European Athletics Championships

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The European Athletics Championships is a biennial (from 2010) athletics event organised by the European Athletics Association.[1] First held in 1934 in Turin, the Championships have taken place every four years, with a few exceptions. Since 2010, they have been organised every two years, and when they coincide with the Summer Olympics, the marathon and racewalking events are not contested. From 2018, European Championships not held in an Olympic year will form part of the European Championships, a new quadrennial multi-sport event designed and held by individual European sports federations.

Editions[edit]

Notes: – men, – women

Edition Year City Country Dates Venue Events Nations Athletes Top of the medal table
1 1934 Turin  Italy 7–9 September Stadio Benito Mussolini 22 23 226  Germany
2 1938 Paris  France 3–5 September Stade Olympique de Colombes 23 23 272  Germany
1938 Vienna  Austria[nb 1] 17–18 September Praterstadion 9 14 80
3 1946 Oslo  Norway 22–25 August Bislett stadion 33 20 353  Sweden
4 1950 Brussels  Belgium 23–27 August Heysel Stadium 34 24 454  Great Britain
5 1954 Bern   Switzerland 25–29 August Stadion Neufeld 35 28 686  Soviet Union
6 1958 Stockholm  Sweden 19–24 August Stockholms Olympiastadion 36 26 626  Soviet Union
7 1962 Belgrade  Yugoslavia 12–16 September Stadion JNA 36 29 670  Soviet Union
8 1966 Budapest  Hungary 30 August – 4 September Népstadion 36 30 769  East Germany
9 1969 Athens  Greece 16–21 September Karaïskákis Stadium 38 30 674  East Germany
10 1971 Helsinki  Finland 10–15 August Olympiastadion 38 29 857  East Germany
11 1974 Rome  Italy 2–8 September Stadio Olimpico 39 29 745  East Germany
12 1978 Prague  Czechoslovakia 29 August – 3 September Stadion Evžena Rošického 40 29 1004  Soviet Union
13 1982 Athens  Greece 6–12 September Olympiakó Stádio 41 29 756  East Germany
14 1986 Stuttgart  West Germany 26–31 August Neckarstadion 43 31 906  Soviet Union
15 1990 Split  Yugoslavia 26 August – 2 September Stadion Poljud 43 33 952  East Germany
16 1994 Helsinki  Finland 7–14 August Olympiastadion 44 44 1113  Russia
17 1998 Budapest  Hungary 18–23 August Népstadion 44 44 1259  Great Britain
18 2002 Munich  Germany 6–11 August Olympiastadion 46 48 1244  Russia
19 2006 Gothenburg  Sweden 7–13 August Ullevi 47 48 1288  Russia
20 2010 Barcelona  Spain 27 July – 1 August Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys 47 50 1323  France
21 2012 Helsinki  Finland 27 June – 1 July Olympiastadion 42 50 1230  Germany
22 2014 Zürich   Switzerland 12–17 August Letzigrund 47 50 1439  Great Britain
23 2016 Amsterdam  Netherlands 6–10 July Olympisch Stadion 46 50 1329  Poland
24 2018 [a] Berlin  Germany 7–12 August Olympiastadion 50 49[b] 1439  Great Britain
25 2020 Paris  France 26–30 August Stade Sébastien Charléty

All-time medal table[edit]

Updated after 2018 Championships.[2][3] Former countries in italic.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Soviet Union120110101331
2 Great Britain1189096304
3 East Germany897562226
4 Germany758078233
5 France696560194
6 Poland545260166
7 Russia505153154
8 Italy424448134
9 Finland332840101
10 Sweden294242113
11 Spain28243688
12 West Germany273637100
13 Netherlands26252273
14 Ukraine20291867
15 Hungary18202462
16 Czechoslovakia16162759
17 Portugal1612937
18 Norway13141744
19 Bulgaria12161240
20 Belgium12131136
21 Belarus11131034
22 Turkey118928
23 Greece1171129
24  Switzerland8121333
25 Romania7211038
26 Czech Republic6141030
27 Yugoslavia66315
28 Croatia61310
29 Denmark47314
30 Latvia43310
31 Ireland36615
32 Estonia36413
33 Iceland3115
 Israel3115
35 Lithuania2349
36 Austria21710
37 Slovenia2125
38 Serbia1427
39 Slovakia1416
 Authorised Neutral Athletes[1]1326
40 Azerbaijan0224
41 Albania0101
 Luxembourg0101
43 Moldova0011
Totals (43 nations)9629689612891
  • ^[1]  ANA was the name, under which Russian athletes competed in the 2016 and 2018 Championships. Their medals were not included in the official medal table.

As of 2018, Andorra, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Georgia, Gibraltar, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro and San Marino have yet to win a medal. Saar competed once in 1954 without winning a medal.

Championship records[edit]

Multiple medallists[edit]

A total of 8 men and 11 women have won six or more medals at the competition.[2]

Men[edit]

Name Country Total Gold Silver Bronze Years
Christophe Lemaitre  France 8 4 2 2 2010–2014
Harald Schmid  West Germany 6 5 1 0 1978–1986
Roger Black  Great Britain 6 5 1 0 1986–1994
Mohamed Farah  Great Britain 6 5 1 0 2006–2014
Kevin Borlée  Belgium 6 4 1 1 2010–2018
Martyn Rooney  Great Britain 6 3 2 1 2010–2018
Pietro Mennea  Italy 6 3 2 1 1971–1978
Linford Christie  Great Britain 6 3 1 2 1986–1994

Women[edit]

Name Country Total Gold Silver Bronze Years
Irena Szewińska  Poland 10 5 1 4 1966–1978
Fanny Blankers-Koen  Netherlands 8 5 1 2 1938–1950
Renate Stecher  East Germany 8 4 4 0 1969–1974
Dafne Schippers  Netherlands 8 4 3 1 2012–2018
Marlies Göhr  East Germany 7 5 1 1 1978–1986
Myriam Soumaré  France 7 1 3 3 2010–2014
Marita Koch  East Germany 6 6 0 0 1978–1986
Heike Drechsler  East Germany &  Germany 6 5 1 0 1986–1998
Grit Breuer  East Germany &  Germany 6 5 1 0 1990–2002
Irina Privalova  Soviet Union &  Russia 6 3 2 1 1994–1998
Yevgeniya Sechenova  Soviet Union 6 2 2 2 1946–1950

Most medals at one event[edit]

A total of 12 men and 5 women have won four or more medals at one event.[2]

Men[edit]

No G/S/B Athlete Country Years Event
5 (3/2/0) Igor Ter-Ovanesyan  Soviet Union 1958–1971 Long jump
4 (4/0/0) Jānis Lūsis  Soviet Union 1962–1974 Javelin throw
4 (4/0/0) Colin Jackson  Great Britain 1990–2002 110 m hurdles
4 (4/0/0) Steve Backley  Great Britain 1990–2002 Javelin throw
4 (4/0/0) Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad  France 2010–2018 3000 m steeplechase
4 (3/1/0) Mohamed Farah  Great Britain 2006–2014 5000 m
4 (3/1/0) Kevin Borlée  Belgium 2010–2018 4 × 400 m
4 (3/0/1) Adam Kszczot  Poland 2010–2018 800 m
4 (2/2/0) Viktor Sanejev  Soviet Union 1969–1978 Triple jump
4 (0/3/1) Gerd Kanter  Estonia 2002–2016 Discus throw
4 (0/2/2) Alexander Kosenkow  Germany 2002–2014 4 × 100 m
4 (0/1/3) Lothar Milde  Germany &  East Germany 1962–1971 Discus throw

Women[edit]

No G/S/B Athlete Country Years Event
5 (5/0/0) Sandra Perković  Croatia 2010–2018 Discus throw
5 (4/0/1) Anita Włodarczyk  Poland 2010–2018 Hammer throw
4 (4/0/0) Nadezhda Chizhova  Soviet Union 1966–1974 Shot put
4 (4/0/0) Heike Drechsler  East Germany &  Germany 1982–2002 Long jump
4 (1/1/2) Linda Stahl  Germany 2010–2016 Javelin throw

Most appearances[edit]

A total of 16 men and 11 women have at least 6 appearances. Updated after 2016 Championships.[2]

Men[edit]

No Name Country Years
7 Zoltán Kővágó  Hungary 1998–2018
Gerd Kanter  Estonia 2002–2018
David Söderberg  Finland 2002–2018
Jesús España  Spain 2002–2018
Marian Oprea  Romania 2002–2018
6 Abdon Pamich  Italy 1954–1971
Ludvík Danek  Czechoslovakia 1962–1978
Nenad Stekic  Yugoslavia 1969–1990
Jesús Ángel García  Spain 1994–2014
Virgilijus Alekna  Lithuania 1994–2014
Dwain Chambers  Great Britain 1998–2014
Nicola Vizzoni  Italy 1998–2014
Serhiy Lebid  Ukraine 1998–2014
Szymon Ziółkowski  Poland 1998–2014
Gregory Sedoc  Netherlands 2002–2016
Johan Wissman  Sweden 2002–2016

Women[edit]

No Name Country Years
7 Krisztina Papp  Hungary 2002–2018
6 Helena Fibingerová  Czechoslovakia 1969–1986
Heike Drechsler  East Germany &  Germany 1982–2002
Fernanda Ribeiro  Portugal 1986–2010
Felicia Tilea  Romania 1990–2010
Mélina Robert-Michon  France 1998–2016
Nuria Fernández  Spain 1998–2014
Berta Castells  Spain 2002–2016
Dana Velďáková  Slovakia 2002–2016
Merja Korpela  Finland 2002–2016
Ruth Beitia  Spain 2002–2016

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Part of the European Championships
  2. ^ Not including the ANA Athletes and the ART refugee athlete (DNS).
  1. ^ Occupied by Nazi Germany

References[edit]

  1. ^ European Athletics Championships Zürich 2014 – STATISTICS HANDBOOK (PDF), European Athletics Association, retrieved 13 August 2014
  2. ^ a b c d Statistics Handbook 2018 European Athletics Championships. European Athletics (2018). Retrieved on 2018-08-07.
  3. ^ 2018 medal table European Athletics. Retrieved on 2018-08-13.

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