2014 IPC Athletics European Championships

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IPC Athletics European Championships
2014 IPC Athletics European Championships logo.jpg
Host citySwansea, Wales, UK
Nations participating37
Athletes participating550
Events193
Dates18 – 23 August
Main venueSwansea University
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The 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships was a track and field competition for athletes with a disability open to International Paralympic Committee (IPC) affiliated countries within Europe. It was held in Swansea, Wales and lasted from 18 to 23 August. The competition was staged at Swansea University Stadium. Approximately 550 athletes from 37 countries attended the games.[1]

Russia won the Games atop the medal table with 41 Gold medals, and also collected the greatest overall medal haul with 88.[2] The host nation, Britain, finished third.[2] Of the 37 competing nations, 34 managed to achieve a podium finish.[3] There were seven world records set and a further seven European records, in a games that was beset by difficult weather conditions throughout the tournament.[4]

Venue[edit]

The venue for the Championships was the Swansea University athletics stadium.[5]

Format[edit]

The 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships is an invitational tournament taking in track and field events. No combined sports were included in the 2014 Championships. Not all events were open to all classifications, though no events were contested between classifications.

Athletes finishing in first place are awarded the gold medal, second place the silver medal and third place the bronze. If only three competitors are available to challenge for an event then no bronze medal is awarded. Some events will be classed as 'no medal' events.

Coverage[edit]

As with the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, the IPC produced live streaming footage of the Championships on ParalympicSport.TV. In the United Kingdom Channel 4 continued their commitment to para-sport with their own live streaming website and daily live coverage shown on their sister channel More4.[6]

Events[edit]

The flags of the competing nations at the 2014 Championships.

Opening ceremony[edit]

The Championship opening ceremony took place at the Swansea University Stadium on the night of 18 August the day before the first events were held. The competition was officially opened by Welsh Assembly Minister John Griffiths followed by an address by the IPC president Sir Philip Craven.[7]

The IPC flag carried into the stadium by schoolgirl Molly Hopkins, the youngest Swansea 2014 ambassador, Paralympian champion John Harris, swimmer Jack Thomas and games volunteer Harmony Dumay; before it was raised to signal the opening of the games. The swearing of the oaths were undertaken by Welsh athlete Josie Pearson, her coach Anthony Hughes, and on behalf of the officials by Matt Witt.[7]

Entertainment was provided at the venue by singers Shaheen Jafargholi and John Adams; and the Morriston Orpheus Choir.[7]

Classification[edit]

To ensure competition is as fair and balanced as possible, athletes are classified dependent on how their disability impacts on their chosen event/s. Thus athletes may compete in an event against competitors with a different disability to themselves. Where there are more than one classification in one event, (for example discus throw F54/55/56), a points system is used to determine the winner.

  • F = field athletes
  • T = track athletes
  • 11-13 – visually impaired, 11 and 12 compete with a sighted guide
  • 20 – intellectual disability
  • 31-38 – cerebral palsy or other conditions that affect muscle co-ordination and control. Athletes in class 31-34 compete in a seated position; athletes in class 35-38 compete standing.
  • 41-46 – amputation, les autres
  • 51-58 – wheelchair athletes

Schedule[edit]

The final of the men's T54 400m sprint. The Netherlands' Kenny van Weeghel celebrates the gold medal during the victory lap.
The final of the men's T12 400m sprint. Germany's Thomas Ulbricht wins gold, here challenged by Elmir Jabrayilov
 ●  Opening ceremony     Events  ●  Closing ceremony
Date → 18 19 20 21 22 23
100 m Men
Details
T12
T42
T44
T35
T36
T37
T38
T34
T54
T33
T53
T51
T13
T11
T47
Women
Details
T42
T44
T37
T34
T51
T53
T13
T54
T47
T38
T35
T12
T11
T36 T33
T52
200 m Men
Details
T47
T44
T11
T12
T13
T35
T36
T37
T38
T42
T34
T53
T54
Women
Details
T36 T12
T35
T44
T11
400 m Men
Details
T51 T44
T36
T54
T52
T12
T53
T37
T38
T47
T13
T20
T11
T34
Women
Details
T13
T53
T47
T54
T20
T52
T44
T37
T38
T12
T11
800 m Men
Details
T53 T38
T34
T36
T54
Women
Details
T53
T54
T34
1500 m Men
Details
T52 T54 T20 T38
T46
T11
Women
Details
T11 T13 T46
T13
T20
T54
5000 m Men
Details
T13 T11 T54
Women
Details
T54
4×100 m relay Men
Details
T11-13
Women
Details
T35-38
Long jump Men
Details
T11 T47
T12
T37
T20 T36
T13
T38
T44
T42
Women
Details
T38
T11
T12 T37
T20
T42
T47
T44
High jump Men
Details
T12 T42 T47 T44
Triple jump Men
Details
T47
Shot put Men
Details
F20
F38
F57
F44
F32
F34
F42
F36
F35
F33
F12
F46
F55
F40
F37
F53
F41
Women
Details
F37
F32
F35
F20
F40
F55
F12 F36
F57
F41
F33
F53
F34
Discus throw Men
Details
F12
F34
F56
F38
F52
F11
F44 F57
F46
F42
Women
Details
F55
F40
F52
F41
F57 F11
F12
F44
F38
Javelin throw Men
Details
F46
F42
F57
F34
F41
F44
F38
F56
F40
F54
F12
Women
Details
F12 F56
F46
F37
F34
F54
Club throw Men
Details
F32 F51
Women
Details
F51 F32
Ceremonies

Medal table[edit]

The end medal table after day 5, showing all medal winning countries.

  *   Host nation (Great Britain)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Russia41291888
2 Ukraine1781843
3 Great Britain*16191752
4 Germany14171546
5 Finland93416
6 France88420
7  Switzerland83617
8 Poland6151031
9 Spain691025
10 Netherlands54514
11 Italy45211
12 Bulgaria43411
13 Turkey4329
14 Ireland4105
15 Sweden3227
16 Greece25512
17 Austria2204
18 Croatia2158
 Czech Republic2158
20 Lithuania2125
21 Belarus2114
22 Latvia2013
23 Portugal16310
24 Azerbaijan1214
 Hungary1214
26 Slovakia1113
27 Iceland1012
28 Serbia0516
29 Denmark0213
30 Belgium0202
31 Luxembourg0101
 Norway0101
33 Slovenia0011
Totals (33 nations)168162146476

Multiple medallists[edit]

Many competitors won multiple medals at the 2014 Championships. The following athletes won four gold medals or more.

Name Country Medal Event
Margarita Goncharova  Russia  Gold
 Gold
 Gold
 Gold
100m - T38
400m - T38
Long jump - T38
4x100m relay - T35-38
Henry Manni  Finland  Gold
 Gold
 Gold
 Gold
100m - T34
200m - T34
400m - T34
800m - T34

Highlights[edit]

Participating nations[edit]

Below is the list of countries who agreed to participate in the Championships and the requested number of athlete places for each.

Footnotes[edit]

Notes
References
  1. ^ "Swansea 2014". paralympic.org. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Medal Standings" (pdf). IPC. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Placing Table" (pdf). IPC. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Records Set: As of 23 Aug 2014" (pdf). IPC. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  5. ^ Davies, Gareth A (21 March 2013). "Swansea to host 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  6. ^ Anderson, Gary (10 July 2014). "Bumper summer of Paralympic sports coverage as Channel 4 set to broadcast host of events". insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  7. ^ a b c "Swansea 2014: The Opening Ceremony". thewave.co.uk. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014.

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