Mo Farah Takes Gold!, Euro Champs News, Barcelona, Tuesday PM Session, GB Goes 1-2 in 10,000m, Belarus, 1-2 in W Shot!, by Alfonz Juck, Note by Larry Eder

Mo Farah, Torino 2009, 3,000 m, photo by

Our man in Barcelona, Alfons Juck, continues to provide us with great stuff on the first real day of the European Champs! Congrats to Mo Farah and Chris Thompson, who went 1-2 in the men's 10,000 meters, finishing with laps in 56-57, and some serious negative split runnin(14:38/13:46), Farah sealed his win with a last 300 meters in 46 seconds and Thompson had to fight all of the way, moving up to silver at the finish line! 






„I will celebrate tonight talking to my friends on the phone," shot put winner Nadezhda Ostapchuk.

„I would have a cup of tee if that would be possible during the race, I felt so comfortable," Mariya Savinova after her 800 m heat.



Britons last lap in the 10 000 m, Thompson at 56 and Farah at 57 seconds.



German shot putters with no medals, Petra Lammert only 6th and Nadine Kleinert 7th.



10 000 m: Spanish Ayad Lamdassem running last laps with eventual winner Farah lost his silver in last 100 m. Title defender Fitschen only 12th.


STATS (by Ken Nakamura)

Men´s 10000m: Mo Farah became the fiirst British runner to win 10000m in the  European Championships.  The British runners finished first and second, first 1-2 finish since Italian had done so in 1986 (in fact Italian swept the medal in 1986). The first Km split of 2:59.70, as well as 2Km, 3, 4 and 5Km split (14:38.10) were all very slow. In fact, splits for 1,2,3,4,and 5Km are slower than any race since and including 1950 European Championships. The winning time of 28:24.99 was the slowest winning time since 1974 edition of Euro Championships.

Men´s 100m: First round heat time of 10.19 by Christophe Lemaitre tied the fastest first round time of 10.19 by Pietro Mennea in 1978 and Max Moriniere in 1990.

Women´s 800m: 1:58.89 by Svetlana Klyuka is the fastest first round time ever, eclipsing the previous fastest first round time of 1:59.96 by Tatyana Providokhina from 1978.  However, it should be noted that Providokhina´s time was recorded in three rounds scenario while Klyuka have only heat and the final. Yuliya Krevsun did not qualify for the final despite running

1:59.44 in heat 2. This is the fastest ever time that failed to qualify for the final of 800m at the European Championships. The previous fastest non qualifying time was 2:00.08 by Diane Modahl in 1998.

Women´s SP:  BLR finished 1-2 to match their 1-2 finish four years ago. 20.48 by Ostapchuk is the farthest throw by Belarus shot putter in the European Championships.



Estimated at 10 000.





100 M: Top favorites running into similar head-wind. Chambers 10.21 against -1.5 and Lemaitre 10.19 against -1.4. Impressive also Saidy Ndure 10.31 against -1.6. Paralympian Jason Smyth of Ireland qualified into the semifinals.

HJ: Enough 223 in first, in some cases also 223 in second.

800 m: Surprise from Mayte Martinez who came here with 2:05 this season and clocked 1:59.12 season best to qualify on time. Two Brits and two Russians into the finals, first big final for Slovak Klocova.

JT: World junior champ Rebryk of Ukraine out. 56.55 enough to qualify.

TJ: Big fight is expected, Tamgho windy 17.37, Idowu legal 17.10, but Kuznyetsov 17.22 and Compaore 17.19 were better.





FRANCE: Christophe Lemaitre confirmed for French media that he will run also the 200 m where he is list leader and clocked European U23 record 20.16 at national championships.


BELGIUM: Left foot injury was responsible that Monder Rizki gave up the 10 000 m race. He could not reach the 5 km mark.


GERMANY: High jump star Ariane Friedrich says: „The Creme de la Creme of our event is competing here, only US Chaunte Howard is missing,." The European indoor champion pointed out that a two metres result could be enough only for fourth or fifth place.


NORWAY: Javelin world leader and title defender Andreas Thorkildsen informs on his twitter. Finally got my new Li Ning javelin shoes. Made in Norwegian colors for European champs.


CZECH REPUBLIC: Javelin legend Jan Zelezny who is currently IOC Member, Czech team javelin coach and Ostrava meeting director said after his arrival to Barcelona. „I visited the stadium it looks similar as in 1992 when I won here my first olympic gold. I consider this stadium as one of the nicest in the world. It is nearly 20 years after the games and all looks in good shape. And we know how difficult it is to keep the main olympic stadiums after the games, I m remembering Atlanta. It is nice to be here again," said Zelezny who´s athlete Jarmila Klimesova qualified to finals. But his main expectations are in men competition with Petr Frydrych and Vitezslav Vesely aiming for high positions.


SPAIN: Spain as running top country selected for 1500 m the trio veteran Reyes Estevez, Manuel Olmedo and Arturo Casado. Not running from entered are Alvaro Rodriguez and Juan Carlos Higuero.


100 M WOMEN: In Wednesday heats two past stars will be competing in the same third heat. European record holder and 1998 winner from Budapest Christine Arron of France with 2004 olympic winner Yulia Nesterenko of Belarus.


TURKEY: Turkish double olympic medalist Elvan Abeylegesse is reportedly beeing in great shape and plans for a double. Observers are saying she might have the possibility to achieve marks at European record level but at the championships without pacemakers that does not look as a possibility. But as reported by Turkish media she had a difficult travel. On Monday in a car accident she escaped save and healthy but missed her connections. So the president of her club in Turkey offered a private plane and helped.



Pavel Voronkov and Ricky Simms 1 gold medal, walking winner is not agent bound.

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