The European Athletics Championships is a biennial (from 2010) athletics event organised by the European Athletics Association and is recognised as the elite continental outdoor athletics championships for Europe.
|European Athletics Championships|
|Organised by||European Athletic Association|
First held, for men only, in 1934 in Turin, and separately for women for the first time in Vienna in 1938, the Championships took place every four years following the end of the World War II, with the exception of the 1969 and 1971 editions, becoming a joint men's and women's competition from the third edition in 1946 in Oslo. 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 2016, a half-marathon event has been held in those Olympic years, and both the marathon and half-marathon events held as part of the Championships also function as the principle European elite team events at those distances.
In 2018 and 2022, the European Athletics Championships formed part of the quadrennial multi-sport European Championships, a new event designed and held by individual European sports federations. In 2022, European Athletics announced its intention to withdraw from the multi-sport event for 2026. 
The 2020 edition set for Charlety Stadium in Paris was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, making this the first cancellation of the event since the 1942 championship was abandoned due to World War II. The event was not moved to an alternative date, with Munich continuing as the scheduled host in 2022.
The championships were long dominated, especially on the women's side by Eastern Bloc countries, and especially the Soviet Union and East Germany. 30 years after the dissolution of both countries, Great Britain & Northern Ireland finally took the lead in the all-time medal table following the 2022 edition although the various manifestations of the now combined Germany (pre-war, East and West, and finally reunited) still account for the highest number of medals.
Notes: ♂ – men, ♀ – women
All-time medal tableEdit
Updated after 2022 European Athletics Championships.
Former countries are pointed in italic. Team medals in half marathon and marathon are not included into this table (see European Half Marathon Cup and European Marathon Cup).
|1||Great Britain & Northern Ireland||124||96||106||326|
|–||Authorised Neutral Athletes||1||3||2||6|
|Totals (44 entries)||1005||1011||1005||3021|
- ^ 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 2022, Andorra, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Georgia, Gibraltar, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, North Macedonia and San Marino have yet to win a medal. Saar competed once in 1954 European Athletics Championships without winning a medal.
Boldface denotes active athletes and highest medal count among all athletes (including these who not included in these tables) per type.
Discus thrower Sandra Perković of Croatia holds the record for most gold medals at six. Marita Koch of East Germany is the only other athlete to have won 6 gold medals, winning the 400 metres and 4 x 400 metres relay double on three occasions between 1978 and 1986. French steeple-chaser Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad won six finals at European championships, but was disqualified post-race having won the 2014 men's steeplechase in Zurich for removing his vest in the home straight.
|1||Marita Koch||East Germany||400 m / 4 × 400 m relay||1978||1986||6||–||–||6|
|Sandra Perković||Croatia||Discus throw||2010||2022||6||–||–||6|
|3||Irena Szewińska (Kirszenstein)||Poland||100 m / 200 m / 400 m / 4 × 100 m relay / 4 × 400 m relay / Long jump||1966||1978||5||1||4||10|
|4||Fanny Blankers-Koen||Netherlands||100 m / 200 m / 80 m hurdles / 4 × 100 m relay||1938||1950||5||1||2||8|
|5||Marlies Göhr||East Germany||100 m / 200 m / 4 × 100 m relay||1978||1986||5||1||1||7|
|6||Grit Breuer|| East Germany
|400 m / 4 × 400 m relay||1990||2002||5||1||–||6|
|Heike Drechsler|| East Germany
|200 m / Long jump||1986||1998||5||1||–||6|
|8||Renate Stecher (Meissner)||East Germany||100 m / 200 m / 4 × 100 m relay||1969||1974||4||4||–||8|
|9||Dafne Schippers||Netherlands||100 m / 200 m / 4 × 100 m relay||2012||2018||4||3||1||8|
|10||Dina Asher-Smith||Great Britain & N.I.||100 m / 200 m / 4 × 100 m relay||2016||2022||4||2||–||6|
A total of 11 men and 13 women have won six or more medals at the competition.
|Matthew Hudson-Smith||Great Britain & N.I.||7||4||2||1||2014–2022|
|Roger Black||Great Britain & N.I.||6||5||1||0||1986–1994|
|Mo Farah||Great Britain & N.I.||6||5||1||0||2006–2014|
|Harald Schmid||West Germany||6||5||1||0||1978–1986|
|Martyn Rooney||Great Britain & N.I.||6||3||2||1||2010–2018|
|Linford Christie||Great Britain & N.I.||6||3||1||2||1986–1994|
|Irena Szewińska (Kirszenstein)||Poland||10||5||1||4||1966–1978|
|Renate Stecher (Meissner)||East Germany||8||4||4||0||1969–1974|
|Marlies Göhr||East Germany||7||5||1||1||1978–1986|
|Marita Koch||East Germany||6||6||0||0||1978–1986|
|Grit Breuer|| East Germany
|Heike Drechsler|| East Germany
|Dina Asher-Smith||Great Britain & N.I.||6||4||2||0||2016–2022|
|Yevgeniya Sechenova||Soviet Union||6||2||2||2||1946–1950|
Most medals in the same eventEdit
A total of 17 men and 8 women have won four or more medals in the same event. Sandra Perković of Croatia is the only athlete, male or female, to win the same event, the women's discus throw six times between 2010 and 2022.
|5||(3/2/0)||Igor Ter-Ovanesyan||Soviet Union||1958–1971||Long jump|
|5||(3/1/1)||Jonathan Borlée||Belgium||2010–2022||4 × 400 m|
|5||(3/1/1)||Kevin Borlée||Belgium||2010–2022||4 × 400 m|
|4||(4/0/0)||Steve Backley||Great Britain & N.I.||1990–2002||Javelin throw|
|4||(4/0/0)||Colin Jackson||Great Britain & N.I.||1990–2002||110 m hurdles|
|4||(4/0/0)||Jānis Lūsis||Soviet Union||1962–1974||Javelin throw|
|4||(4/0/0)||Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad||France||2010–2018||3000 m steeplechase|
|4||(3/1/0)||Mo Farah||Great Britain & N.I.||2006–2014||5000 m|
|4||(3/0/1)||Adam Kszczot||Poland||2010–2018||800 m|
|4||(3/0/1)||Renaud Lavillenie||France||2010–2018||Pole vault|
|4||(3/0/1)||David Storl||Germany||2010–2018||Shot put|
|4||(2/2/0)||Viktor Saneyev||Soviet Union||1969–1978||Triple jump|
|4||(2/1/1)||Matthew Hudson-Smith||Great Britain & N.I.||2014–2022||4 x 400 m|
|4||(1/2/1)||Jimmy Vicaut||France||2010–2022||4 × 100 m|
|4||(0/3/1)||Gerd Kanter||Estonia||2006–2016||Discus throw|
|4||(0/2/2)||Alexander Kosenkow||Germany||2002–2014||4 × 100 m|
|4||(0/1/3)||Lothar Milde||East Germany||1962–1971||Discus throw|
|6||(6/0/0)||Sandra Perković||Croatia||2010–2022||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
|4||(2/2/0)||Katerina Stefanidi||Greece||2014–2022||Pole vault|
|4||(1/3/0)||Floria Gueï||France||2012–2018||4 × 400 m|
|4||(1/1/2)||Barbora Špotáková||Czech Republic||2010–2022||Javelin throw|
|4||(1/1/2)||Linda Stahl||Germany||2010–2016||Javelin throw|
A total of 36 men and 29 women have at least 6 appearances. 
* including participation at one European Championships at which he was disqualified for a doping offence
* including participation at one European Championships at which she was disqualified for a doping offence
- European Athletics Indoor Championships
- International Athletics Championships and Games
- List of European Athletics Championships medalists (men)
- List of European Athletics Championships medalists (women)
- List of European records in athletics
- List of stripped European Athletics Championships medals
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