Russia rule after a thrilling two days at European Athletics Team Championships


Together as one the Russian team waved and celebrated as they stood for the bank of photographers to capture the moment they had worked so hard for all weekend.

Once more, after a gripping afternoon at the Gateshead International Stadium, the same name was on top of the table at the 4th European Athletics Team Championships.

Russia were the champions for the third time in a row, winning by the small matter of seven points.
The difference, with their 354.5 beating Germany with 347.5 with Great Britain third with 338, just goes to show why this event remains one of the most exciting in all of track and field competitions.

Until the very end, the lead changed hands between Russia and Germany but that was not the case at the bottom as Belarus, Greece and Norway were relegated.

With the heavy rain meaning the women's high jump was moved indoors on the complex here, those in the main arena were glued to the big screen to see the outcome as it had a big say on the final result.


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