A statistical round-up of the men’s events at the Zurich 2014 European Championships
It’s stat time again … Steven Mills recaps the European Championships in Zurich with some of the top facts and figures from the men’s events.
You can find stats on the women’s events here.
» James Dasaolu became the sixth British winner of the European 100m title and British sprinters won multiple medals for the third time.
» Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut’s 10.06 was the fastest ever heat at the European Championships. At the time, it was also the third fastest time in European Champs history.
» Dasaolu’s 10.04 was the fastest ever semi-final at the European Champs and the joint second fastest time ever at the European Champs.
» Christophe Lemaitre of France became just the third sprinter to win three European 100m medals after Ukraine’s Valeriy Borzov and Britain’s Linford Christie.
» Britain’s Adam Gemili became the second athlete to duck under the 20-second barrier at the European Champs after Greek sprinter Konstandinos Kenteris’ 19.85 in 2002.
» British sprinters have now taken a record four European 200m titles after Gemili’s win and fifteen medals in total. The Soviet Union and the Netherlands are next with three titles apiece.
» Martyn Rooney’s 44.71 was the third fastest winning time over 400m at the European Champs after his fellow Britons Iwan Thomas’ 44.52 in 1998 and Roger Black’s 44.59 in 1986.
» British sprinters took a one-two in the 400m for the third time at the European Champs.
» Donald Sanford picked up Israel’s first ever medal on the track with bronze in the 400m.
» British sprinters won the 100m, 200m and 400m titles in the same edition of the European Champs for the third time. No other nation has achieved this feat.
» Russia’s Sergey Shubenkov became just the third sprint hurdler to retain his European 110m hurdles title after Italy’s Eddy Ottoz and Britain’s Colin Jackson.
» The gap of 0.00 between Pascal Martinot-Lagarde in third and Balazs Baji in fourth in the 110m hurdles final was the smallest in European Champs history.
» On home-soil, Kariem Hussein claimed Switzerland’s first European title on the track since 1969.
» Rasmus Magi won Estonia’s first ever medal on the track with silver in the 400m hurdles.
» In a high-quality event, Patryk Dobek of Poland’s time of 49.13 was the fastest non-qualifying time for a European 400m hurdles final.
» GB’s winning 4x100m time of 37.93 was the second fastest time in European Champs history after France’s 37.79 champs record in 1990.
» The GB splits in the 4x400m final were: Conrad Williams 45.0, Matthew Hudson-Smith 44.2, Michael Bingham 45.61, Martyn Rooney 43.93.
» For the first time since 1938, the same nation won both 4x100m titles at the same edition of the European Champs.
Men’s middle and long-distance
» Adam Kszczot’s winning time in the 800m of 1:44.15 was the third fastest at the European Champs after Olaf Beyer’s 1:43.84 in 1978, and Luciano Susanj’s 1:44.07 from 1974.
» Not since 1990 has the same nation won gold and silver medals from a European 800m final.
» For the first time since 1990, a Spaniard failed to win a medal in the 1500m, while Chris O’Hare became the first British medallist since Steve Cram and Seb Coe in 1986.
» A time outside 3:40 in the 1500m won the title for the fifth time from the last six finals.
» Poland picked up their first medal in the steeplechase at the European Champs since 1982.
» Mo Farah became the first athlete to win the 5000m and 10,000m double twice at the European Champs.
» Farah’s winning time in the 5000m of 14:05.82 was the slowest since 1946.
» Hayle Ibrahimov won Azerbaijan’s first ever silver medal at the European Champs behind Farah in the 5000m.
» Bohdan Bondarenko of Ukraine was a little way off his best in the high jump, but his winning mark of 2.35m was the joint second highest at the European Champs.
» Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie became the second vaulter to win three European pole vault titles in succession after Wolfgang Nordwig between 1966-71.
» Lavillenie’s winning margin of 20cm was the joint biggest in European Champs history.
» Like Sergey Bubka and Steve Hooker at the 1987 and 2009 World Champs respectively, Lavillenie won the European title with just two vaults.
» Greg Rutherford became just the second British winner of the European long jump title after Lynn Davies in 1966.
» Benjamin Compaore became the first French winner of the European triple jump title, while Russia picked up multiple medals for the first time.
» David Storl of Germany became the first thrower since Udo Beyer in 1982 to retain his European shot put title.
» With silver, Borja Vivas picked up Spain’s first ever medal in a throwing event at the European Champs.
» German thrower Robert Harting’s winning discus throw of 66.07m was the shortest in two decades.
» Harting also became the first thrower to defend his European discus title since 1954.
» For only the second time in a European hammer final, two throwers surpassed the 82m-barrier.
» Antti Ruuskanen became the fifth Finnish winner of the javelin title, but the first since 1974. The Finns also won multiple medals for the first time since 1946.
» Belarusian decathlon winner Andrei Krauchanka’s 2.22m high jump matched the best ever recorded in a European Champs decathlon.
» Germany’s fifth-placer Arthur Abele’s 13.55 was the fastest ever 110m hurdles recorded in a European Champs decathlon by 0.41, while Rico Freimuth (13.63) and Oleksiy Kasyanov (13.95) were also under the old mark.
» Marathon-winner Daniele Meucci of Italy recorded identical halfway splits of 65:34/65:34 en route to the title.
» His winning time of 2:11:08, a PB, was the third fastest at the European Champs after Martin Fiz’s 2:10:31 in 1994 and Gelindo Bordin’s 2:10:54 in 1994.
» His PB is now only six seconds slower than his coach Massimo Magnini’s PB from 1985.
» Italy joined Finland and GB with the most marathon wins at five.
» Yared Shegumo won Poland’s first ever medal in the men’s marathon with silver.
» In the 20km walk, Miguel Angel Lopez of Spain’s winning margin of one second was the smallest in European Champs history.
» France’s Yohann Diniz became the first three-time gold medallist in a walks event at the European Champs.
» His world record in the 50km walk was the first at the European Champs since 1990, as Robert Korzeniowski’s mark in the 50km in 2002 was regarded as a ‘world best’.
» The August 21 edition of Athletics Weekly was a bumper special and featured 54 pages of in-depth reports, results, news and photos from the European Championships. You can order a copy here or read it online here