European Athletics Championships: What a Day for Russia!

Pride of Place for Russia’s team at Barcelona’s European Athletics Championships on day 4 of six: Five Gold medals, two Silvers and three Bronze, bringing the total to nineteen medals (8 Gold, 5 Silver and 6 Bronze). Russia leads the field with almost double the number of medals won by second-placed France (10).

Friday’s haul for Russia was frankly astounding. Sergey Bakulin won the Bronze medal in the Men’s 50 km Walk with a time of 3:43:26. The first Gold of the day for Russia came in the Women’s Pole Vault Final, where Svetlana Feofanova won the first of five Gold medals, with a jump of 4.75 metres.

Another 1,2,3 in the Women’s 400 metres. Tatyana Firova won the Gold in a time of 49.89 seconds; Kseniya Ustalova took Silver with 49.92 and Antonina Krivoshapka got the bronze with 50.10.

Gold and Bronze in the Women’s 3,000 metre Steeplechase. Yuliya Zarudneva won the Gold with 9:17:57, ahead of Spain’s Marta Dominguez (9:17:74) and Bronze went to Russia’s Lyubov Kharlamanova (9:29:82).

Silver for Russia in the Women’s Hammer Throw, where Tatyana Lysenko got a throw of 75.65 metres, behind Germany’s Betty Heidler (76.38) and ahead of Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk (73.56).

Finally two more Golds in the Women’s 400m. Hurdles - Natalya Antyukh (52.92) beat Bulgaria’s Vania Stambolova (53.82) and Great Britain’s Perri Shakes-Drayton (54.18) and finally, in the Women’s 800 metres, where Mariya Savinova (1:58:22) beat the Netherlands’ Yvonne Hak (1:58:85) and Great Britain’s Jennifer Meadows (1:59:39).

Gold medals (8)

Stanislav Emelyanov - Men's 20 km Walk

Olga Kaniskina - Women's 20 km Walk

Aleksandr Shustov – Men’s High Jump

Svetlana Feofanova – Women’s Pole Vault

Tatyana Firova - Women’s 400 metres

Yuliya Zarudneva - Women’s 3,000 metre Steeplechase

Natalya Antyukh - Women’s 400m. Hurdles

Mariya Savinova - Women’s 800 metres

Silver Medals (5)

Anisya Kirdyapkina - Women's 20 km Walk

Inga Abitova - Women’s 10,000 metres

Ivan Ukhov - Men’s High Jump

Kseniya Ustalova - Women’s 400 metres

Tatyana Lysenko - Women’s Hammer Throw

Bronze Medals (6)

Anna Avdeeva - Women’s shot-put

Vera Sokolova - Women's 20 km Walk

Olga Kucherenko - Women’s Long Jump

Sergey Bakulin - Men’s 50 km Walk

Antonina Krivoshapka - Women’s 400 metres

Lyubov Kharlamanova - Women’s 3,000 metre Steeplechase



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Author`s name Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey