2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships

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2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships
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Host city Prague, Czech Republic
Date(s) 5–8 March
Main stadium O2 Arena
Participation 614 athletes from
49 nations
Events 26

The 33rd European Athletics Indoor Championships were held from 5 to 8 March 2015 in the O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic.

The outside of the O2 Arena which hosted the event.

Bidding process[edit]

Prague was chosen as the host of the Championships on the European Athletics council meeting in Sofia, Bulgaria in May 2012. The other candidate city was Istanbul, Turkey.[1] Previously, Prague hosted the 1967 European Indoor Games, the forerunner of the European Athletics Indoor Championships. It was the first time since the 1978 European Athletics Championships that Prague hosted a major athletics championships.[2]

International athletics events in the Czech Republic traditionally took place away from Prague at the outdoor arena in Ostrava. That city's annual Golden Spike Ostrava meet began in 1961,[3] and the 2011 European Athletics U23 Championships and 2007 World Youth Championships in Athletics were held in the preceding years.[4] However, the annual Josef Odložil Memorial outdoor meeting in Prague has attracted international athletes since 1994.[5][6]

Preparation[edit]

Prior to the event, the O2 Arena in Prague was not a regular venue for indoor track and field. The stadium was host to the one-off "Meeting of World Record Holders" in 2009, which was the first international non-championship indoor meeting to be staged in the capital.[7][8] A year before the championships, the Prague Indoor Meeting was staged as a test event and it received European Athletics permit status.[9] This attracted top level performers and highlights included a European indoor record by high jumper Ivan Ukhov and a European indoor best for the 500 metres by home athlete Pavel Maslák.[10]

The leading Czech athlete, Pavel Maslák, winning his European indoor title in 2013

Maslák, the 400 m champion from the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships, led the Czech team for the championships, which at 46 athletes was the country's largest squad ever for the competition. Libor Varhaník, chairman of the organising committee, specifically aimed to have as many Czech athletes compete in the events as possible in order to build local interest and boost ticket sales. The opening ceremony was held on 5 March – a day before the main competition began on Friday (although shot put and men's long jump qualifying was held that evening).[11][12] Former international high jumper and European indoor medallist Tomáš Janků was appointed as CEO and committee member of the organising group.[4]

The event was televised live, with a total of 28 international broadcasters having agreements to show the proceedings either live or delayed. Eurosport was the most prominent of these in the competition's region, continuing its place as the traditional main broadcaster. A live internet feed of the event was also available on the European Athletics website. Retail chain Spar was the principal sponsor, reflecting the fact that it is the main commercial sponsor for the governing body.[13] The event also had a dedicated social media presence in the form of a Facebook page and a Twitter feed (@praha2015), as well as an official website.[14]

The view of the Hradčany district, which was inspiration for the event's logo

The competition logo incorporated a stylised version of the skyline of Hradčany – the district around Prague Castle and historical seat of government.[14] The official mascot of the competition was the Little Mole (Krtek), the protagonist of a popular Czech cartoon series.[15]

As the only major international indoor athletics event to be staged that year, the European Athletics Indoor Permit Meetings and (almost exclusively European-based) IAAF Indoor Permit Meetings served as the competitive build up for the event.[16] In the absence of official qualifying standards, team selection was partially based on performances at national championships for some of the larger European nations.[17][18][19][20][21]

Men's results[edit]

Track[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
60 metres
details
Richard Kilty
 Great Britain
6.51 SB Christian Blum
 Germany
6.58 Julian Reus
 Germany
6.60
400 metres
details
Pavel Maslák
 Czech Republic
45.33 CR Dylan Borlée
 Belgium
46.25 Rafał Omelko
 Poland
46.26
800 metres
details
Marcin Lewandowski
 Poland
1:46.67 Mark English
 Ireland
1:47.20 Thijmen Kupers
 Netherlands
1:47.25
1500 metres
details
Jakub Holuša
 Czech Republic
3:37.68 NR Ilham Tanui Özbilen
 Turkey
3:37.74 Chris O'Hare
 Great Britain
3:38.96
3000 metres
details
Ali Kaya
 Turkey
7:38.42 Lee Emanuel
 Great Britain
7:44.48 Henrik Ingebrigtsen
 Norway
7:45.54 NR
60 metres hurdles
details
Pascal Martinot-Lagarde
 France
7.49 Dimitri Bascou
 France
7.50 Wilhem Belocian
 France
7.52
4 × 400 metres relay
details
 Belgium
Julien Watrin
Dylan Borlée
Jonathan Borlée
Kevin Borlée
3:02.87 AR  Poland
Karol Zalewski
Rafał Omelko
Łukasz Krawczuk
Jakub Krzewina
3:02.97 NR  Czech Republic
Daniel Němeček
Patrik Šorm
Jan Tesař
Pavel Maslák
3:04.09 NR

Field[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
High jump
details
Daniil Tsyplakov
 Russia
2.31 Silvano Chesani
 Italy
Antonios Mastoras
 Greece
2.31 Not awarded
Pole vault
details
Renaud Lavillenie
 France
6.04 CR Aleksandr Gripich
 Russia
5.85 Piotr Lisek
 Poland
5.85
Long jump
details
Michel Tornéus
 Sweden
8.30 NR Radek Juška
 Czech Republic
8.10 Andreas Otterling
 Sweden
8.06
Triple jump
details
Nelson Évora
 Portugal
17.21 Pablo Torrijos
 Spain
17.04 NR Marian Oprea
 Romania
16.91
Shot put
details
David Storl
 Germany
21.23 Asmir Kolašinac
 Serbia
20.90 Ladislav Prášil
 Czech Republic
20.66

Combined[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Heptathlon
details
Ilya Shkurenyov
 Russia
6353 WL Arthur Abele
 Germany
6279 Eelco Sintnicolaas
 Netherlands
6185

Women's results[edit]

Track[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
60 metres
details
Dafne Schippers
 Netherlands
7.05 WL Dina Asher-Smith
 Great Britain
7.08 NR Verena Sailer
 Germany
7.09
400 metres
details
Nataliya Pyhyda
 Ukraine
51.96 Indira Terrero
 Spain
52.63 Seren Bundy-Davies
 Great Britain
52.64
800 metres
details
Selina Büchel
  Switzerland
2:01.95 vacant - Nataliya Lupu
 Ukraine
2:02.25
1500 metres
details
Sifan Hassan
 Netherlands
4:09.04 Angelika Cichocka
 Poland
4:10.53 Federica Del Buono
 Italy
4:11.61
3000 metres
details
Yelena Korobkina
 Russia
8:47.62 Sviatlana Kudzelich
 Belarus
8:48.02 Maureen Koster
 Netherlands
8:51.64
60 metres hurdles
details
Alina Talay
 Belarus
7.85 NR Lucy Hatton
 Great Britain
7.90 Serita Solomon
 Great Britain
7.93
4 × 400 metres relay
details
 France
Floria Guei
Elea Mariama Diarra
Agnes Raharolahy
Marie Gayot
3:31.61  United Kingdom
Kelly Massey
Seren Bundy-Davies
Laura Maddox
Kirsten McAslan
3:31.79  Poland
Joanna Linkiewicz
Małgorzata Hołub
Monika Szczęsna
Justyna Święty
3:31.90

Field[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
High jump
details
Mariya Kuchina
 Russia
1.97 Alessia Trost
 Italy
1.97 Kamila Lićwinko
 Poland
1.94
Pole vault
details
Anzhelika Sidorova
 Russia
4.80 Ekaterini Stefanidi
 Greece
4.75 Angelica Bengtsson
 Sweden
4.70 NR
Long jump
details
Ivana Španović
 Serbia
6.98 NR Sosthene Taroum Moguenara
 Germany
6.83 Florentina Marincu
 Romania
6.79
Triple jump
details
Yekaterina Koneva
 Russia
14.69 Gabriela Petrova
 Bulgaria
14.52 Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko
 Israel
14.49 NR
Shot put
details
Anita Márton
 Hungary
19.23 NR Yuliya Leantsiuk
 Belarus
18.60 Radoslava Mavrodieva
 Bulgaria
17.83

Combined[edit]

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Pentathlon
details
Katarina Johnson-Thompson
 Great Britain
5000 NR CR Nafissatou Thiam
 Belgium
4696 Eliška Klučinová
 Czech Republic
4687 NR

Medal table[edit]

  The host country is highlighted in blue
Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Russia 6 2 0 8
2  France 3 1 1 5
3  Great Britain 2 4 3 9
4  Czech Republic 2 1 3 6
5  Netherlands 2 0 3 5
6  Germany 1 3 2 6
7  Poland 1 2 4 7
8  Belgium 1 2 0 3
 Belarus 1 2 0 3
10  Serbia 1 1 0 2
 Turkey 1 1 0 2
12  Sweden 1 0 2 3
13  Ukraine 1 0 1 2
14  Hungary 1 0 0 1
 Portugal 1 0 0 1
  Switzerland 1 0 0 1
17  Italy 0 2 1 3
18  Greece 0 2 0 2
 Spain 0 2 0 2
20  Bulgaria 0 1 1 2
21  Ireland 0 1 0 1
22  Romania 0 0 2 2
23  Israel 0 0 1 1
 Norway 0 0 1 1
Total 26 27 25 78

Placing table[edit]

Points were awarded for every place in the top eight of each event: 8 for 1st, 7 for 2nd, 6 for 3rd, etc. [22]

Rank Nation 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th Total
1  Russia 48 14 20 9 4 1 96
2  Germany 8 21 12 20 12 9 2 2 86
3  Great Britain 16 28 18 5 12 6 85
4  Poland 8 14 24 20 4 9 2 2 83
5  France 24 7 6 5 16 6 2 66
6  Czech Republic 16 7 18 5 8 3 4 2 63
7  Spain 14 10 8 3 2 1 38
8  Netherlands 16 18 2 1 37
9  Belarus 8 14 10 4 36
10  Italy 14 6 5 3 4 32
11  Ukraine 8 6 8 6 2 1 31
12  Greece 14 5 8 3 30
13  Sweden 8 12 5 1 26
14  Belgium 8 14 22
15  Bulgaria 7 6 4 2 1 20
16  Romania 12 5 3 20
17  Norway 6 5 4 3 18
18  Turkey 8 7 2 17
19   Switzerland 8 8 16
20  Serbia 8 7 15
21  Hungary 8 3 2 1 14
22  Portugal 8 4 12
23  Ireland 7 3 2 12
24  Finland 4 3 1 8
25  Israel 6 6
=26  Lithuania 5 5
=26  Slovakia 5 5
=28  Iceland 4 4
=28  Luxembourg 4 4
30  Croatia 4 4
=31  Estonia 1 1
=31  Latvia 1 1
=31  Slovenia 1 1

Records[edit]

Athlete Nation Event Performance Type Date
Stipe Žunić  Croatia Shot put 20.67 m NR 5 March
Bob Bertemes  Luxembourg Shot put 20.56 m NR 5 March
Katarina Johnson-Thompson  Great Britain Pentathlon high jump 1.95 m Championship best 6 March
Katarina Johnson-Thompson  Great Britain Pentathlon long jump 6.89 m World best 6 March
Katarina Johnson-Thompson  Great Britain Pentathlon 5000 pts CR 6 March
NR
Eliška Klučinová  Czech Republic Pentathlon 4687 pts NR 6 March
Andrea Ivančević  Croatia 60 m hurdles 8.02 NR 6 March
João Carlos Almeida  Portugal 60 m hurdles 7.66 NR= 6 March
Iveta Putalová  Slovakia 400 m 53.28 NR 6 March
Amaliya Sharoyan  Armenia 400 m 54.24 NR 6 March
Aníta Hinriksdóttir  Iceland 800 m 2:01.56 NR 6 March
Andrea Ivančević  Croatia 60 m hurdles 7.97 NR 6 March
Nooralotta Neziri  Finland 60 m hurdles 7.98 NR= 6 March
Kira Grünberg  Austria Pole vault 4.45 m NR 6 March
Gina Reuland  Luxembourg Pole vault 4.30 m NR 6 March
Andreas Martinsen  Denmark 60 m hurdles 7.73 NR 6 March
Aliaksandr Linnik  Belarus 400 m 46.78 NR 6 March
Iveta Putalová  Slovakia 400 m 52.99 NR 6 March
Michel Tornéus  Sweden Long jump 8.30 m NR 6 March
Alina Talay  Belarus 60 m hurdles 7.85 NR 6 March
Nooralotta Neziri  Finland 60 m hurdles 7.97 NR 6 March
Tiffany Tshilumba  Luxembourg 60 m 7.38 NR 7 March
Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko  Israel Triple jump 14.40 NR 7 March
Dmitrijs Jurkevičs  Latvia 1500 m 3:42.84 NR 7 March
Ivana Španović  Serbia Long jump 6.98 m NR 7 March
Florentina Marincu  Romania Long jump 6.79 m AJR 7 March
Renaud Lavillenie  France Pole vault 6.04 m CR 7 March
Anita Márton  Hungary Shot put 19.23 m NR 7 March
Pablo Torrijos  Spain Triple jump 17.04 m NR 7 March
Sandra Eriksson  Finland 3000 m 8:54.06 NR 7 March
Iveta Putalová  Slovakia 400 m 52.84 NR 7 March
Pavel Maslák  Czech Republic 400 m 45.33 CR 7 March
Ali Kaya  Turkey 3000 m 7:38.42 CR 7 March
Henrik Ingebrigtsen  Norway 3000 m 7:45.54 NR 7 March
Mujinga Kambundji   Switzerland 60 m 7.15 NR 8 March
Ewa Swoboda  Poland 60 m 7.22 AJR= 8 March
Pascal Mancini   Switzerland 60 m 6.60 NR= 8 March
Angelica Bengtsson  Sweden Pole vault 4.70 m NR 8 March
Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko  Israel Triple jump 14.49 m NR 8 March
Jakub Holuša  Czech Republic 1500 m 3:37.68 NR 8 March
Henrik Ingebrigtsen  Norway 1500 m 3:39.70 NR 8 March
Dina Asher-Smith  Great Britain 60 m 7.08 NR= 8 March
Ezinne Okparaebo  Norway 60 m 7.10 NR 8 March
Mujinga Kambundji   Switzerland 60 m 7.11 NR 8 March
Ewa Swoboda  Poland 60 m 7.20 AJR 8 March
Julien Watrin
Dylan Borlée
Jonathan Borlée
Kevin Borlée
 Belgium 4×400 m relay 3:02.87 AR 8 March
Karol Zalewski
Rafał Omelko
Łukasz Krawczuk
Jakub Krzewina
 Poland 4×400 m relay 3:02.97 NR 8 March
Daniel Němeček
Patrik Šorm
Jan Tesar
Pavel Maslák
 Czech Republic 4×400 m relay 3:04.09 NR 8 March

Participating nations[edit]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ History. Praha2015. Retrieved on 2015-03-05.
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  13. ^ Strong broadcast intentions for European Athletics Indoor Championships. European Athletics (2015-03-04). Retrieved on 2015-03-05.
  14. ^ a b 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships Media Guide. European Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-03-05.
  15. ^ Little Mole - the official patron of the championships
  16. ^ 2015 Calendar IAAF Indoor Permits. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-03-05.
  17. ^ pdf 2015 European Athletics Indoor Championships - Final. British Athletics. Retrieved on 2015-03-05.
  18. ^ Minshull, Phil (2015-02-22). Lavillenie 6.01m, world leads for Gomis and Maslak on second day of national indoor champs. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-03-05.
  19. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2015-02-21). Licwinko, Bascou and Storl shine on first day of national indoor champs. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-03-05.
  20. ^ Maryanchik, Natalia (2015-02-19). Sidorova flies high and three doubles at the Russian Indoor Championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-03-05.
  21. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2015-02-15). Johnson-Thompson sets national high jump record at British Indoor Championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2015-03-05.
  22. ^ Placing table

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