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.[clarification needed]
|9th European Athletics Championships|
|Dates||16 – 21 September 1969|
|Host city||Athens, Greece|
|Venue||Georgios Karaiskakis Stadium|
|Participation||674 athletes from |
Former East German runner Jürgen May, who had defected, was not allowed to compete for his new country, West Germany, due to IAAF rules requiring him to live there for at least three years; he had competed for East Germany in the 1966 championships. West German officials promptly withdrew their athletes from all individual events in protest, but decided to compete in the relay races as a symbolic gesture to show their respect to the Greek organisers. 
Complete results were published.
- 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.
|1||East Germany (GDR)||11||7||7||25|
|2||Soviet Union (URS)||9||7||8||24|
|3||Great Britain (GBR)||6||4||7||17|
|16||West Germany (FRG)||0||1||2||3|
|Yugoslavia (SFR Yugoslavia)||0||0||1||1|
|Totals (21 nations)||38||38||38||114|
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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- Nihill gives Britain her first gold medal, Glasgow Herald, September 17, 1969, p. 7, retrieved September 5, 2014
- Anita Neil gives Britain unexpected bronze medal, Glasgow Herald, September 18, 1969, p. 6, retrieved September 5, 2014
- Majestic run by Miss Board in 800 metres final, Glasgow Herald, September 19, 1969, p. 6, retrieved September 5, 2014
- Steward dictates tactics in searing 5000 victory, Glasgow Herald, September 20, 1969, p. 4, retrieved September 5, 2014
- Hill's thrilling marathon win gives Britain sixth gold medal, Glasgow Herald, September 22, 1969, retrieved September 5, 2014
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