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LAST week (27 July – 1 August), Barcelona held the European Athletics Championships in the old Olympic stadium from 1992. Great Britain had some good times there as Linford Christie won the blue-ribbon event (men’s 100m) and Sally Gunnell took gold in the women’s 400m Hurdles.

But 2010 gave Team GB even more fond memories.

Great Britain took away 19 medals from Barcelona – out best ever haul at a European Championships.

Below is a table showing you each and every one of our: six gold, seven silver and six bronze medals.

MEDAL

ATHLETE

EVENT

TIME/DISTANCE/HIGHT/POINTS

 GOLD

Mo Farah

Men’s 5,000m

13m31.18s

Men’s 10,000m

28m24.99s

Andy Turner

Men’s 110m Hurdles

13.28s SB

David Greene

Men’s 400m Hurdles

48.12s EL

Phillips Idowu

Men’s Triple Jump

17.81m PB

Jessica Ennis

Heptathlon

6,823pts CR, WL, PB

 SILVER

Mark Lewis-Francis

Men’s 100m

10.18s

Christian Malcolm

Men’s 200m

20.38s SB

Michael Bingham

Men’s 400m

45.23s

Michael Rimmer

Men’s 800m

1m47.17s

Chris Thompson

Men’s 10,000m

28m27.33s

Rhys Williams

Men’s 400m Hurdles

48.96s PB

Great Britain

Men’s 4x400m Relay

3m02.25s

 BRONZE

Martyn Rooney

Men’s 400m

45.23s

Martyn Bernard

Men’s High Jump

2.29m

Chris Tomlinson

Men’s Long Jump

8.23m SB

Jenny Meadows

Women’s 800m

1m59.39s

Perri Shakes-Drayton

Women’s 400m Hurdles

54.18s PB

Great Britain

Women’s 4x400m Relay

3m24.32s

Mo Farah became the first-ever British man to win the European 10,000m Championship and only the fifth man ever to complete the long-distance double of the 5,000m and 10,000m.

Mo Farah

Dwain Chambers could only manage fifth place in the men’s 100m Final, with Mark Lewis-Francis finishing in a surprising second place. Lewis-Francis was later scorned by BBC pundit (and all-time Athletics great) Michael Johnson for telling his critics to shush instead of celebrating the silver medal. ML-F was also responsible for the baton mix up which cost Great Britain a place in the men’s 4x100m Relay Final.

Jessica Ennis took another step towards being crowned Olympic Champion in London in less than two years time. The reigning World Champion saw off the reigning Olympic Champion, Ukraine’s Nataliya Dobrynska in what was a gripping two days of competition.

Away from GB now; France’s young Christophe Lemaitre took gold in the men’s: 100m, 200m and 4x100m Relay to take the title of ‘Fastest Man Europe’. Lemaitre hit the headlines before the championships even started when he became the first white man ever to run under ten seconds for the 100m in Valence. However, his time of 9.98s is a massive 0.4s off of Usain Bolt’s World Record of 9.58s, but then again Bolt is unique.

Christophe Lemaitre

MEDALS TABLE

Rank

Nation

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

1

Russia

10

6

8

24

2

France

8

6

4

18

3

Great Britain

6

7

6

19

4

Germany

4

6

6

16

5

Turkey

3

1

0

4

6

Spain (Hosts)

2

3

3

8

7

Ukraine

2

3

1

6

8

Poland

2

2

5

9

9

Belarus

2

1

1

4

10

Croatia

2

0

0

2

BTW: Did you see the mascot for these championships? Barni is his name and he had a lot to live up to after the exploits of Berlino the Bear from last year’s World Championship. But I think he did a pretty good job of keeping everybody smiling. Wenlock, take note.

Barni (r.) with friend Berlino (l.).

Lastly, the next stop for these championships is Helsinki, which hosted the 1983 and 2005 World Championships and the 1952 Olympic Games. But the championships will take place in a two year cycle from now on and not a four year cycle. The Helsinki championships are due to take place just three weeks before the start of the London Olympics! The European Athletics Association (EAA) has dropped the ball on that one.

Thank you Barcelona for putting on a great week of Athletics, and I just could not not add this song.

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