European Indoor Championships – a statistical round-up

Everyone loves a good stat, so sit back and make yourself comfortable as this round-up from Gothenburg is full of them

GB MEN 4x400 RELAY (Mark Shearman)

Did you know that Renaud Lavillenie is the only pole vaulter to have surpassed 6m at the European Indoor Championships, a feat which he has now achieved twice? Or that Britain’s winning time of 3:05.78 in the men’s 4x400m relay was the second fastest time ever recorded at the European Indoor Championships?

If not, then you’re in for a treat, as Steven Mills presents a statistical round-up with everything you want and need to know from Gothenburg.

MEN

60m

» Jimmy Vicaut and James Dasaolu were awarded an identical time in the final of 6.48. The last time the top-two couldn’t be separated by hundredths was when the Scandinavium played host to the European Indoor Championships in 1984.

» Dasaolu’s silver medal extends Britain’s record of winning at least one medal in the 60m to fourteen consecutive editions.

» This year was the first time two athletes went under the 6.5-barrier in the final and Dasaolu’s time would have sufficed for the title at all but one previous edition.

» Vicaut and Dasaolu move to equal fifth on the European indoor all-time rankings. British sprinters own five of the seven fastest times ever over 60m in Europe with French athletes holding the other two.

400m

» Pavel Maslak’s winning time of 45.66 was a Swedish all-comers’ record. He also became the first athlete to simultaneously hold European indoor and outdoor 400m titles since Du’aine Ladejo in 1994.

» Britain fielded three athletes in both men’s and women’s finals for the first time ever.

800m

» Adam Kszczot became the first athlete to defend this title since Yevgeniy Arzhanov in 1971.

» Mukhtar Mohammed picked up Britain’s first medal of any description since Tom McKean won gold on home-soil in Glasgow in 1990.

1500m

» Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad’s winning time of 3:37.17 was the second fastest ever after Ivan Heshko’s 3:36.70 championship record in 2005.

» His winning margin of 0.05 from Ilham Tanui Ozbilen was the smallest in the championship’s history.

» The Spaniards failed to win a medal in the final for the first time since 1998.

3000m

» Hayle Ibrahimov provided Azerbaijan with their first gold medal in any event in the history of the European Indoor Championships.

» At 34y and 211d, Juan Carlos Higuero replaced John Mayock (34y and 130d in 2005) as the oldest ever medallist in the 3000m.

60m hurdles

» Sergey Shubenkov’s winning time of 7.49 has only been bettered three times – once by Thomas Munkelt in 1983 and twice by Colin Jackson in 1994 and 2002.

» Paolo Dal Molin set an Italian record of 7.51 to win his country’s first medal in this event since 1986.

4x400m

» Britain’s winning time of 3:05.78 was the second fastest time ever recorded at these championships.

» Nigel Levine’s split of 45.74 was the fastest on the third-leg by 0.65.

Long jump

» Michel Torneus’ 8.29m leap was the longest ever non-gold medal winning mark at these championships.

Triple jump

» Daniele Greco’s shock leap of 17.70m was the second longest winning distance ever after Teddy Tamgho improved the world indoor record to 17.92m in 2011.

» His winning margin of 40cm was the largest since 1990.

High jump

» Russia claimed two medals in the high jump for the third successive edition of the European Indoor Championships.

Pole vault

» Renaud Lavillenie became the first vaulter to win three gold medals in succession.

» The Frenchman is the only athlete to surpass 6m at the European Indoor Championships and he’s done so twice now. He cleared 6.03m in 2011 and 6.01m this year.

» His winning margin of 25cm has only been bettered once – by himself when he won in 2011 by 27cm.

Shot put

» Gold medallist Asmir Kolasinac from Serbia and silver medallist Hamza Alic from Bosnia & Herzogovina created history by winning their country’s first ever European indoor medals.

Heptathlon

» Eelco Sintnicolaas’ winning score of 6372 was the best mark by a European in nine years.

» At 21y and 21d, Kevin Mayer became the youngest ever heptathlon medallist by six days. His score of 6297 moved him to tenth on the European indoor all-time rankings and this mark was also a European under-23 record.

WOMEN

60m

» Just 0.01 separated the medallists making it the closest ever European indoor sprint final.

» Ivet Lalova’s time of 7.12 was the fastest ever non-medal winning mark.

» Asha Philip equalled her 7.15 PB in the final which was the second fastest time ever achieved by a Brit at these championships.

» An incredible standard saw Ezinne Okparaebo and Verena Sailer finish seventh and eighth respectively in 7.16. This would have either equalled or bettered the gold medallist’s time at three of the five most recent previous European indoor finals.

400m

» GB’s 1-2 was the first time the same nation claimed gold and silver in the 400m since 1990.

» Perri Shakes-Drayton’s winning time of 50.85 would have won gold at two of the three most recent editions of the World Indoor Championships, and silver at the other.

» In terms of 400m hurdlers, only Sabine Busch (50.01), Nicola Sanders (50.02), Vania Stambolova (50.21), Irina Privalova (50.23), Natalya Antyukh (50.37) and Ionela Tirlea (50.56) have run faster than Shakes-Drayton indoors.

» Ksenia Ustalova’s fall in the semi-final meant the final was for the first time devoid of a Russian finalist.

800m

» Nataliya Lupu became the second former European junior champion to also win this title after Ludmila Formanova in 1998.

» Maryna Arzamasava’s bronze medal adds to her family’s tally as her late mother Ravilya Agletdinova won the European outdoor 1500m title in 1986.

1500m

» Abeba Aregawi’s winning margin of 9.72 was by far the largest ever at these championships. The previous largest was 3.73 back in 1972.

3000m

» Sara Moreira became the second Portuguese to win this title after Fernanda Ribeiro in 1994 and 1996.

» Her winning time of 8:58.80 was the slowest since 1992.

60m hurdles

» Nevin Yanit and Alina Talay became the first Turkish and Belarussians to win medals in this event while Veronica Borsi won Italy’s first 60m hurdles medal since 1977.

» Only six-hundredths separated the top four finishers which was the smallest margin ever.

4x400m

» Great Britain took a relay double with gold medals in both finals. This was the first time the same nation has won both titles at the same championships.

» The quartet set a championship and national record of 3:27.56 which moved Britain from sixth to third on the European indoor all-time rankings.

Long jump

» Darya Klishina achieved the championship’s first 7m-plus jump since Heike Drechsler won her fourth title in 1994 with 7.06m.

» Klishina’s winning mark of 7.01m equalled the best mark achieved indoors by a European this millennium.

» Erica Jarder’s final round 6.71m PB sufficed for Sweden’s first medal from this event since Erica Johansson won the title in 2000.

Triple jump

» Olha Saladuha’s winning margin of 58cm was the largest in championship history.

» Her winning mark of 14.88m was the joint second longest ever and the best since Ashia Hansen’s championship record of 15.16m in 1998.

High jump

» Ruth Beitia’s winning mark of 1.99m was the lowest winning height since 1998.

» Sweden scooped up silver and bronze through Ebba Jungmark and Emma Green-Tregaro. This was the first time the same country fielded two athletes on the podium since Bulgarians took gold and silver medals in 1994.

» The ages of the finalists ranged from 19-year-old Alessia Trost to 38-year-old Venelina Veneva-Mateeva, who competed at the 1991 World Championships before Trost was even born.

Pole vault

» Holly Bleasdale’s gold medal was the first British medal in this event from either sex in European Indoor Championships history.

» Her winning vault of 4.67m was the lowest winning height since 2000.

Shot put

» Christina Schwanitz’s gold medal meant German athletes have won five of the nine medals on offer from the last three championships in the shot put.

Pentathlon

» Ida Antoniette Nana Djimou became the second athlete to retain this title after Carolina Kluft in 2007.

» Her winning score of 4666 was the second lowest in championship history though, and would have only placed seventh in Birmingham in 2007 where Kelly Sotherton and Jessica Ennis finished second and sixth with 4927 and 4716 respectively.

» 18-year-old Sofia Linde finished fifth on home-soil with a PB of 4531. This was a mere four points below Kluft’s national indoor junior record and she still has another year left in the junior ranks.

Miscellaneous

» The Russian men outperformed the women for the first time in European Indoor Championship history. They won three gold medals and eight in total while the women won one gold and six overall.

» When he’s not conjuring up statistical magic for Athletics Weekly or contributing for AW elsewhere, Steven Mills can be found tweeting everything athletics at @Trackside2013

» The next issue of Athletics Weekly, out on March 7, will feature in-depth reports from Gothenburg, plus a full results and news round-up of the rest of the week’s athletics action from around the world

One Response to “European Indoor Championships – a statistical round-up”

  1. Old Codger says:

    Ethiopians had a rather good European Championship, didn't they? Wasn't it two golds? Or was it more?

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