1969 European Athletics Championships
|9th European Athletics Championships|
|Host city||Athens, Greece|
|Date(s)||16 – 21 September 1969|
|Main stadium||Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium|
|Participation||674 athletes from
The 9th European Athletics Championships were held from 16–21 September 1969 in the Karaiskaki Stadium of Athens, the capital of Greece. New at these championships were the women's 1500 metres and the women's 4×400 metres relay event. Moreover, women's 80 metres hurdles was replaced by women's 100 metres hurdles. Contemporaneous reports on the event were given in the Glasgow Herald.
Former East German runner Jürgen May who defected was not allowed to compete for his new country West Germany, because IAAF rules require him to live there for at least three years, as he competed already for East Germany in the 1966 championships. As a consequence, West German officials withdrew their athletes from all individual events, and decided to compete only in the relay races as a symbolic gesture not to disrespect the organising country.
Complete results were published.
||Valeriy Borzov (URS)||10.4||Alain Sarteur (FRA)||10.4||Philippe Clerc (SUI)||10.5|
||Philippe Clerc (SUI)||20.6 CR||Herman Burde (GDR)||20.9||Zenon Nowosz (POL)||20.9|
||Jan Werner (POL)||45.7 CR||Jean-Claude Nallet (FRA)||45.8||Stanisław Grędziński (POL)||45.8|
||Dieter Fromm (GDR)||1:45.9 =CR||Jozef Plachý (TCH)||1:46.2||Manfred Matuschewski (GDR)||1:46.8|
||John Whetton (GBR)||3:39.4 CR||Frank Murphy (IRL)||3:39.5||Henryk Szordykowski (POL)||3:39.8|
||Ian Stewart (GBR)||13:44.8||Rashid Sharafetdinov (URS)||13:45.8||Alan Blinston (GBR)||13:47.6|
||Jürgen Haase (GDR)||28:41.6||Michael Tagg (GBR)||28:43.2||Nikolay Sviridov (URS)||28:45.8|
|110 metres hurdles
||Eddy Ottoz (ITA)||13.5 CR||David Hemery (GBR)||13.7||Alan Pascoe (GBR)||13.9|
|400 metres hurdles
||Vyacheslav Skomorokhov (URS)||49.7||John Sherwood (GBR)||50.1||Andrew Todd (GBR)||50.3|
|3000 metres steeplechase
||Mikhail Zhelev (BUL)||8:25.0 CR||Aleksandr Morozov (URS)||8:25.6||Vladimir Dudin (URS)||8:26.6|
|4 × 100 metres relay
|38.8 CR|| Soviet Union
|4 × 400 metres relay
|3:02.3 CR|| Soviet Union
|3:03.0|| West Germany
||Ron Hill (GBR)||2:16:47.8||Gaston Roelants (BEL)||2:17:22.2||Jim Alder (GBR)||2:19:05.8|
|20 kilometres walk
||Paul Nihill (GBR)||1:30:48.0||Leonida Karaiosifoglu (ROU)||1:31:06.4||Nikolay Smaga (URS)||1:31:20.2|
|50 kilometres walk
||Christoph Hohne (GDR)||4:12:32.8 CR||Peter Selzer (GDR)||4:16:09.6||Veniamin Soldatenko (URS)||4:23:04.8|
||Valentin Gavrilov (URS)||2.17 m||Reijo Vähälä (FIN)||2.17 m||Erminio Azzaro (ITA)||2.17 m|
||Wolfgang Nordwig (GDR)||5.30 m CR||Kjell Isaksson (SWE)||5.20 m||Aldo Righi (ITA)||5.10 m|
|Igor Ter-Ovanesyan (URS)||8.17 m w||Lynn Davies (GBR)||8.07 m w||Tõnu Lepik (URS)||8.04 m w|
||Viktor Saneyev (URS)||17.34 m [nb2]||Zoltán Cziffra (HUN)||16.85 m||Klaus Neumann (GDR)||16.68 m|
||Dieter Hoffmann (GDR)||20.12 m CR||Heinz-Joachim Rothenburg (GDR)||20.05 m||Hans-Peter Gies (GDR)||19.78 m|
||Hartmut Losch (GDR)||61.82 m CR||Ricky Bruch (SWE)||61.08 m||Lothar Milde (GDR)||59.34 m|
||Anatoliy Bondarchuk (URS)||74.68 m CR||Romuald Klim (URS)||72.74 m||Reinhard Theimer (GDR)||72.02 m|
||Jānis Lūsis (URS)||91.52 m CR||Pauli Nevala (FIN)||89.58 m||Janusz Sidło (POL)||82.90 m|
||Joachim Kirst (GDR)||8041 pts CR||Herbert Wessel (GDR)||7828 pts||Viktor Chelnikov (URS)||7801 pts|
- nb1 Max Klauß from East Germany jumped 8.00 in the final, which was a new championship record.
- nb2 Probably wind assisted. As of statistic handbooks Viktor Saneyev's mark wasn't ratified as a new championship record.
According to an unofficial count, 675 athletes from 30 countries participated in the event, one athlete more than the official number of 674 as published.
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