European athletics indoor championships in Prague: Russia and UK in front, Germany is sixth

European athletics indoor championships in Prague: Russia and UK in front, Germany is sixth
Photo © by The Moscow Times
Photo  © by The Moscow Times

Photo © by The Moscow Times


The German team that came back home recently after participating in the European indoor athletic championships that took place in Prague, Czech Republic, can be proud. Six medals won the German athletes, which placed them at the sixth place in the medals table. Russia won six gold medals, more than any other nation while United Kingdom totally won nine medals, more than other participants in the tournament.

In the men’s 60 meter race Germany won two medals. Christian Blaum took the silver after finishing the race with 6.58 seconds, while Julian Reus takes the third place after crossing the finish line after 6.60 seconds. The gold went to the British sprinter Richard Kilty, who stopped the clock after 6.51 seconds and claimed the championship record his season best.

In the same event for women, Verena Sailer took the bronze with a time of 7.09 seconds. The second place went to the British Diana Asher Smith, who claimed a British national record with 7.08 seconds on the track. The winner of the event was Dafne Schippers from Netherland with world leading performance after crossing the finish within 7.05 seconds.

Another German female to win a medal was Sosthene Taroum Moguenara who participated in the long jump event and took the silver medal after a good jump of 6.83 meters and was only 14 cm away from the winner, the Serbian Ivana Španovic who claimed a Serbian national record after she jumped to 6.98 meters. The third place on the podium went to Romanian athlete Florentina Marinco who claimed 6.79 meters.

German heptathlon athlete Arthur Abele finished the event at the second place and secured the silver medal by getting 6279 points. The Russian, Ilya Shkurenyov, on the gold for his country and claimed world leading performance after collecting 6353 points. Netherlands’ athlete Eelco Sintnicolaas took the bronze with 6185 points.

The single gold medal for Germany won David Storl at the shot put event where he threw the ball to 21.23 meters. Strol beat the Serbian Asmir Kolašnic who took the silver with throwing to 20.90 meters and Chech Ladislav Prašil who took the bronze with 20.66 meters.

Russia, the leaders of the medals table won six gold medals and two silvers, the second place went to France that won five medals, but three of them were gold, one silver and one bronze. The third place went to the United Kingdom that won more medals than any other nation, nine medals. Two gold medals, four silver and three bronze were enough in order to take the third place. Fourth place went to the host nation, Czech Republic that won six medals: two gold, one silver and three bronze. In the fifth position is Netherlands that brought home five medals with two gold and three bronze. Germany was sixth after winning one gold, three silver and two bronze medals.


The final race to 60 meters in Prague


Aleksejus Podpruginas
Aleksejus Podpruginas is The Baltic Review author based in Israel

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