2006 European Athletics Championships
The 19th European Athletics Championships were held in Gothenburg, Sweden, between 7 August and 13 August 2006. The competition arena was the Ullevi Stadium and the official motto "Catch the Spirit". Gothenburg also hosted the 1995 World Championships in Athletics, and Stockholm, Sweden's capital, hosted 1958 European Athletics Championships.
|19th European Athletics Championships|
|Host city||Gothenburg, Sweden|
|Date(s)||7 August – 13 August|
|Main stadium||Ullevi Stadium|
|Participation||1,288 athletes from |
|Events||47 (men: 24; women: 23)|
|Totals (30 nations)||47||48||45||140|
- The official song of the contest is Heroes by Helena Paparizou.
- The BBC have chosen to use Carola Häggkvist's 2006 Eurovision Song Contest entry Invincible in instrumental form as the title music for their coverage. They have also used various pop songs including Lena Philipsson's "Lena Anthem" and Lev livet by Magnus Carlsson also in instrumental form.
- Merlene Ottey, at the age of 46 and representing Slovenia, is fifth in the 100 m semifinals, failing to qualify for the finals.
- Andrei Mikhnevich had originally won the silver medal but all his results from August 2005 were annulled due to a doping offense. "Andrei MIKHNEVICH (BLR) – results annulled from August 2005". IAAF. 31 July 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
- Ivan Tsikhan had originally won the gold medal but later tested for doping and all his results between 22 August 2004 and 21 August 2006 were annulled. "Revision of results following sanctions of Tsikhan and Ostapchuk". IAAF. 27 April 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
- Nadzeya Astapchuk had originally won the silver medal but later tested for doping and all her results between 13 August 2005 and 12 August 2007 were annulled. "Revision of results following sanctions of Tsikhan and Ostapchuk". IAAF. 27 April 2014. Retrieved 4 April 2014.