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Carolina Klüft
(Foto: Gantenberg)
[17.07.2005] With 15 Golds Russia top the medal table ahead of France and Germany

The final day of the European Athletics Under 23 Championships saw five more championship records, bringing the weekend total to eight.

Russia carried away the most medals, with 15 Golds and 31 medals overall. The host Germans outperformed their expectations, capturing 26 medals overall, including four Golds. France took six Golds and 11 medals overall.

Two of the weekend's star athletes, each with medals from the Athens Olympics, both came away with wins. The Olympic heptathlon champion, Carolina Klüft (SWE), successfully defended her U23 title in the women's long jump with a season best 6.79 leap. With a consistent series of attempts all over 6.60, any of the Swede's jumps would have been sufficient for victory.

Carolina Klüft
(Foto: Gantenberg)

Yuliya Zinovyeva (RUS) leapt a late 6.58 to win the Silver, nudging Adina Anton (ROM) down to the Bronze at 6.55. Narayane Dossevi (FRA), the twin sister of yesterday's winner of the men's pole vault, finished sixth in 6.38, her best of the year.

Jaroslav Bába (CZE) won perhaps the deepest event of the weekend, the men's high jump. But the tall Czech seemed somewhat blasé throughout. He needed second attempts at his opening height of 2.18, at 2.25, and also at 2.27. Only a third attempt success at 2.29 brought him the title.

Artyom Zaytsev (BLR), who would have won the Gold had Bába missed at 2.29, settled for Silver at 2.27, while Yuriy Krimarenko (UKR) won the Bronze at the same height.

Jaroslav Bába
(Foto: Gantenberg)

A stunning win in the women's 100m hurdles was scored by Mirjam Liimask (EST) in a massive lowering of her PB to 12.93. Her previous best had been 13.21. The performance was also a new national record for Estonia.

Liimask had a significant lead for much of the race, but nearing the finish, season leader Tina Klein (GER) accelerated well and took the Silver in a PB 12.97. Following the first two medal winners into the finish for the Bronze was Anna Yevdokimova (RUS) in 13.12, also a PB.

The men's 110m hurdles was won by David Hughes (GBR) in a wind-aided 13.56, thanks to a powerful finish after the final hurdle. Hughes barely overtook the early leader Willi Mathiszik (GER) in the final metres as the German's 13.58 took Silver. The Bronze medal went to Stanislav Sajdok (CZE) in 13.66.

Yelena Yakovleva (RUS) had shown her superiority in the heats of the women's 200 metres, and today's win in a PB 22.99 confirmed it. The Russian used her lane six position advantageously to run the curve hard and forged a formidable lead coming into the home straight. Nikolett Listár (HUN) finished strongly in a PB 23.19 to overtake Vincenza Calì (ITA) with 23.31 for the Silver.

David Alerte (FRA) had sent an "alert" to the entire field after his false start in the men's 200m, but he used this to his advantage. After losing his small lead to Sebastian Ernst (GER) early in the straight, the French sprinter came back to snatch the Gold from the German in a PB 20.47. Ernst's time of 20.58 easily took the Silver ahead of the 20.71 of Kaba Fantoni (ITA), who won Bronze.

In an impressive show of front running, Arturo Casado (ESP) won the men's 1500m in 3:47.02. Several times, Casado rebuffed efforts by other runners to take over the lead by quickening the pace slightly in each instance. Finally, off the final curve, he sped away to an uncontested win.

Running in his home training stadium, Stefan Eberhardt (GER) overtook Casado's teammate, Francisco España, for the Silver, 3:48.09 to 3:48.16.

Yekaterina Khoroshikh (RUS) removed any drama the women's hammer might have had with her first round 71.51 throw. It was a U23 championship record and won the Gold by almost two metres over Betty Heidler (GER), whose best was 69.64 for the Silver. Another two metres back finished Nataliya Zolotuhina (UKR) with a PB 67.75 to take the Bronze medal.

Sabine Rumpf (GER) won the women's discus with 60.75, also establishing a new championship record. On the year list, Rumpf had been only the third of the three Germans in the competition, but her first ever throw over 60 metres brought the former World Junior fourth placer an international title.

Early leader Darya Pishchalnikova (RUS) was not able to catch Rumpf after the latter's second round throw, but her 59.45 winner - also superior to the previous championship record - easily took the Silver. Kateryna Karsak (UKR) was the Bronze medal winner with 56.81, as season leader Ulrike Giesa (GER) finished out of the medals at 56.18.

Binnaz Uslu (TUR) sped away from two other rivals at the bell and easily won the women's 5000m in 15:57.21. It was the second consecutive win by a Turkish athlete in this event, the last title having been taken by current world record holder Elvan Abeylegesse.

Tatyana Petrova (RUS) gallantly tried to come back after her win yesterday in the women's 10000m, but her energy resources were not sufficient to withstand Uslu's final kick. The Russian clocked 16:01.79 for the Silver in her first 5000m race of the season. Bronze went to Silvia La Barbera (ITA) in 16:07.01.

As expected, Uslu gave up her spot in the women's 800m thirty minutes later. That race was won by Yevgeniya Zolotova (RUS) off a sprint with 200m left. The Russian's time of 2:06.00 was barely enough for the Gold, however, as Jemma Simpson (GBR) moved outside from her fifth position with 30 metres left and just missed out on a stunning upset.

Simspon's 2:06.16 for the Silver was followed by Elodie Guegan (FRA) with 2:06.29 for the Bronze. Lucia Klocová (SVK), the Silver medallist in Bydgoszcz two years ago, was in good position near the end, but she couldn't respond when the others sprinted and ended up fifth with 2:06.40.

Two days after twin brother Yevgeniy won the 10000m, Anatoliy Rybakov added yet another Gold to the family's medal chest with a victory in the men's 5000m. With two laps remaining, the blond Russian sprinted away from his tempo setter, the U23 season leader Mohamed Farah (GBR), for a 14:06.69 win. Farah meanwhile was locked in a tight battle with Aleksey Aleksandrov (RUS) for the Silver, which the British runner won just before the finish line, 14:10.96 to 14:11.10. Finishing fourth was Friday's Bronze medallist in the men's 10000, Marius Ionescu (ROM), with 14:15.42.

An unexpected winner emerged in the men's javelin as Igor Janik (POL) saw his 77.25 lead all others for the Gold medal. Antti Ruuskanen (FIN) had a late 76.82 which lifted him to the Silver. Magnus Arvidsson (SWE) won the Bronze narrowly with 76.15, only three centimetres ahead of season and qualifying round leader, Vladislav Shkurlatov (RUS), who could only manage 76.12.

The women's pole vault returned to the level of mere mortals after Yelena Isinbayeva's win two years ago in Bydgoszcz. Season leader Nataliya Kushch (UKR) won the Gold on a countback at 4.30 with Floé Kühnert, who took Silver. Germans took the next two places, as Julia Hütter's 4.25 won Bronze, ahead of the fourth place 4.20 by Simone Langhirt.

Aleksandr Sergeyev (RUS) equalled his PB of 17.11 in winning Gold in the men's triple jump. His teammate, Aleksandr Petrenko, leapt for the first time into the 17m realm with a fifth round 17.03 and took the Silver medal. Nelson Évora (POR) also posted a career best at 16.89 for the Bronze and the three medallists had no real challengers.

Anton Lyuboslavskiy (RUS) heaved the men's shot to 20.44 for the Gold medal and a new championship record. The top competitor from the qualifying round, Taavi Peetre (EST), barely scraped by to win the Silver medal with 19.85, as Mika Vasara (FIN) threw a PB 19.84 on his final attempt for the Bronze.

France won the women's 4x100m relay easily in 44.22, while Germany's 44.89 nipped the 45.03 of the Italian team for the Silver. Significantly, Russia did not finish after a misconnection on the final change over, and the British team was disqualified for an out-of-zone change. Originally, the German team was likewise disqualified, but they were reinstated after a protest.

The men from France also won their 4x100 relay with a championships record time of 38.95. Germany took Silver with 39.12, while Italy won the Bronze in 39.41. The defending champions from Great Britain finished fourth in 39.45.

France men won the 4x100m relay
(Foto: Gantenberg)

Both of the 4x400m relay winners successfully defended their titles from two years ago. The Russian women were never out of the lead on the way to their Gold medal (and championship record) 3:27.27 clocking in the women's 4x400 relay. Great Britain took Silver in 3:31.64, while the French team won the Bronze with 3:31.91.

With a powerful finishing run by Piotr Kedzia, the Polish team won the men's 4x400m relay in 3:04.41. Kedzia outsprinted 400m Gold medallist Robert Tobin (GBR) to the finish, as the team from Great Britain took the Silver in 3:04.83. The Netherlands won the Bronze with 3:04.99.