A look back at some of the standout moments of the Zurich championships, rated by All-Athletics.com as the best Europeans since their rankings began
The Great Britain & Northern Ireland team claimed a record medal haul to top the table at the European Championships in Zurich with a total of 12 gold, five silver and six bronze medals.
There were a number of stand out performances from athletes across the board, including a world record in the 50km walk by Frenchman Yohann Diniz and multiple national records including one by the British women’s 4x100m relay team.
Website All-Athletics.com also rates Zurich 2014 as the best edition of the European Championships since their multi-day competitions rankings started in 2001. Using a formula which considers the results achieved in the competition, the level of the participating athletes and any world records achieved in the competition (Competition Score = Competition Result Score + Competition Participation Score + WR Bonus), Zurich 2014 scored a total of 183,431 points, putting it ahead of Gothenburg 2006 with 181,964.
To help you relive the many impressive performances which took place across the six days of action we’ve included links to each of our online reports below, broken up into sessions and highlighting some of the stand out moments. Enjoy!
Tuesday August 12
Favourites progress as European Champs get under way
Britain’s sprinters among those to prove they mean business on the first day of action.
Jo Pavey wins European 10,000m gold in Zurich
British 40-year-old becomes oldest female European champion with a superb passionate performance leading to her first major title, while David Storl claims the first gold of the championships with victory in the shot put.
Wednesday August 13
Miguel Ángel López wins European race walk gold
Spanish walker takes 20km walk title in close finish on day two.
James Dasaolu, Mo Farah and Tiffany Porter claim European titles in Zurich
Trio add three golds to GB’s medal tally on a ‘Wonderful Wednesday’ in Zurich as Robert Harting adds another gold to medal collection and Éloyse Lesueur retains her long jump title.
Thursday August 14
Elmira Alembekova grabs gold in 20km walk
Race walker wins sole gold on offer in day three’s morning session as GB sprinters storm through to semis.
Shubenkov retains hurdles title, Sharman surges to silver
Will Sharman adds to GB medal haul as Dina Asher-Smith breaks UK junior 200m record and steeplechaser Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad continues controversial ways.
Friday August 15
Yohann Diniz smashes world 50km walk record
Frenchman destroys old mark despite stopping near the finish to celebrate.
Martyn Rooney and Adam Gemili blast to Euro gold
British sprinters add to growing GB medal tally on day four as heptathlete Dafne Schippers added 200m gold to her 100m title with a Dutch record 22.0 and Jodie Williams secured silver.
Saturday August 16
Euro marathon gold for Christelle Daunay
Frenchwoman smashes championship record to win 26-miler on the streets of Zurich.
Golden run from Eilidh Child
Hurdler Eilidh Child wins Britain’s seventh gold of the champs as fellow Scot Lynsey Sharp smashes the Scottish record to win 800m silver, Renaud Lavillenie and Olha Saladuha win their third European titles in the pole vault and triple jump and Sandra Perkovic sets a Croatian discus record of 71.08m for the longest throw since 1992.
Sunday August 17
Daniele Meucci wins Euro marathon gold
Italian trumps track success with victory on the road in a personal best time on fan-lined streets of Zurich.
GB team enjoy record-breaking final day in Zurich
Both sprint relay teams, the men’s 4x400m runners, Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford among the winners on the final afternoon of European Championships action.
All-Athletics.com rankings for European Championships since 2002
Zurich 2014 183,431
Gothenburg 2006 181,964
Barcelona 2010 181,460
Munich 2002 180,354
Helsinki 2012 175,378
» The August 21 issue of AW will be a European Championships special, with in-depth reports, pictures and results from Zurich