After a fierce battle, Ireland won first place in 3rd Division of the European Athletics Team Championships. The national team scored a total of 14 victories and 494 points, advancing this way to the 2nd Division. The team won, among others, thanks to today’s victories of Mark Smyth in the 200 m, Eric Favors in the shot put and David Cussen in the high jump.
The teams of Austria and Israel also advanced to the 2nd division, scoring 473.5 and 434 points respectively. In addition, Austrian Susanne Gogl-Walli broke her personal record over the distance of 200 m (23.09).
The Albanian Luiza Gega, who won the 3000 m hurdles and also the second competition record (9:17.31), turned out to be the star. Thus, she became the best player in the history of the European Team Championships, with 11 wins and 2 second places.
Thanks to Jordan Gusman, who dominated the 5,000 m track, the last day of the 3rd Division also brought the first victory for the Malta national team.
The winner of the 2nd Division was the Hungarian team, which was leading from the first day. Finally, the team finished the competition with 5 victories and a score of 456.5 points.
The medal for the second place went to Ukraine, which scored 435.5 points, and the third place went to Lithuania, which with a final score of 372.5 beat Slovenia by only 0.5 points. It provided a lot of emotions, especially since in the last competition, i.e. the 4×400 m mixed relay, it was Slovenia that won a spectacular victory.
During the afternoon-evening session, the Ukrainian Yaroslava Mahuchik, who scored 16 points for a great result in the high jump (1.97 m) and the Lithuanian Edis Matusevicius, the winner in the javelin, performed very well. The Estonian team won the women’s 4x100m relay and broke the national record (44.21), while Tihomir Ivanov won the high jump, scoring 16 points for Bulgaria for the first time.
And tomorrow at 16:15 the competition of teams of the 1st Division begins. At the arena of the Silesian Stadium we will be able to see the best European teams, and their struggles will certainly provide everyone with great sports emotions.