The European Athletics Championships kicked off this Monday at the Munich Olympic Stadium, the scene of the 1972 Games and the European Championships 20 years ago. Now, on the fourth day of competition, the Spanish delegation faces a new opportunity to continue adding metals to an already brilliant medal table: two golds, three silvers and one bronze; only behind the eight medals from Germany and the seven from the United Kingdom. This Thursday, Spain seeks to enlarge its win count:
Thiam, the queen of the heptathlon
Thiam remains the continental queen of the heptathlon. Crowned world champion in Eugene a month ago, Namuroise won her second consecutive title at the European Championships in Athletics on Thursday. The Belgian, Olympic champion and reigning world champion, won comfortably with 6,628 points ahead of Poland’s Adrianna Sulek (6,532 pts) and Switzerland’s Annik Kalin (6,515).
Gold for locals in the 5000m
After a great performance in which he had to overcome several places, Konstanze Klosterhalfen prevailed in 14m 50.47s, clearly ahead of Can from Turkey (14m 56.91s) and Eilish McColgan from Great Britain (1m 59.34s), in the women’s 5000m event.
Mario García Romo hangs the bronze
The Spanish athlete Mario García Romo got on the podium of the 1,500 in the European Championship that is being held at the Munich Olympic, with a bronze, always following in the footsteps of the champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen. García Romo, who was fourth in the World Championships last month in Oregon, achieved a time of 3m 34.88s to win his first international medal at the age of 23 and the seventh for Spanish athletics in Munich. The also Spanish Gonzalo García and Ignacio Fontes were sixth and eleventh.
The man from Salamanca crossed the finish line without raising his arms, nor a gesture of euphoria despite getting on his first podium. Mario, champion of Spain two months ago, had his goal in Ingebrigtsen and he stuck with him at all times. The Norwegian ended up opening a gap in the last lap, escaping to his second consecutive double (5,000-1,500). The champion four years ago in Berlin had no rival, setting a strong pace until finally reaching 3m 32.76s, a championship record. García Romo saw the medals in danger, but in the end he was only surpassed by the British Jake Heyward. Italian Pietro Arese entered fourth.
Vuleta dethrones the champion
Serbian athlete Ivana Vuleta won the gold medal in the women’s long jump event at the European Championships in Munich. Vuleta made a new gold jump at the Munich Olympic Stadium, with a mark of 7.06 m. The current Olympic and world champion, Germany’s Malaika Mihambo, won the silver medal with a jump of 7.03 meters, while the bronze went to Britain’s Jasmine Sawyers, who jumped 6.80 meters in the last series.
Tamberi, gold in the heights
The Italian has been proclaimed European champion in high jump, this Thursday in Munich, a year after having shared the Olympic gold in Tokyo with the Qatari Mutaz Essa Barshim. Gianmarco Tamberi (30 years old) prevailed with a mark of 2.30 m, beating the German Tobias Potye and the Ukrainian Andriy Protsenko, who failed to exceed the bar set at that height.
The Italian jumper overcomes with this gold the disappointment suffered a month ago when he was left off the podium at the World Cup held in Eugene (United States). Tamberi had already been European champion in 2016.
Javier Cienfuegos stays far from the medals
The Extremaduran Javier Cienfuegos, with 73.06 meters as the best throw, concluded the hammer final of the European Championships in Munich in eleventh place, in a contest in which the main favorite, the Polish Pawel Fajdek, five times world champion, He was fourth and the gold went to his compatriot Wojciech Nowicki. Cienfuegos, 32, played his sixth outdoor continental event in Munich. He agreed to the final with a best throw of 73.26 meters, the last mark of the twelve classified.
In the final, the Extremaduran began the contest throwing 71.96. In the second launch he improved the mark to 72.18 and in the third he reached 73.06, a mark that prevented him from being among the top ten, although he improved one place in the final compared to the European four years ago in Berlin , in which he was twelfth. The great favorite for gold, Pawet Fajdek, started with two draws and finished with a best throw of 79.15, far from the medals. The victory was taken by his compatriot Wojciech Nowicki with 82.00.
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