European Athletics Championships

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.[1]

European Athletics Championships
European Athletic Association Icon logo.svg
Statusactive
Genresports event
Frequencybiennial
Location(s)various
Inaugurated1934
Most recent2022
Organised byEuropean Athletic Association
Websitewww.european-athletics.org
2022

EditionsEdit

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.[2] [3]

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.[4][5][6]

An indoor equivalent, the European Athletics Indoor Championships, is organised by the European Athletic Association in odd numbered years.

While the European Games of 2015 featured athletics, and shall do so again in 2023, these events are not editions of the European Athletics Championships.

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

Edition Year Host City Host Country Date 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   Germany[nb 1] 17–18 September Praterstadion 9 14 80
3 1946 Oslo   Norway 22–25 August Bislett Stadium 33 20 353   Sweden
4 1950 Brussels   Belgium 23–27 August Heysel Stadium 34 24 454   Great Britain & N.I.
5 1954 Bern    Switzerland 25–29 August Stadion Neufeld 35 28 686   Soviet Union
6 1958 Stockholm   Sweden 19–24 August Stockholm Olympic Stadium 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 Piraeus   Greece 16–21 September Karaiskakis 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 Stàdio 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 46 44 1259   Great Britain & N.I.
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 & N.I.
23 2016 Amsterdam   Netherlands 6–10 July Olympisch Stadion 44 50 1329   Poland
24 2018 [a] Berlin   Germany 7–12 August Olympiastadion 48 49[b] 1439   Great Britain & N.I.
2020 Paris   France 26–30 August Stade Sébastien Charléty Cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
25 2022 [c] Munich   Germany 15–21 August Olympiastadion 48 48 1495   Germany
26 2024 Rome   Italy 7–12 June Stadio Olimpico
27 2026 TBA Nov 2022[7] 3–9 August
28 2028 Chorzów[8]   Poland 22–27 August Stadion Śląski

All-time medal tableEdit

Updated after 2022 European Athletics Championships.[9][10]
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).

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Great Britain & Northern Ireland12496106326
2  Soviet Union120110101331
3  East Germany908366239
4  Germany707063203
5  France696965203
6  Poland575864179
7  Russia495152152
8  Italy444453141
9  West Germany364451131
10  Finland352941105
11  Spain32253693
12  Sweden304440114
13  Netherlands30242478
14  Ukraine22292071
15  Hungary18222565
16  Czechoslovakia16162759
17  Norway16151950
18  Portugal1614838
19  Greece1581134
20  Belgium13141138
21  Bulgaria12161240
22  Turkey129930
23  Belarus10131033
24  Romania8211039
25   Switzerland8151538
26  Croatia82313
27  Czech Republic7141435
28  Yugoslavia66315
29  Denmark47415
30  Latvia43310
31  Ireland37717
32  Estonia36514
33  Lithuania33410
34  Israel3249
35  Iceland3115
36  Serbia26311
37  Slovenia2237
38  Austria2169
39  Slovakia1416
  Authorised Neutral Athletes[1]1326
40  Albania1102
41  Azerbaijan0224
42  Luxembourg0101
  Montenegro0101
44  Moldova0011
Totals (44 entries)1005101110053021
  • ^[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 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.

Championship recordsEdit

Multiple winnersEdit

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.

MenEdit

Rank Athlete Country Events From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Roger Black   Great Britain & N.I. 400 m / 4 × 400 m relay 1986 1994 5 1 6
Mo Farah   Great Britain & N.I. 5000 m / 10,000 m 2006 2014 5 1 6
Harald Schmid   West Germany 400 m hurdles / 4 × 400 m relay 1978 1986 5 1 6
4 Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad   France 3000 m steeplechase / 1500 m 2010 2018 5 5
5 Christophe Lemaitre   France 100 m / 200 m / 4 × 100 m relay 2010 2014 4 2 2 8
6 Kevin Borlée   Belgium 400 m / 4 × 400 m relay 2010 2022 4 2 1 7
Matthew Hudson-Smith   Great Britain & N.I. 400 m / 4 × 400 m relay 2014 2022 4 2 1 7
8 Valeriy Borzov   Soviet Union 100 m / 200 m / 4 × 100 m relay 1969 1974 4 1 5
Zharnel Hughes   Great Britain & N.I. 100 m / 200 m / 4 × 100 m relay 2018 2022 4 1 5
10 Steve Backley   Great Britain & N.I. Javelin throw 1990 2002 4 4
Adam Gemili   Great Britain & N.I. 200 m / 4 × 100 m relay 2014 2018 4 4
Jakob Ingebrigtsen   Norway 1500 m / 5000 m 2018 2022 4 4
Colin Jackson   Great Britain & N.I. 110 m hurdles 1990 2002 4 4
Jānis Lūsis   Soviet Union Javelin throw 1962 1971 4 4

WomenEdit

Rank Athlete Country Events From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
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
  Germany
400 m / 4 × 400 m relay 1990 2002 5 1 6
Heike Drechsler   East Germany
  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

Multiple medallistsEdit

A total of 11 men and 13 women have won six or more medals at the competition.[9]

MenEdit

Name Country Total Gold Silver Bronze Years
Christophe Lemaitre   France 8 4 2 2 2010–2014
Kevin Borlée   Belgium 7 4 2 1 2010–2022
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
Pietro Mennea   Italy 6 3 2 1 1971–1978
Martyn Rooney   Great Britain & N.I. 6 3 2 1 2010–2018
Jonathan Borlée   Belgium 6 3 1 2 2010–2022
Linford Christie   Great Britain & N.I. 6 3 1 2 1986–1994
Jimmy Vicaut   France 6 1 3 2 2010–2022

WomenEdit

Name Country Total Gold Silver Bronze Years
Irena Szewińska (Kirszenstein)   Poland 10 5 1 4 1966–1978
Fanny Blankers-Koen   Netherlands 8 5 1 2 1938–1950
Renate Stecher (Meissner)   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
Sandra Perković   Croatia 6 6 0 0 2010–2022
Grit Breuer   East Germany
  Germany
6 5 1 0 1990–2002
Heike Drechsler   East Germany
  Germany
6 5 1 0 1986–1998
Dina Asher-Smith   Great Britain & N.I. 6 4 2 0 2016–2022
Irina Privalova   Russia 6 3 2 1 1994–1998
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.[9] 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.

MenEdit

No G/S/B Athlete Country Years Event
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

WomenEdit

No G/S/B Athlete Country Years Event
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
  Germany
1986–2002 Long jump
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

Most appearancesEdit

A total of 36 men and 29 women have at least 6 appearances. [9]

MenEdit

No Name Country Years
7 Jesús Ángel García   Spain 1994–2018
Zoltán Kővágó *   Hungary 1998–2018
João Vieira   Portugal 1998–2022
Jesús España   Spain 2002–2018
Gerd Kanter   Estonia 2002–2018
Marian Oprea   Romania 2002–2018
David Söderberg   Finland 2002–2018
6 Abdon Pamich   Italy 1954–1971
Ludvík Daněk   Czechoslovakia 1962–1978
Nenad Stekić   Yugoslavia 1969–1990
Virgilijus Alekna   Lithuania 1994–2014
Dwain Chambers *   Great Britain & N.I. 1998–2014
Serhiy Lebid   Ukraine 1998–2014
Nicola Vizzoni   Italy 1998–2014
Szymon Ziółkowski   Poland 1998–2014
Gregory Sedoc   Netherlands 2002–2016
Johan Wissman   Sweden 2002–2016
Hamza Alić   Bosnia and Herzegovina 2002–2018
Fabrizio Donato   Italy 2002–2018
Ángel David Rodríguez   Spain 2002–2018
Konstantinos Filippidis   Greece 2006–2018
Kafétien Gomis   France 2006–2018
Daniele Meucci   Italy 2006–2022
Mustafa Mohamed   Sweden 2006–2022
Jonathan Borlée   Belgium 2010–2022
Kevin Borlée   Belgium 2010–2022
Javier Cienfuegos   Spain 2010–2022
Eivind Henriksen   Norway 2010–2022
Asmir Kolašinac   Serbia 2010–2022
Stefano La Rosa   Italy 2010–2022
Renaud Lavillenie   France 2010–2022
Apostolos Parellis   Cyprus 2010–2022
Andriy Protsenko   Ukraine 2010–2022
Dimitrios Tsiamis   Greece 2010–2022
Jimmy Vicaut   France 2010–2022
Andreas Vojta   Austria 2010–2022

* including participation at one European Championships at which he was disqualified for a doping offence

WomenEdit

No Name Country Years
7 Mélina Robert-Michon   France 1998–2022
Krisztina Papp   Hungary 2002–2018
Martina Ratej   Slovenia 2006–2022
Dragana Tomašević   Serbia 2006–2022
6 Helena Fibingerová   Czechoslovakia 1969–1986
Heike Drechsler (Daute)   East Germany
  Germany
1982–2002
Fernanda Ribeiro   Portugal 1986–2010
Felicia Țilea-Moldovan *   Romania 1990–2010
Nuria Fernández   Spain 1998–2014
Ruth Beitia   Spain 2002–2016
Berta Castells   Spain 2002–2016
Merja Korpela   Finland 2002–2016
Dana Velďáková   Slovakia 2002–2016
Martina Hrašnová   Slovakia 2002–2018
Inês Henriques   Portugal 2002–2022
Barbora Špotáková   Czech Republic 2002–2022
Ásdís Hjálmsdóttir   Iceland 2006–2018
Kathrin Klaas   Germany 2006–2018
Éva Orbán   Hungary 2006–2018
Olha Saladukha   Ukraine 2006–2018
Patricia Sarrapio   Spain 2006–2018
Fionnuala McCormack   Ireland 2006–2022
Patrícia Mamona   Portugal 2010–2022
Sara Moreira   Portugal 2010–2022
Madara Palameika   Latvia 2010–2022
Sandra Perković   Croatia 2010–2022
Jamile Samuel   Netherlands 2010–2022
Tina Šutej   Slovenia 2010–2022
Ivana Vuleta (Španović)   Serbia 2010–2022

* including participation at one European Championships at which she was disqualified for a doping offence

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Part of the 2018 European Championships
  2. ^ Not including the ANA Athletes and the ART refugee athlete (DNS).
  3. ^ Part of the 2022 European Championships
  1. ^ Nazi Germany had occupied Austria in March 1938.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ European Athletics Championships Zürich 2014 – STATISTICS HANDBOOK (PDF), European Athletics Association, retrieved 13 August 2014
  2. ^ de 2022, Por Matt Nelsen20 de Junio. "European Athletics moving away from multi-sport European Championships". infobae (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2022-08-24.
  3. ^ "European Athletics Championships to revert to stand-alone model post-Munich 2022". www.insidethegames.biz. 2022-06-20. Retrieved 2022-08-24.
  4. ^ "European Athletics Championships cancelled because of coronavirus". BBC Sport. 23 April 2020. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  5. ^ "Paris 2020 European Athletics Championships cancelled". European Athletics. 23 April 2020. Retrieved 20 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Paris will host the European Athletics Championships 2020". european-athletics. 28 April 2017. Retrieved 2019-06-06.
  7. ^ "Birmingham and Budapest are the host city candidates for the 2026 European Athletics Championships". European Athletics Association. 2022-06-20. Retrieved 2022-08-31.
  8. ^ "THE SILESIAN STADIUM TO ORGANIZE THE 2028 EUROPEAN ATHLETICS CHAMPIONSHIPS!". Retrieved 24 July 2022.
  9. ^ a b c d Statistics Handbook 2022 European Athletics Championships. European Athletics (2022). Retrieved on 2022-08-15.
  10. ^ "2022 medal table". munich22results.european-athletics.com. Retrieved 15 August 2022.

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