European Athletics Championships 2006

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19th European Athletics Championships
Logo of the 19th European Athletics Championships
city SwedenSweden Gothenburg
Stadion Ullevi Stadium
participating countries 48
Participating athletes 1370
Competitions 47
opening August 6, 2006
Closing ceremony August 13, 2006
Munich 2002 Barcelona 2010
Medal table
space country G S. B. total
1 RussiaRussia Russia 12 12 11 35
2 GermanyGermany Germany 4th 5 2 11
3 FranceFrance France 4th 1 2 7th
4th SpainSpain Spain 3 3 5 11
5 Belarus 1995Belarus Belarus 3 2 1 6th
6th SwedenSweden Sweden 3 1 2 6th
7th BelgiumBelgium Belgium 3 - - 3
8th PortugalPortugal Portugal 2 1 1 4th
9 FinlandFinland Finland 2 1 - 3
10 ItalyItaly Italy 2 - 1 3
Complete medal table

The 19th European Athletics Championships were held between August 6th and 13th, 2006 in the Swedish city ​​of Gothenburg . The competitions took place in the Ullevi Stadium, which was the site of the 5th World Athletics Championships in 1995 . Gothenburg's candidacy prevailed against Barcelona on October 6, 2001 at the EAA Congress , after Amsterdam had previously withdrawn its application.

The marathon took place on a ten-kilometer circuit in the city center that had to be run four times. As in 1995, the walking competitions were held on a two-kilometer circuit on Skånegatan, a street in front of the stadium. The start and finish of all races was in the Ullevi Stadium.

The official European Championship song was "Heroes" by Elena Paparizou .


Opening ceremony

The Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg

The opening was celebrated on the evening of August 6, 2006 in front of 100,000 spectators on Götaplatsen in downtown Gothenburg . Their motto was "Sweden meets Europe". It was the first opening ceremony of the European Athletics Championships that did not take place in the stadium . This step should highlight the close connection between the event and the venue.

The celebration lasted two hours and was moderated by the former triple jumper Jonathan Edwards together with a Swedish TV presenter. When marching in, the German flag was carried by the 19-year-old German champion over 200 meters Jala Gangnus .

During the show, the tap group "Jeerk" performed several times , which took up various athletic disciplines in their performances. In addition, a large musical program was offered. The city's symphony orchestra played alongside a guitarist from the Hammerfall band . This then appeared in full line-up with Swedish athletes and presented the song "The Fire Burns Forever", dedicated to the Swedish team, on which some athletes from Sweden had also contributed. In addition, the Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjebø appeared, who can also be heard in the music for the film Titanic . There was also an appearance by the Greek Elena Paparizou . Irishman Ronan Keating sang with Jessica Anderson. A fireworks display was held at the end of the celebrations .


48 of the 50 member associations of the European Athletic Association sent a delegation to Gothenburg for the competitions. Only the associations from Armenia and Liechtenstein did not participate ( the number of participants from the country concerned is given in brackets ).

Participants (total: 1370)


At the European Athletics Championships, competitions were held in five different competition groups: running, jumping, throwing, walking and all-around. The range of competitions has been expanded again for women. Then there was also the 3000 meter obstacle course . The EM program for women and men was now almost identical. There were deviations in the length of the short hurdles, in the weights of the throwing devices and in the number of all-around disciplines. Only the 50 km walk was reserved for men.


There were eight official doping-related disqualifications:

  • Andrej Michnewitsch ( Belarus ), shot put , initially runner-up - all his results have been canceled since August 2005 due to recurring doping offenses.BelarusBelarus 
  • Jurij Bilonoh ( Ukraine ), shot put, initially sixth - He was suspended from August 18, 2004 to August 17, 2006. All results including the Olympic victory in 2004 and the EM result have been deleted.UkraineUkraine 
  • Ville Tiisanoja ( Finland ), shot put, initially eleventh - he admitted to taking testosterone , was banned for two years and fined 50,000 euros.FinlandFinland 
  • Roland Varga ( Hungary ), discus throw , initially eleventh - He was convicted of a doping rule violation in 2007 on the basis of a trial on July 22, 2006. He was banned for two years and his results since the sampling were canceled.HungaryHungary 
  • Iwan Zichan ( Belarus ), hammer throw , initially first - in 2014 the athlete, who had already been convicted of doping several times, was subsequently disqualified due to another doping offense. All his results between August 22, 2004 and August 21, 2006 were canceled.BelarusBelarus 
  • Andrei Varantsou ( Belarus ), hammer throw, initially twelfth - He was tested positive for the first time in 2005 and, as a multiple offender, received a lifelong ban in 2013 after numerous violations of the doping regulations. Many of his achieved results, including the result of these European Championships, have been deleted.BelarusBelarus 
  • Nadseja Astaptschuk ( Belarus ), shot put, initially runner-up - she was convicted of doping fraud several times in her career with corresponding consequences in the form of, among other things, the withdrawal of results. This included her title at the 2005 World Championships , her second place at the 2006 European Championships and her 2012 Olympic victory .BelarusBelarus 
  • Iryna Jattschanka ( Belarus ), discus throw, initially tenth - her result, as well as her third place at the 2004 Olympic Games, was canceled.BelarusBelarus 

Five of these eight doped athletes came from Belarus, one each from Finland, Ukraine and Hungary.

Athletic performance

The medal scoring was once again very clearly led by Russia . Twelve European Championship titles went to Russia alone, the Russian athletes collected a total of 35 medals. Germany and France each had four gold medals in their accounts. The German team had five silver medals against one for France. Four nations each had three European champions. In terms of the number of silver medals, Spain was ahead of Belarus , Sweden and Belgium . Portugal , Finland and Italy each had two European champions in their ranks, with Portugal ahead of Finland and Italy in the number of other medals.

For the individual athletes, the following services are particularly worth mentioning.

Results men

100 m

Francis Obikwelu, double European champion on the sprint courses
space athlete country Time (s)
1 Francis Obikwelu PortugalPortugal POR 09.99 CR
2 Andrei Yepishin RussiaRussia RUS 10.10 NO
3 Matic Osovnikar SloveniaSlovenia SLO 10.14
4th Ronald Pognon FranceFrance FRA 10.16
5 Mark Lewis-Francis United KingdomUnited Kingdom GBR 10.16
6th Dariusz Kuć PolandPoland POLE 10.21
7th Dwain Chambers United KingdomUnited Kingdom GBR 10.24
8th Ronny Ostwald GermanyGermany GER 10.38

Final: August 8th, 7:40 pm

Wind: +1.3 m / s

Francis Obikwelu, who was subsequently declared European Champion 2002 in 2006 , did not have to give everything in any of the four races in order to still win each time with aplomb. In the finals he was the first runner to stay under ten seconds at the European Championships.

200 m

space athlete country Time (s)
1 Francis Obikwelu PortugalPortugal POR 20.01 NO
2 Johan Wissman SwedenSweden SWE 20.38 NO
3 Marlon Devonish United KingdomUnited Kingdom GBR 20.54
4th Kristof Beyens BelgiumBelgium BEL 20.57
5 Ivan Tyoplych RussiaRussia RUS 20.76
6th Eddy De Lépine FranceFrance FRA 20.77
7th David Alerte FranceFrance FRA 20.93
8th Anastásios Goúsis GreeceGreece GRE 20.94

Final: August 10, 8:45 p.m.

Wind: +1.6 m / s

Francis Obikwelu was the first sprinter in 28 years to become European champion both over 100 and 200 meters . Pietro Mennea was last successful in 1978 in Prague . While the Swede Johan Wissman surpassed himself in front of a home crowd and twice improved the national record, Marlon Devonish succeeded in repeating his third place from 2002 in Munich .

400 m

space athlete country Time (s)
1 Marc Raquil FranceFrance FRA 45.02
2 Vladislav Frolov RussiaRussia RUS 45.09
3 Leslie Djhone FranceFrance FRA 45.40
4th Daniel Dąbrowski PolandPoland POLE 45.56
5 Andrea Barberi ItalyItaly ITA 45.70
6th Timothy Benjamin United KingdomUnited Kingdom GBR 45.89
7th Rafał Wieruszewski PolandPoland POLE 45.97
8th Dimítrios Régas GreeceGreece GRE 46.23

Final: August 9, 8:45 p.m.

Fifty meters from the finish, the Russian Vladislav Frolov looked like the sure winner. But Marc Raquil had significantly better stamina on the home straight, so that he could pass the Russians shortly before the finish. The 400-meter run was the first decision at the 2006 European Championships, in which not a single participant in the 2002 finals made it to the 2006 finals .

800 m

space athlete country Time (min)
1 Bram Som NetherlandsNetherlands NED 1: 46.56
2 David Fiegen LuxembourgLuxembourg LUX 1: 46.59
3 Sam Ellis United KingdomUnited Kingdom GBR 1: 46.64
4th Dmitrijs Miļkevičs LatviaLatvia LAT 1: 46.70
5 Miguel Quesada SpainSpain ESP 1: 46.91
6th Florent Lacasse FranceFrance FRA 1: 46.95
7th Andrea Longo ItalyItaly ITA 1: 47.11
8th Michael Rimmer United KingdomUnited Kingdom GBR 1: 47.66

Final: August 13, 3:10 p.m.

The announcement of the result was delayed because a protest had been lodged against the result because of jostling in the final spurt. However, this was rejected. Bram Som won the first runner's gold for a Dutchman since 1982 . David Fiegen won the first ever European Championship medal for Luxembourg.

Mehdi Baala won the 1500 meter run with his strong sprint

1500 m

space athlete country Time (min)
1 Mehdi Baala FranceFrance FRA 3: 39.02
2 Ivan Heschko UkraineUkraine UKR 3: 39.50
3 Juan Carlos Higuero SpainSpain ESP 3: 39.62
4th Arturo Casado SpainSpain ESP 3: 40.86
5 Sergio Gallardo SpainSpain ESP 3: 41.24
6th Andrew Baddeley United KingdomUnited Kingdom GBR 3: 42.31
7th Christian Obrist ItalyItaly ITA 3: 42.59
8th Liam Reale IrelandIreland IRL 3: 42.65

Final: August 9th, 7:20 pm

Mehdi Baala was able to defeat the Ukrainian Iwan Heschko and his three Spanish rivals with a long sprint, all other finalists were already behind at the beginning of the last round. Baala managed to successfully defend his title, this time having a significantly larger lead at the finish than at the photo finish in 2002 .

5000 m

space athlete country Time (min)
1 Jesús España SpainSpain ESP 13: 44.70
2 Mohammed Farah United KingdomUnited Kingdom GBR 13: 44.79
3 Juan Carlos Higuero SpainSpain ESP 13: 46.48
4th Halil Akkaş TurkeyTurkey DOOR 13: 46.53
5 Khalid Zoubaa FranceFrance FRA 13: 55.09
6th Henrik Skoog SwedenSweden SWE 13: 56.34
7th Pablo Villalobos SpainSpain ESP 13: 58.25
8th Gert-Jan Liefers NetherlandsNetherlands NED 13: 58.70

Final: August 13, 4:40 p.m.

There was no runner in the finals who was in the final in 2002 . As in all running decisions for the men from 800 meters upwards, there was also a sprint decision in the last race before the season finale after a cautious initial pace. In contrast to the other races, one of the favored Spaniards won after co-favorite Alistair Ian Cragg from Ireland was injured.

Jan Fitschen surprisingly won the 10,000 meter race

10,000 m

space athlete country Time (min)
1 Jan Fitschen GermanyGermany GER 28: 10.94
2 José Manuel Martínez SpainSpain ESP 28: 12.06
3 Juan Carlos de la Ossa SpainSpain ESP 28: 13.73
4th Christian Belz SwitzerlandSwitzerland SUI 28: 16.93
5 Serhiy Lebid UkraineUkraine UKR 28: 19.14
6th Dmitri Maximov RussiaRussia RUS 28: 20.43
7th André Pollmächer GermanyGermany GER 28: 22.56
8th Driss El Himer FranceFrance FRA 28: 30.09

Date: August 8th, 8:20 pm

The German 10,000 meter runner Jan Fitschen surprisingly became European champion and relegated the favored Spaniards José Manuel Martínez and Juan Carlos de la Ossa to second and third place. The Swiss Christian Belz took fourth place. As a German runner, Fitschen even surpassed Dieter Baumann , who had finished second on this long distance at the last European Championships in Munich in 2002 and in Budapest in 1998 .


space athlete country Time (h)
1 Stefano Baldini ItalyItaly ITA 2:11:31
2 Viktor Röthlin SwitzerlandSwitzerland SUI 2:11:49
3 Julio Rey SpainSpain ESP 2:12:36
4th Luc Krotwaar NetherlandsNetherlands NED 2:12:44
5 Francesco Ingargiolo ItalyItaly ITA 2:13:04
6th Dmitry Semyonov RussiaRussia RUS 2:13:09
7th Janne Holmén FinlandFinland FIN 2:13:10
8th Alberto Chaíça PortugalPortugal POR 2:13:14

Date: August 13, 12:10 p.m.

A group of four emerged from a tightening of pace after thirty kilometers, consisting of the Italians Stefano Baldini and Francesco Ingargiolo as well as the Swiss Viktor Röthlin and the Spaniard Julio Rey. Defending champion Janne Holmén from Finland could not follow either. Ingargiolo and Rey were also left behind up to kilometer 35, and the Dutchman Luc Krotwaar caught up with them from behind. Baldini and Röthlin stayed together up to forty kilometers. Finally, the Italian distanced the Swiss by increasing the tempo. For the bronze medal there was a duel between Rey and Krotwaar, which the Spaniard won.

Marathon cup

space country Athletes Time (h)
1 ItalyItaly Italy Stefano Baldini
Francesco Ingargiola
Danilo Goffi
2 PortugalPortugal Portugal Alberto Chaíça
Luís Jesús
Hélder Ornelas
3 NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands Luc Krotwaar
Kamiel Maase
Sander Schutgens
4th RussiaRussia Russia Dmitri Semjonow
Dmitri Burmakin
Grigory Andreyev
5 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Great Britain Dan Robinson
Huw Lobb
Tomas Abyu
6th IsraelIsrael Israel Ayele Setegne
Asaf Bimro
Wodage Zvadya
7th FinlandFinland Finland Janne Holmén
Francis Kirwa
Jaakko Kero
8th SwedenSweden Sweden Said Regraugui
Kristoffer Österlund
Kristian Algers

Date: August 13, 12:10 p.m.

In the marathon there was also a team classification, for which the times of the three best runners per nation were added. However, the evaluation was not part of the official medal table.

110 m hurdles

space athlete country Time (s)
1 Staņislavs Olijars LatviaLatvia LAT 13.24
2 Thomas Blaschek GermanyGermany GER 13.46
3 Andrew Turner United KingdomUnited Kingdom GBR 13.52
4th Igor Peremota RussiaRussia RUS 13.55
5 Robert Kronberg SwedenSweden SWE 13.57
6th Jens Werrmann GermanyGermany GER 13.73
7th Dániel Kiss HungaryHungary HUN 13.77
8th Serhiy Demydyuk UkraineUkraine UKR 13.96

Final: August 12, 5:40 p.m.

Wind: −1.0 m / s

At the first European championships in 1934 , the Latvian walker Jānis Daliņš became European champion. The Olijars gold medal was the second gold for Latvia at European championships after 72 years. Olijars also succeeded four-time European champion Colin Jackson through his victory . The final was held with a headwind of 1.0 m / s. For the only 21-year-old German Jens Werrmann, the entry into this final was already a success after he had run the personal best with 13.60 s in the run-up and was able to repeat the same time in the semifinals.

400 m hurdles

space athlete country Time (s)
1 Periklís Iakovákis GreeceGreece GRE 48.46
2 Marek Plawgo PolandPoland POLE 48.71
3 Rhys Williams United KingdomUnited Kingdom GBR 49.12
4th Naman Keïta FranceFrance FRA 49.13
5 Sébastien Maillard FranceFrance FRA 49.54
6th Gianni Carabelli ItalyItaly ITA 49.60
7th Minás Alozídis GreeceGreece GRE 49.61
8th Alexandr Derevyagin RussiaRussia RUS 50.31

Final: August 9th, 8:10 pm

The result of this race showed no surprises, Periklis Iakovákis had set the best time in advance, Marek Plawgo and Naman Keïta were among the favorites because of their experience, Rhys Williams had a fast best time from the Commonwealth Games. The course of the race, however, was quite a surprise, as Williams was still well behind after the last hurdle. Nevertheless, he was able to just overtake Keïta, who was experienced both as a hurdler and as a relay runner, in the run-out.

3000 m obstacle

Jukka Keskisalo won over 3000 meters obstacle
space athlete country Time (min)
1 Jukka Keskisalo FinlandFinland FIN 8: 24.89
2 José Luis Blanco SpainSpain ESP 8: 26.22
3 Bouabdellah Tahri FranceFrance FRA 8: 27.15
4th Mustafa Mohamed SwedenSweden SWE 8: 27.79
5 Antonio David Jimenez SpainSpain ESP 8: 28.78
6th Radosław Popławski PolandPoland POLE 8: 29.33
7th Günther Weidlinger AustriaAustria AUT 8: 29.54
8th César Pérez SpainSpain ESP 8: 30.40

Final: August 11, 7:25 p.m.

The European record holder Simon Vroemen did not make the final because of an upset stomach. The Spaniards around the defending champion Antonio David Jiménez slowed down the pace to defeat the supposedly fastest in the field, the Frenchman Bouabdellah Tahri, in a sprint. As in the 10,000-meter run , this tactic meant that an outsider with great sprint force won the race. Jukka Keskisalo is the first Finnish European champion in this discipline, because this competition had not yet been held at the first European championships in 1934 . There the two-time Finnish Olympic champion Volmari Iso-Hollo would have started as a high favorite, but the obstacle course was only included in the program at the second European championships in 1938 . Iso-Hollo's big days were over.

4 × 100 m relay

space country Athletes Time (s)
1 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Great Britain Dwain Chambers
Darren Campbell
Marlon Devonish
Mark Lewis-Francis
2 PolandPoland Poland Przemysław Rogowski
Łukasz Chyła
Marcin Jędrusiński
Dariusz Kuć
3 FranceFrance France Oudéré Kankarafou
Ronald Pognon
Fabrice Calligny
David Alerte
4th RussiaRussia Russia Maxim Mokroussow ( final )
Mikhail Jegorischew
Roman Smirnow
Alexander Smirnow ( final )
in the preliminary run also:
Iwan Tjoplych
Andrei Jepischin
5 GermanyGermany Germany Alexander Kosenkow
Marius Broening
Sebastian Ernst
Ronny Ostwald
6th ItalyItaly Italy Luca Verdecchia
Stefano Anceschi
Massimiliano Donati
Francesco Scuderi
7th UkraineUkraine Ukraine Roman Bublyk
Wassjukow Anatoly Dowhal Dmytro Hlushchenko
8th NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands Timothy Beck
Caimin Douglas
Guus Hoogmoed
Patrick van Luijk

Final: August 13th, 3:30 p.m.

4 × 400 m relay

space country Athletes Time (min)
1 FranceFrance France Leslie Djhone ( final )
Ydrissa M'Barke
Naman Keïta
Marc Raquil ( final )
in the preliminary run also:
Brice Panel
Abderahim El Haouzy
3: 01.10
2 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Great Britain Robert Tobin
Rhys Williams
Graham Hedman
Timothy Benjamin
3: 01.63
3 PolandPoland Poland Daniel Dąbrowski
Piotr Kędzia
Piotr Rysiukiewicz
Rafał Wieruszewski ( final )
in the preliminary run also:
Marcin Marciniszyn
3: 01.73
4th GermanyGermany Germany Kamghe Gaba
Florian Seitz
Ruwen Faller
Bastian Swillims
3: 02.83
5 UkraineUkraine Ukraine Olexij Ratschkowskyj
Andrij Twerdostup
Vitalij Dubonossow
Jewhen Sjukow
3: 04.33
6th RomaniaRomania Romania Vasile Boboş
Florin Suciu
Cătălin Câmpeanu
Ioan Vieru
3: 04.53
7th RussiaRussia Russia Konstantin Swetschkar
Evgeni Lebedew
Alexander Larin
Wladislaw Frolow ( final )
in the prelim also:
Ivan Busolin
3: 04.73
8th SpainSpain Spain David Melo
David Testa
Salvador Rodríguez
Santiago Ezquerro
3: 04.98

Final: August 13, 5:10 p.m.

Leslie Djhone and Naman Keïta were already part of the French bronze relay at the time in 2002 . Marc Raquil became world champions with Djhone and Naman Keïta the following year . Raquil and Djhone had won individual medals in the 400-meter run here in Gothenburg . Given this starting point, the biggest surprise was that the victory for the French was no clearer. Raquil fought a thrilling duel with the Pole Rafał Wieruszewski for almost the entire final lap before the Frenchman was able to break away on the home straight. Shortly before the finish line, Timothy Benjamin passed the Pole. His compatriot Piotr Rysiukiewicz was already in the season finals of the European Championships for the fourth time. After silver in 1998 he was able to win his second medal.

Francisco Javier Fernández - European champion with a strong performance

20 km walking

space athlete country Time (h)
1 Francisco Javier Fernández SpainSpain ESP 1:19:09
2 Valery Borchin RussiaRussia RUS 1:20:00
3 João Vieira PortugalPortugal POR 1:20:09 NO
4th Viktor Burayev RussiaRussia RUS 1:20:12
5 Sergei Bakulin RussiaRussia RUS 1:20:50
6th Matej Tóth SlovakiaSlovakia SVK 1:21:39
7th Erik Tysse NorwayNorway NOR 1:22:13
8th Giorgio Rubino ItalyItaly ITA 1:22:34

Date: August 8, 5:15 p.m.

The defending champion Francisco Javier Fernández pulled away from the rest of the field early on and marched confidently to another win. For a long time the chasing group consisted only of the three participating Russians, but the Portuguese João Vieira was able to catch up with this group and won bronze with a new national record.

50 km of walking

space athlete country Time (h)
1 Yohann Diniz FranceFrance FRA 3:41:39
2 Jesús Ángel García SpainSpain ESP 3:42:48
3 Yuri Andronov RussiaRussia RUS 3:43:26
4th Trond Nymark NorwayNorway NOR 3:44:17
5 Mikel Odriozola SpainSpain ESP 3:46:34
6th Roman Magdziarczyk PolandPoland POLE 3:47:37
7th Marco De Luca ItalyItaly ITA 3:48:08
8th Peter Korčok SlovakiaSlovakia SVK 3:51:16

Date: August 10, 9:40 a.m.

The Norwegian Trond Nymark set a fast pace and the field split up quickly. Nymark was in the lead until a few kilometers from the finish, but was then overtaken one after the other by the three medal winners. With his victory, Yohann Diniz secured the first ever gold medal for a French walker.

high jump

space athlete country Height (m)
1 Andrei Silnow RussiaRussia RUS 2.36 CR
2 Tomáš Janků Czech RepublicCzech Republic CZE 2.34
3 Stefan Holm SwedenSweden SWE 2.34
4th Linus Thornblad SwedenSweden SWE 2.34
5 Yaroslav Rybakov RussiaRussia RUS 2.30
6th Niki Palli IsraelIsrael ISR 2.27
Nicola Ciotti ItalyItaly ITA 2.27
Svatoslav tone Czech RepublicCzech Republic CZE 2.27

Final: August 9th, 6:10 pm

The Olympic champion Stefan Holm was clearly favored in front of the home crowd. In an exciting final, however, the young Andrei Silnow had the best form of the day and mastered every height in the first attempt. The real surprise was the silver medal for the experienced Tomáš Janků, whose performance was not to be expected. For Holm and his compatriot Linus Thörnblad only the third and fourth place remained.

Pole vault

space athlete country Height (m)
1 Alexander Awerbuch IsraelIsrael ISR 5.70
2 Tim Lobinger GermanyGermany GER 5.65
Romain Mesnil FranceFrance FRA 5.65
4th Matti Mononen FinlandFinland FIN 5.65
5 Przemysław Czerwiński PolandPoland POLE 5.65
6th Oleksandr Kortschmid UkraineUkraine UKR 5.60
7th Giuseppe Gibilisco ItalyItaly ITA 5.50
8th Laurens Looije NetherlandsNetherlands NED 5.50
Maksym Masuryk UkraineUkraine UKR 5.50

Final: August 13, 1:45 p.m.

Twenty jumpers took part in the final after the qualification was canceled due to rain. It was raining in this final too and the great heights were therefore not reached. The Israeli Alexander Awerbuch was able to successfully defend his title from Munich in 2002 . Tim Lobinger won his third medal at the European Championships after silver in 1998 and bronze in 2002. From a German point of view, it was disappointing that the reigning German champion Lars Börgeling failed three times in the final at his starting height of 5.50 m. He produced a so-called Salto Nullo and retired early as an apparently promising medal candidate.

Long jump

space athlete country Width (m)
1 Andrew Howe ItalyItaly ITA 8.20
2 Greg Rutherford United KingdomUnited Kingdom GBR 8.13
3 Oleksiy Lukashevytsch UkraineUkraine UKR 8.12
4th Viktor Kuznyetsov UkraineUkraine UKR 7.96
5 Kafétien Gomis FranceFrance FRA 7.93
6th Nelson Évora PortugalPortugal POR 7.91
7th Ruslan Gataullin RussiaRussia RUS 7.91
8th Loúis Tsátoumas GreeceGreece GRE 7.84

Final: August 8, 5:25 p.m.

Andrew Howe had been favored even before the European Championships and convinced in the qualification with the best distance of 8.33 m. In the final, he didn't have to use all his skills to win over young Briton Greg Rutherford. The defending champion Olexij Lukaschewytsch won the bronze medal. Only these three jumpers were able to surpass the 8-meter mark. In Munich 2002 only two jumpers managed to do this. The two German participants Sebastian Bayer - 7.66 m - and Daniel Koenig - 7.36 m - had already been eliminated in the qualification.

Clear victory for Christian Olsson

Triple jump

space athlete country Width (m)
1 Christian Olsson SwedenSweden SWE 17.67
2 Nathan Douglas United KingdomUnited Kingdom GBR 17.21
3 Marian Oprea RomaniaRomania ROU 17.18
4th Nelson Évora PortugalPortugal POR 17.07
5 Phillips Idowu United KingdomUnited Kingdom GBR 17.02
6th Daniil Burkenja RussiaRussia RUS 16.98
7th Viktor Jastrebow UkraineUkraine UKR 16.94
8th Mykola Sawolajnen UkraineUkraine UKR 16.84

Final: August 12, 3:50 p.m.

The defending champion Christian Olsson was clearly superior to his competitors. He achieved the victory distance in the second round. His jumps after that were all overstepped. In particular, his third attempt would have been even better than the winning distance. Olsson won the third gold medal for the host country Sweden at these European championships.

Shot put

Ralf Bartels - European champion with his last push
space athlete country Width (m)
1 Ralf Bartels GermanyGermany GER 21.13
2 Joachim Olsen DenmarkDenmark THE 21.09
3 Rutger Smith NetherlandsNetherlands NED 20.90
4th Pavel Sofjin RussiaRussia RUS 20.55
5 Andy Dittmar GermanyGermany GER 19.95
6th Tomasz Majewski PolandPoland POLE 19.85
7th Manuel Martínez SpainSpain ESP 19.68
8th Pavel Lyschyn BelarusBelarus BLR 19.51

Final: August 7th, 6:45 pm

After a constant series in which all five attempts were valid and were over twenty meters, Ralf Bartels was able to improve his best performance up to then in this competition from 20.57 m to 21.13 m and moved from fourth to first place increase. The Dane Joachim Olsen won the silver medal with a width of 21.09 m. Bronze went to Rutger Smith from the Netherlands. The second German athlete Andy Dittmar took fifth place.

There were three doping cases in this competition:

  • Because of repeated doping offenses, all results of the Belarusian Andrej Michnewitsch - here a second place - have been canceled since August 2005.
  • The Ukrainian Jurij Bilonoh was initially sixth. He was banned from August 18, 2004 to August 17, 2006. All results including the Olympic victory and the European Championship result have been deleted.
  • The third doping offender was the Finn Ville Tiisanoja , who originally came in eleventh. He admitted to taking testosterone , was banned for two years and fined 50,000 euros.

As a result, the participants moved up by corresponding ranks.

Discus throw

space athlete country Width (m)
1 Virgilijus Alekna Lithuania 1989Lithuania LTU 68.67
2 Gerd Kanter EstoniaEstonia EST 68.03
3 Aleksander Tammert EstoniaEstonia EST 66.14
4th Mario Pestano SpainSpain ESP 64.84
5 Michael Möllenbeck GermanyGermany GER 64.82
6th Piotr Małachowski PolandPoland POLE 64.57
7th Rutger Smith NetherlandsNetherlands NED 64.46
8th Lars Riedel GermanyGermany GER 64.11

Final: August 12, 4:30 p.m.

After bronze in 1998 and silver in 2002 , Virgilijus Alekna finally won the first ever gold medal for Lithuania at European Championships in 2006. The two Estonians Gerd Kanter and Aleksander Tammert on the squares and the Latvian Staņislavs Olijars in the hurdles made the penultimate day of the European Championships 2006 the Day of the Balts.

The eleventh-placed Hungarian Roland Varga was convicted of the doping rule violation in 2007 on the basis of a trial on July 22, 2006. He was banned for two years and his results since the sampling were canceled.

Hammer throw

Olli-Pekka Karjalainen - European hammer throw champion
space athlete country Width (m)
1 Olli-Pekka Karjalainen FinlandFinland FIN 80.84
2 Vadsim Dsevyatousky BelarusBelarus BLR 80.76
3 Markus Esser GermanyGermany GER 79.19
4th Szymon Ziółkowski PolandPoland POLE 78.79
5 Krisztián Pars HungaryHungary HUN 78.34
6th Primož Kozmus SloveniaSlovenia SLO 78.18
7th Karsten Kobs GermanyGermany GER 77.93
8th Nicola Vizzoni ItalyItaly ITA 76.55

Final: Postponed from August 11th to August 12th, 1:45 p.m.

After the competition was postponed by one day due to rain showers and the resulting delays in the decathlon , it began to rain again right on time at the beginning of the finals. As a result, the conditions were difficult and the number of unsuccessful attempts in this final increased.

Two Belarusian throwers were convicted of doping and disqualified:

  • In 2014, Iwan Zichan , who had already been convicted of doping several times , was initially the first, and was subsequently disqualified due to another doping offense. All his results between August 22, 2004 and August 21, 2006 were canceled.
  • Andrei Varantsou , initially last in the final, was tested positive for the first time in 2005 and, as a multiple offender, received a lifelong ban in 2013 after numerous violations of the doping regulations. Many of his achieved results, including the result of these European Championships, have been deleted.

Javelin throw

space athlete country Width (m)
1 Andreas Thorkildsen NorwayNorway NOR 88.78
2 Tero Pitkämäki FinlandFinland FIN 86.44
3 Jan Železný Czech RepublicCzech Republic CZE 85.92
4th Vadim's Vasiļevskis LatviaLatvia LAT 83.21
5 Ainārs Kovals LatviaLatvia LAT 81.65
6th Peter Esenwein GermanyGermany GER 81.11
7th Stefan Müller SwitzerlandSwitzerland SUI 80.87 NO
8th Alexander Ivanov RussiaRussia RUS 80.09

Final: August 9th, 7:10 pm

After the resignation of four-time European champion Steve Backley , Andreas Thorkildsen, a current Olympic champion, was able to win the javelin throw for the first time since 1971 . Jan Železný took third place again twenty years after his first European Championship participation. The Swiss Stefan Müller again set a national record in the final after he had already surpassed the old record in qualifying.


Favorite victory for Roman Šebrle
space athlete country Points
1 Roman Šebrle Czech RepublicCzech Republic CZE 8526
2 Attila Zsivóczky HungaryHungary HUN 8356
3 Alexei Drozdov RussiaRussia RUS 8350
4th Alexander Pogorelow RussiaRussia RUS 8245
5 Pascal Behrenbruch GermanyGermany GER 8209
6th Alyaksandr Parchomenka Belarus 1995Belarus BLR 8136
7th Stefan Drews GermanyGermany GER 8105
8th Romain Barras FranceFrance FRA 8093

Date: August 10th and 11th

The ranking was based on the points table from 1985. The world record holder and Olympic champion Roman Šebrle was able to defend his title from 2002 successfully and largely safely. Behind him, the experienced Hungarian Attila Zsivóczky came in second in an exciting battle for medals, mainly because Alexander Pogorelow once again destroyed all of his chances in the 1,500 meter run that he had previously laboriously built up. Of the three German participants, the youngest, Pascal Behrenbruch, turned out to be the (nerve) strongest. In the final 1500 meter run, however, he stayed 22 seconds above his best time and therefore missed the chance for a medal. So he had to wait six years before winning the title at the 2012 European Championships . The competition was interrupted several times due to heavy rain showers, which significantly impaired the jumping disciplines in particular.

Results women

100 m

space Athlete country Time (s)
1 Kim Gevaert BelgiumBelgium BEL 11.06
2 Ekaterina Grigoryeva RussiaRussia RUS 11.22
3 Irina Khabarova RussiaRussia RUS 11.22
4th Joice Maduaka United KingdomUnited Kingdom GBR 11.24
5 Julia Gushchina RussiaRussia RUS 11.31
6th Julia Neszjarenka Belarus 1995Belarus BLR 11.34
7th Sylviane Félix FranceFrance FRA 11.40
8th Daria Onyśko PolandPoland POLE 11.43

Final: August 9th, 8:25 pm

Wind: +0.8 m / s

Kim Gevaert looked so confident from the preliminary to the semifinals that she went into the final as the clear favorite. She lived up to this role and won superiorly. Kim Gevaert won the first gold medal at European Championships for Belgium since 1971 .

200 m

Kim Gevaert dominated both sprint courses at these European championships
space Athlete country Time (s)
1 Kim Gevaert BelgiumBelgium BEL 22.68
2 Julia Gushchina RussiaRussia RUS 22.93
3 Natalia Russakova RussiaRussia RUS 23.09
4th Monika Bejnar PolandPoland POLE 23.28
5 Sylviane Félix FranceFrance FRA 23.45
6th Ekaterina Kondratyeva RussiaRussia RUS 23.58
7th Olena Chebanu UkraineUkraine UKR 23.63
8th Angela Moroșanu RomaniaRomania ROU 23.66

Final: August 11th, 8:45 pm

Wind: −0.8 m / s

No Belgian had won gold since the first European Women's Championships in 1938 . Now, two days after her victory over 100 meters , Kim Gevaert also won the 200-meter run with ease. At the finish she was expected by the high jumper Tia Hellebaut , who had won high jump gold immediately before the start of the race . The two Belgians went on the lap of honor together.

400 m

space Athlete country Time (s)
1 Vanya Stambolova BulgariaBulgaria BUL 49.85
2 Tatiana Weschkurowa RussiaRussia RUS 50.15
3 Olga Saizewa RussiaRussia RUS 50.28
4th Marijana Dimitrova BulgariaBulgaria BUL 50.64
5 Ilona Ussowitsch Belarus 1995Belarus BLR 50.69 NO
6th Nicola Sanders United KingdomUnited Kingdom GBR 50.87
7th Svetlana Pospelova RussiaRussia RUS 50.90
8th Joanne Cuddihy IrelandIreland IRL 51.46

Final: August 10, 6:50 p.m.

As with the men, the 400-meter run was the first competition for women in which none of the 2002 finalists reached the final. However, there were experienced relay runners at the start. The winner Vanya Stambolowa had consolidated her role as one of the favorites in the previous rounds. The biggest surprise is that the other favorite, Olga Saizewa, “only” won bronze. The Belarusian Ilona Ussowitsch had already set a new national record with 50.74 seconds in the qualification and was fifth again in the final.

800 m

space Athlete country Time (min)
1 Olga Kotlyarova RussiaRussia RUS 1: 57.38
2 Svetlana Kljuka RussiaRussia RUS 1: 57.48
3 Rebecca Lyne United KingdomUnited Kingdom GBR 1: 58.45
4th Tetiana Petlyuk UkraineUkraine UKR 1: 58.65
5 Brigita Langerholc SloveniaSlovenia SLO 1: 59.30
6th Teodora Kolarova BulgariaBulgaria BUL 2:00.00
7th Mayte Martínez SpainSpain ESP 2: 00.10
8th Svetlana Cherkassova RussiaRussia RUS 2: 03.43

Final: August 10, 8:05 p.m.

According to the list of the best before the European Championships, the Russians were registered with the fastest times and only had to fear a slow race because then the sprint force of the Spanish Mayte Martínez had to be taken into account. Svetlana Cherkassova sacrificed her own chances and gave the pacemaker. In the end she fell back to last place, but her teammates won gold and silver. The winner Olga Kotlyarova, a member of successful Russian 4 x 400 meter relay teams for years , came to her first major individual title after switching to the 800 meter distance .

1500 m

space Athlete country Time (min)
1 Tatiana Tomaschowa RussiaRussia RUS 3: 56.91 CR
2 Julia Chischenko RussiaRussia RUS 3: 57.61
3 Daniela Jordanova BulgariaBulgaria BUL 3: 59.37
4th Elena Soboleva RussiaRussia RUS 4: 00.36
5 Lidia Chojecka PolandPoland POLE 4: 01.43
6th Corina Dumbrăvean RomaniaRomania ROU 4: 02.24
7th Natalija Tobias UkraineUkraine UKR 4: 02.71
8th Iryna Lishchynska UkraineUkraine UKR 4: 04.98

Final: August 13, 3:55 p.m.

As in almost all women's races, the pace was accelerated from the start in this decision. The two-time world champion Tatjana Tomaschowa was able to win European championship gold after bronze in Munich in 2002 . Bulgarian Daniela Jordanowa, fifth in Munich 2002, took third place in the final sprint and prevented a Russian triple victory.

5000 m

space Athlete country Time (min)
1 Marta Domínguez SpainSpain ESP 14: 56.18 CR
2 Lilia Shobuchova RussiaRussia RUS 14: 56.57
3 Elvan Abeylegesse TurkeyTurkey DOOR 14: 59.29
4th Joanne Pavey United KingdomUnited Kingdom GBR 15: 01.41
5 Wolha Krauzowa Belarus 1995Belarus BLR 15: 06.47
6th Sabrina Mockenhaupt GermanyGermany GER 15: 11.38
7th Susanne Wigene NorwayNorway NOR 15: 11.79
8th Krisztina Papp HungaryHungary HUN 15: 16.85

Date: August 12, 5:15 p.m.

Of the eight winners, four had already taken part in the 10,000 meter run five days earlier . The winner Marta Domínguez was able to successfully defend her title from 2002 . Born in Ethiopia, Elvan Abeylegesse had given up exhausted in the 10,000 meter run, but was able to recover sufficiently to win the first medal for Turkey at these European championships. The British Jo Pavey had ensured the decisive increase in pace, but could not run into the medal ranks as fourth.

Inga Abitowa - European champion in a fast race

10,000 m

space Athlete country Time (min)
1 Inga Abitowa RussiaRussia RUS 30: 31.42
2 Susanne Wigene NorwayNorway NOR 30: 32.36
3 Lidija Grigoryeva RussiaRussia RUS 30: 32.72
4th Galina Bogomolova RussiaRussia RUS 30: 35.90
5 Lornah Kiplagat NetherlandsNetherlands NED 30: 37.26
6th Jeļena Prokopčuka LatviaLatvia LAT 30: 38.78 NO
7th Marta Domínguez SpainSpain ESP 30: 51.69 NO
8th Sabrina Mockenhaupt GermanyGermany GER 31: 40.28

Date: August 7th, 8:10 pm

All three medal winners - Russian Inga Abitowa, Norwegian Susanne Wigene and Russian Lidija Grigorjewa - achieved personal bests. The fourth-placed Galina Bogomolowa and the Dutchwoman Lornah Kiplagat each achieved new season best times. Jeļena Prokopčuka from Latvia and Marta Domínguez from Spain set national records. The eighth-placed German Sabrina Mockenhaupt and her compatriot Irina Mikitenko achieved personal bests of the season in ninth place. The Swiss Mirja Jenni-Moser finished seventeenth with her personal best.


European champion Ulrike Maisch had the best division of the race
space Athlete country Time (h)
1 Ulrike Maisch GermanyGermany GER 2:30:01
2 Olivera Jevtić SerbiaSerbia SER 2:30:27
3 Irina Permitina RussiaRussia RUS 2:30:53
4th Živilė Balčiūnaitė Lithuania 1989Lithuania LTU 2:31:01
5 Bruna Genovese ItalyItaly ITA 2:31:15
6th Alevtina Biktimirova RussiaRussia RUS 2:31:23
7th Deborah Toniolo ItalyItaly ITA 2:31:31
8th Giovanna Volpato ItalyItaly ITA 2:32:04

Date: August 12, 12:10 p.m.

Ulrike Maisch was eighth in 2002 and was actually only rated as the third strongest German runner. She did not keep up with the pace of the top group during the first accelerations after the half marathon mark, but was able to overtake all runners in the final section and win the first gold medal in the women's marathon for Germany. Olivera Jevtić won the first medal for Serbia at these European championships.

Marathon cup

space country Athletes Time (h)
1 ItalyItaly Italy Bruna Genovese
Deborah Toniolo
Giovanna Volpato
2 RussiaRussia Russia Irina Permitina
Alewtina Biktimirowa
Nailja Julamanowa
3 GermanyGermany Germany Ulrike Maisch
Claudia Dreher
Susanne Hahn

In the marathon there was also a team ranking, for which the times of the three best runners per nation were added. However, the evaluation was not part of the official medal table.

100 m hurdles

Susanne Kallur provided another Swedish victory over the 100 meter hurdles
space Athlete country Time (s)
1 Susanna Kallur SwedenSweden SWE 12.59
2 Kirsten Bolm GermanyGermany GER 12.72
Derval O'Rourke IrelandIreland IRL 12.72 NO
4th Glory alozie SpainSpain ESP 12.86
5 Aurelia Trywiańska PolandPoland POLE 12.90
6th Alexandra Antonova RussiaRussia RUS 12.93
7th Jenny Kallur SwedenSweden SWE 12.94
8th Adrianna Lamalle FranceFrance FRA 12.99

Final: August 11, 7:50 p.m.

Wind: +0.5 m / s

Susanna Kallur won the first gold for a Swedish runner since Ann-Louise Skoglund won the 400 meter hurdles in 1982 . Since Susanna Kallur's twin sister Jenny was only seventh, the Kallur sisters could not repeat the success of the brothers Mirosław Wodzyński and Leszek Wodzyński , who had won two medals as siblings in the 110-meter hurdles at the 1974 European Championships .

First, the Irish Derval O'Rourke was led with a national record as the sole runner-up. After evaluating the two target photos , the German team filed a protest, which was granted. Kirsten Bolm also received silver.

400 m hurdles

space Athlete country Time (s)
1 Yevgenia Isakova RussiaRussia RUS 53.93
2 Faní Halkiá GreeceGreece GRE 54.02
3 Tetiana Tereshchuk-Antipova UkraineUkraine UKR 54.55
4th Claudia Marx GermanyGermany GER 54.99
5 Natalia Ivanova RussiaRussia RUS 55.04
6th Anna Jesień PolandPoland POLE 55.16
7th Tasha Danvers-Smith United KingdomUnited Kingdom GBR 55.56
8th Anastasija Rabchenyuk UkraineUkraine UKR 55.74

Final: August 9th, 8:10 pm

3000 m obstacle

space Athlete country Time (min)
1 Alessja Turawa Belarus 1995Belarus BLR 9: 26.05 CR
2 Tatiana Petrova RussiaRussia RUS 9: 28.05
3 Wioletta Janowska PolandPoland POLE 9: 31.62
4th Lyubov Ivanova RussiaRussia RUS 9: 33.53
5 Veerle Dejaeghere BelgiumBelgium BEL 9: 35.78
6th Elena Sidortschenkova RussiaRussia RUS 9: 38.05
7th Ida Nilsson SwedenSweden SWE 9: 39.24 NO
8th Zulema Fuentes-Pila SpainSpain ESP 9: 40.36 NO

Final: August 12, 4:15 p.m.

The women's 3000 meter obstacle course was held for the first time as part of the European championships. The winner Alessja Turawa ran a personal best of the season; she is the sister of the walker Ryta Turawa , who won the 20 km walk here in Gothenburg .

In the qualifying competitions, three national records were improved by the Dutchman Miranda Boonstra with 9:45:87 min, the Italian Elena Romagnolo - 9:52:38 min - and by the Greek Iríni Kokkinaríou - 9:53:07 min. Romagnolo and Kokkinaríou could not qualify for the final.

4 × 100 m relay

space country Athletes Time (s)
1 RussiaRussia Russia Julija Guschtschina ( final )
Natalja Russakowa
Irina Chabarowa
Jekaterina Grigorjewa ( final )
in the preliminary run also:
Jekaterina Kondratjewa
Larissa Kruglowa
2 United KingdomUnited Kingdom Great Britain Anyika Onuora
Emma Ania ( final )
Emily Freeman
Joice Maduaka
in the preliminary run also:
Laura Turner-Alleyne
3 Belarus 1995Belarus Belarus Julija Neszjarenka
Natallja Safronnikawa
Alena Neumjarschyzkaja
Aksana Drahun
4th UkraineUkraine Ukraine Olena
Tschebanu Halyna Tonkowyd
Iryna Shtanhjejewa
Iryna Schepertjuk
5 SwedenSweden Sweden Susanna Kallur
Carolina Klüft ( final )
Jenny Kallur
Emma Green
in the preliminary run also:
Emma Rienas
DNF GermanyGermany Germany Katja Tengel
Marion Wagner
Cathleen Tschirch
Verena Sailer
FranceFrance France Véronique Mang
Fabienne Beret-Martinel
Adrianna Lamalle
Muriel Hurtis-Houairi
BelgiumBelgium Belgium Hanna Mariën
Frauke Penen
Olivia Borlée
Kim Gevaert

Final: August 13, 2:50 p.m.

The finish in this race was very clear, after three relays did not reach the finish due to substitution errors. The Russian team was clearly superior to all other teams; In the final it consisted exclusively of runners who had won medals at these European championships in the 100 or 200-meter run . The Swedish relay, consisting of two hurdlers, a high jumper and a heptathlete, had the most prominent line-up, but the changes were not certain and so the team only reached the goal with luck.

The Irish season, which could not qualify for the final, ran in the run-up with 44.38 s national record.

4 × 400 m relay

space country Athletes Time (min)
1 RussiaRussia Russia Svetlana Pospelowa
Natalja Iwanowa
Olga Saizewa ( final )
Tatiana Weschkurowa ( final )
in the preliminary also:
Jelena Migunowa
Tatjana Firowa
3: 25.12
2 Belarus 1995Belarus Belarus Juljana Schalnjaruk ( final )
Swjatlana Ussowitsch
Hanna Kosak
Ilona Ussowitsch ( final )
in addition:
Kaziarina Bobrik
Irina Chliustawa
3: 27.69
3 PolandPoland Poland Monika Bejnar ( final )
Grażyna Prokopek
Ewelina Sętowska
Anna Jesień
in the preliminary run also:
Marta Chrust-Rożej
3: 27.77
4th United KingdomUnited Kingdom Great Britain Lee McConnell
Emma Duck
Marilyn Okoro
Nicola Sanders ( final )
in the preliminary run also:
Jenny Meadows
3: 28.17
5 GermanyGermany Germany Korinna Fink
Claudia Hoffmann
Anja Pollmächer
Claudia Marx
3: 28.18
6th UkraineUkraine Ukraine Ksenija Karandjuk
Oksana Ilyushkina
Oksana Shcherbak
Natalija Pyhyda
3: 30.95
7th FranceFrance France Phara Anacharsis
Thélia Sigère
Anita Mormand
Solène Désert
3: 32.38
8th BulgariaBulgaria Bulgaria Monika Gatschewska
Marijana Dimitrova
Teodora Kolarowa
Nedjalka Nedkowa
3: 33.75

Final: August 13, 4:15 p.m.

20 km walking

space Athlete country Time (h)
1 Ryta Turawa Belarus 1995Belarus BLR 1:27:08
2 Olga Kaniskina RussiaRussia RUS 1:28:35
3 Elisa Rigaudo ItalyItaly ITA 1:28:37
4th Kjersti places NorwayNorway NOR 1:28:45
5 Claudia Ștef RomaniaRomania ROU 1:29:27
6th Sabine Zimmer GermanyGermany GER 1:29:56
7th Sylwia Korzeniowska PolandPoland POLE 1:30:31 NO
8th Vera Santos PortugalPortugal POR 1:30:41

Date: August 9, 5:15 p.m.

Immediately after the start, Ryta Turawa set himself apart from all pursuers in the stadium and went to a start-finish victory that was not endangered in any phase of the competition. Ryta Turawa is the sister of Alesja Turawa , who won the 3000 meter obstacle course in Gothenburg . Seventh-placed Polish Sylwia Korzeniowska set a new national record. She is the younger sister of the successful walker Robert Korzeniowski , who won the 50 km walk at the European Championships in 1998 and 2002 .

high jump

Tia Hellebaut, surprise winner in a high-class competition
space Athlete country Height (m)
1 Tia Hellebaut BelgiumBelgium BEL 2.03 NR / CR
2 Wenelina Wenewa BulgariaBulgaria BUL 2.03 CR
3 Kajsa Bergqvist SwedenSweden SWE 2.01
4th Blanka Vlašić CroatiaCroatia CRO 2.01
5 Jelena Slessarenko RussiaRussia RUS 1.99
6th Iryna Mychaltchenko UkraineUkraine UKR 1.95
7th Ekaterina Savchenko RussiaRussia RUS 1.95
Anna Chicherova RussiaRussia RUS 1.95

Final: August 11th, 6:30 p.m.

In front of the home crowd, the defending champion Kajsa Bergqvist was considered a high favorite, but in a high-class competition with four jumpers over 2.01 m, like her compatriot Stefan Holm , she had to be satisfied with bronze in the men's high jump . The winner was the heptathlete Tia Hellebaut, who was able to set two national records in the final. In the last jump of the competition, the Bulgarian Wenelina Wenewa failed just 2.05 m and thus missed the first high jump gold at the European Championships after Stefka Kostadinowa in 1986 for Bulgaria.

Deirdre Ryan jumped the Irish national record with 1.92 m in qualifying, but did not get into these areas in the final and was thirteenth.

Pole vault

space Athlete country Height (m)
1 Elena Isinbayeva RussiaRussia RUS 4.80 CR
2 Monika Pyrek PolandPoland POLE 4.65
3 Tatiana Polnova RussiaRussia RUS 4.65
4th Svetlana Feofanova RussiaRussia RUS 4.50
5 Martina Strutz GermanyGermany GER 4.50
6th Silke Spiegelburg GermanyGermany GER 4.50
7th Naroa Agirre SpainSpain ESP 4.45
8th Róza Kasprzak PolandPoland POLE 4.40

Final: August 12, 3:00 p.m.

The defending champion Svetlana Feofanowa had her first failed attempt at 4.60 m and then played poker. But she could no longer achieve a valid jump and remained medalless. The second from 2002 and world record holder Jelena Isinbayeva only started at 4.60 m. After she had secured gold with a jump of 4.80 m, she tried three times without a chance at the new world record height of 5.02 m. Whether she really counted on a chance to set the record in the face of the rain or whether she just wanted to do the audience a favor remained unclear.

Long jump

space Athlete country Width (m)
1 Lyudmila Kolchanova RussiaRussia RUS 6.93
2 Naide Gomes PortugalPortugal POR 6.84
3 Oxana Udmurtova RussiaRussia RUS 6.69
4th Viktoria Rybalko UkraineUkraine UKR 6.62
5 Adina Anton RomaniaRomania ROU 6.54
6th Carolina Klüft SwedenSweden SWE 6.54
7th Niurka Montalvo SpainSpain ESP 6.50
8th Natalia Lebusova RussiaRussia RUS 6.49

Final: August 13, 3:15 p.m.

In the final there was only one jumper, Hungarian Tünde Vaszi , who had reached the final at the European Championships in 2002 . However, she was eliminated in ninth place in the preliminary fight. The two favored Russians reached the medal ranks in the end, but were harassed by the Portuguese Naide Gomes. Gomes had already won medals in the hall, but won the first ever medal in a jumping competition for Portugal at the European Open Air Championships with silver.

Triple jump

Tatiana Lebedewa won with a new championship record
space Athlete country Width (m)
1 Tatiana Lebedeva RussiaRussia RUS 15.15 CR
2 Hrisopiyí Devetzí GreeceGreece GRE 15.05
3 Anna Pyatych RussiaRussia RUS 15.02
4th Olha Saladucha UkraineUkraine UKR 14.38
5 Olesya Bufalova RussiaRussia RUS 14.23
6th Teresa Marinova BulgariaBulgaria BUL 14.20
7th Adelina Gavrilă RomaniaRomania ROU 14.19
8th Natallja Safronawa Belarus 1995Belarus BLR 14.13

Final: August 9, 5:45 p.m.

In the first attempt of the competition Chrysopigi Devetzi achieved a personal best of the season with 15.05 m. The two favorite Russians Anna Pjatych and Tatjana Lebedewa got closer with each round. With her last jump Lebedewa managed to overtake the Greek and become European champion.

Shot put

space Athlete country Width (m)
1 Natallja Charaneka Belarus 1995Belarus BLR 19.43
2 Petra Lammert GermanyGermany GER 19.17
3 Olga Ryabinkina RussiaRussia RUS 19.02
4th Assunta Legnante ItalyItaly ITA 18.83
5 Nadine Kleinert GermanyGermany GER 18.47
6th Irina Khudoroschkina RussiaRussia RUS 18.44
7th Chiara Rosa ItalyItaly ITA 18.23
8th Krystyna Zabawska PolandPoland POLE 17.99

Final: August 12, 1:35 p.m.

In the first attempt, Nadine Kleinert took the lead, but could not improve afterwards. Petra Lammert took the lead with 19.06 m in the second round. In the final battle she was overtaken by the reigning indoor world champion Natallja Charaneka from Belarus, but she maintained silver until the end. Nadine Kleinert finally came in fifth. In a competition with few highlights - which was certainly also due to the weather - only the fourth-placed Italian Assunta Legnante exceeded her personal best of the year.

With the Russian Nadseja Astaptschuk there was a doping case in this discipline. The athlete was convicted of doping fraud several times in her career, with corresponding consequences, including the withdrawal of results. This included her title at the 2005 World Championships , her second place at the 2006 European Championships and her 2012 Olympic victory .

Discus throw

space Athlete country Width (m)
1 Darja Pishchalnikova RussiaRussia RUS 65.55
2 Franka Dietzsch GermanyGermany GER 64.35
3 Nicoleta Grasu RomaniaRomania ROU 63.58
4th Kateryna Karsak UkraineUkraine UKR 62.45
5 Wioletta Potępa PolandPoland POLE 61.78
6th Elina Swerava Belarus 1995Belarus BLR 61.72
7th Věra Pospíšilová-Cechlová Czech RepublicCzech Republic CZE 60.71
8th Dragana Tomašević SerbiaSerbia SER 60.20

Final: August 10, 7:30 p.m.

The list of participants showed some female throwers with years of experience. The tenth-placed Belarusian Iryna Jattschanka (40 years old) and the sixth-placed Belarusian Elina Swerava (45 years old) had both been in the ring at the 1990 European Championships for the Soviet Union. The German Franka Dietzsch (38 years old) and the Romanian Nicoleta Grasu (34 years old) reached the winners' podium as in 1998 . Franka Dietzsch went into the competition as the world's best of the year, but did not quite live up to her role. The 21-year-old winner Darja Pishchalnikova - she achieved a personal best - has been successful since 2001 when she became European youth champion and vice world champion.

The eighth-placed Serbian Dragana Tomašević set a new national record in qualification with 63.63 m. In the final she was more than three meters behind this distance and came in eighth place.

An athlete was also convicted of doping abuse in the discus . The result of Belarusian Iryna Jattschanka , who was initially ninth , was canceled , as was her third place at the 2004 Olympic Games .

Hammer throw

space Athlete country Width (m)
1 Tatiana Lysenko RussiaRussia RUS 76.67 CR
2 Gulfija Hanafejewa RussiaRussia RUS 74.50
3 Kamila Skolimowska PolandPoland POLE 72.58
4th Maryna Smalyachkova Belarus 1995Belarus BLR 71.87
5 Betty Heidler GermanyGermany GER 70.89
6th Kathrin Klaas GermanyGermany GER 70.59
7th Clarissa Claretti ItalyItaly ITA 69.78
8th Iryna Sekacheva UkraineUkraine UKR 69.08

Final: August 8th, 7:30 p.m.

The first major international title for Steffi Nerius

Javelin throw

space Athlete country Width (m)
1 Steffi Nerius GermanyGermany GER 65.82
2 Barbora Špotáková Czech RepublicCzech Republic CZE 65.64
3 Mercedes Chilla SpainSpain ESP 61.98
4th Christina Obergföll GermanyGermany GER 61.89
5 Christina Scherwin DenmarkDenmark THE 61.81
6th Rumiana Karapetrova BulgariaBulgaria BUL 61.78
7th Barbara Madejczyk PolandPoland POLE 59.92
8th Annika Suthe GermanyGermany GER 58.25

Final: August 13, 2:35 p.m.

Barbora Špotáková and Steffi Nerius were already clearly superior to all other participants in the qualification. The Czech had even set a new national record with 66.12 m. In the final, the Czech took the lead straight away, but couldn't improve. Nerius took the lead in the fifth round and won her first gold medal with her season best in her third final. The battle for the bronze medal was just as exciting, surprisingly won by the Spaniard Mercedes Chilla. She also threw her season best and was the first Spanish woman ever to win a medal in a throwing discipline.


Carolina Klüft - after Olympic victory and World Cup title, now also European champion
space Athlete country Points
1 Carolina Klüft SwedenSweden SWE 6740 CR
2 Karin Ruckstuhl NetherlandsNetherlands NED 6423 NO
3 Lilli Schwarzkopf GermanyGermany GER 6420
4th Jennifer Oeser GermanyGermany GER 6376
5 Lyudmyla Blonska UkraineUkraine UKR 6357
6th Natalia Dobrynska UkraineUkraine UKR 6356
7th Kelly Sotherton United KingdomUnited Kingdom GBR 6290
8th Jessica Ennis United KingdomUnited Kingdom GBR 6287

Date: August 7th and 8th

The points table from 1985 was used for scoring.

The first all-around competition at these European Championships, the heptathlon women, began on the first day of competition. The big favorite for gold was the Swedish Olympic and world champion Carolina Klüft, who set a new personal best of the season in the end. The French Eunice Barber , who was rated as the strongest competitor, had to end the competition apparently due to an injury after two disciplines in which she had achieved very good results. In a dramatic finish in the last discipline, the 800-meter run , the German Lilli Schwarzkopf missed the silver medal against the Dutch Karin Ruckstuhl by just two tenths of a second. Both finished the competition with personal bests. The Dutch woman also improved her own national record. The second German Jennifer Oeser improved her best performances in four disciplines and thus also her own best mark in the overall result by 125 points. The sixth-placed Ukrainian Natalja Dobrynska and the British Jessica Ennis in eighth achieved personal bests of the season.


Web links

Commons : European Athletics Championships 2006  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. a b IOC disqualifies four medallists from Athens 2004 following further analysis of stored samples on, December 5, 2012, accessed on February 7, 2019.
  3. a b Ville Tiisanoja admits testosterone intake on, August 31, 2006, accessed on February 7, 2019.
  4. a b Revision of results following sanctions of Tsikhan and Ostapchuk at (English), accessed on July 25, 2015
  5. a b Athletes currently suspended from all competitions in athletics following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation ( Memento from October 16, 2015 in the Internet Archive ) English (PDF, 228 kB), accessed on July 25, 2015
  6. a b Olympics 2012: Nadzeya Ostapchuk Loses Gold Medal Following Failed Doping Test on, August 13, 2012 (English), accessed on February 7, 2019
  7. a b Doping-Four Athens Games athletes stripped of medals on, December 5, 2012 (English), accessed on February 7, 2019