Euro Champs News, Barcelona, Wednesday, First Session, by Alfonz Juck, note by Larry Eder

Alfonz Juck gives us his updates from Barcelona for Day 2 of the European Championships'
morning session...





„I m still missing some titles (smiling), for example European Cup and some others. Still goals set for me in future," Olga Kaniskina after having won now all major titles in athletics.



Kaniskina's winning time of 1:27:44 is the fastest 20Km walk performance in Barcelona as well as fastest in month of July.



Low level of 800 m heats, a time over 1:50 enough to qualify.



Belarus women sprinter did not qualify, 2004 oly winner Yulia Nesterenko and current European leader Alena Nevmerzhitskaya in 100 m heats. Also out Russian newcomer Katsura 11.22 this year and former sub 11 runner Bulgarian Lalova. Top hammer throwers of 70+ category German Klaas and Belarus Tsander and Pchelnik did not qualify.


STATS (by Ken Nakamura)

Women's 20Km walk: In winning 20Km walk this morning, Olga Kaniskina became the first woman walker to win Olympic (2008), World (2007 and 2009) and European Championships. Previously, Olimpiada Ivanova, 2002 European champion, has won 2001 and 2005 WOrld Championships, but she was only second in 2004

Olympics. Her winning margin of 1:11 over Anisya Kirdyapkina was smallest winning margin in Euro 20Km walk. Russia became the first nation to sweep medals (won gold silver and bronze) at the women's walk (including when 10Km walk was contested) in the European Championships. In finishing fourth with 1:29:43, Melanie Seeger of GER became the fastest women 20Km walker from Germany at the European Championships. In finishing fifth with 1:29:52, Beatriz Pascual of Spain became the fastest women's 20Km walker from Spain at the European Championships.



Estimated at 6000.



Steeple: Layes Abdullayeva of Azerbaijan clocked national record 9:40.42 what is also third best ever junior performer in Europe. She is of Ethiopian origin. Third Russian Kuzmina and home Morato were also not expected to be out.


800 m: Dutch Rob Laathouwers was pushed at 200 m to go and was running a significant part of the last curve inside the track. He was disqualified from qualifiying position. Out is top Russian Koldin with 1:45.92 this year.


100 m: Impressive German Sailer and also 1998 Champ Arron advanced.


400mH: Favorites ok, Czech Prorok improved to life-time best first sub 50, he is 12th Czech ever with 49 at the begin.




ATHLETES COMMISSION: On Wednesday started the vote for EA Athletes Commission. It will continue until July 31 in official hotels. All accredited athletes will be able to cast their votes at the polling stations located at the information desks in each of the eight team hotels. Decathlon superstar Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic and reigning Olympic Heptathlon champion Nataliya Dobrynska of the Ukraine are among the 14 athletics stars past and present who are nominated for the European Athletics Athletes Commission election.  The commission, elected every four years, is currently chaired by Swedish High Jump star Stefan Holm and Mikaela Ingberg of Finland. The election results will be announced at the final banquet of the championships on 1 August 2010. This year's nominations in the men's category also include former Pole Vault world champion Rens Blom of the Netherlands, Slovak Hammer specialist Libor Charfreitag (best in qualification), multiple European and World Championships Shot Put medallist Manuel Martinez of Spain, Italian hurdler Laurent Ottoz, Polish 400m specialist Marek Plawgo and Austria's multi-talented runner Gunther Weidlinger. Alongside Dobrynska in the women's category are multiple European, Olympic and World Championships High Jump medallist Kajsa Berqvist of Sweden, Finland's former Javelin star Mikaela Ingberg - a key member of the organising committee of the 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Bulgarian sprinter Ivet Lalova, reigning World Championships Pole Vault silver medallist Monika Pyrek of Poland, former Olympic and world indoor champion in High Jump Yelena Slesarenko of Russia, and British hurdler Tasha Danvers.


UNESCO: European Athletics-UNESCO Young Leaders Forum got underway on Tuesday with speeches from European Athletics President Hansjörg Wirz and a number of all-time great athletes. Olympic gold medallists Sergey Bubka and Gabriella Szabo along with former world record holder Steve Cram addressed more than 100 young people from 46 countries on the values of sport and volunteering at the opening ceremony at the Catalonian National Institute for Physical Education, located near Barcelona's Olympic Stadium where the European Athletics Championships are taking place.


CZE: Czech walker Zuzana Schindlerova did not compete due to sore throat.


NOR: Injury for Norway second 100 m entry Folake Akinyemi. Her participation ended in the worst possible way. Halfway into the race she stopped, took to the thigh and was lying on the track. Finally, she was carried out on a stretcher.


SWEDEN: Swedish Lena Berntsson did not qualify in women 100 m heats, she also competes in weight-lifting and scores top ten positions in Europe there. Steeple runner Ulrika Johansson collapsed in the steeple heat due to hot weather and did not finish the race.



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


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