Km Walk. Previously Shchennikov, Markov, and Fernandez have won world junior and Euro champ, but not World Youth.

Irene Pusterla jumped 6.62m in the women's LJ, but did not qualify, it is the longest non-qualifier in the history of ECh.



Estimated at 4000.







FINLAND: Steeple title defender Jukka Keskisalo will not run in Barcelona. He injured his lower back in Lapinlahti earlier this month and hasn't been able to run at all after that.


RUSSIA: 20 km world champ Valeriy Borchin did not travel to Barcelona because of injured foot. It happened one week before the Championships in training. Naitonal walking coach Aleksey Melnikov said for All-Sport there still was a hope and final decision was at last training some days before the departure.


TV: Former hurdles world record holder and now BBC correspondent Colin Jackson has named his five-to-watch athletes for the European championships in Barcelona. Jackson especially has his eyes on French sprint sensation Christophe Lemaitre as well as Jenny Meadows, David Greene, Petr Svoboda and Chris Thompson.


BELGIUM: Belgian 400m specialist Jonathan Borlée doesnt feel he is a favourite to win the Gold in Barcelona. After finishing a training camp in the south of France the Borlee twins feel ready to compete but will take it one race at a time they said at a press conference in Barcelona.


GREAT BRITAIN: Dwain Chambers believes a sub-ten second time may be needed to secure gold in Wednesday's keenly anticipated men's 100m final.


400 M: Two runners in the same heat did not finish the race because of hamstring injury. Austrian Clemens Zeller with this years improved to 45.69 (but he knew before there is a problem) and Slovak Champion Peter Znava who was surprised with what happened to him.


NETHERLANDS:  800 meters title defender Bram Som will not run because of illness. He arrived on Monday to Barcelona with a fever. On Tuesday after consultation with  the doctor, the technical director of the Dutch team's coaching staff they decided not to run. He had at 1 pm 39.6. degrees. „This is very frustrating, I was so focused and in shape," said Som for Also out of the team is marathon runner Robert Ton because of a hamstring problem.


GREECE: Not throwing due to elbow injury will be Greek javelin representative Spiridon Lebesis. He won this year the national title and improved to 82.90.

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