Danielle Frenkel ended the women’s high-jump final in the 12th and last position
on Sunday, failing to repeat her performance in the qualifiers from two days
The 22-year-old set a new Israeli record of 1.92 meters in her
first attempt in Friday’s qualifiers, but looked nervous from the start of
Sunday’s final and could only clear 1.85m before failing three times at
Despite Sunday’s disappointment, Frenkel will be pleased with her
overall performance in Barcelona.
Frenkel only began to focus on
athletics four years ago and has made a significant improvement since, the
highlight of which was her qualification to the European final. The final was
won by Croatia’s Blanka Vlasic, who jumped 2.03m. Vlasic was handed her gold
medal by Israel’s two-time European champion Alex Averbukh.
Sunday, the 55-year-old Ayele Setegne amazingly proved he can still keep up with
the continent’s best in the marathon.
Setegne came in at 23rd position in
a time of 2 hours, 26 minutes and 26 seconds, one place behind Israel’s best
finisher Wodage Zwadya, who completed the course in 2:24.39h.
Svnech (2:28.36), Brihun Weve (2:31.47) and Zohar Zemiro (2:36.58) finished in
30th, 34th and 38th position, respectively, with some 19 racers not even
completing the marathon in the hot and humid conditions.
results of Israel’s three best finishers gave it sixth position overall out of
12 in the team competition.
Viktor Rothlin made up for European silver
four years ago with a victory in the men’s marathon to give Switzerland its
“This was my 19th marathon and it felt like the first,” said
Rothlin, who won in a time of 2 hours, 15 minutes, 31 seconds.
might as well have been over after today, but the only thing I can say now is
that I’m back!” Spain’s Jose Manuel Martinez – a former European champion in the
10,000 meters – won silver ahead of Russia’s Dmitriy Safronov.
“I like to
run in the heat,” Rothlin said. “Compared to Osaka 2007 (worlds) this was
Stefano Baldini’s return to defend his title ended early when the
Italian pulled up nearly halfway through. The 39-year-old 2004 Olympic champion
hadn’t competed since a 12th-place finish at the Beijing
Christophe Lemaitre became the first sprinter to win three golds
at the European Championships after helping France win the 4x100 relay title on
Lemaitre ran the second leg down the back straight before anchor
Martial Mbandjock raced past Italy’s Maurizio Checcucci for France to clock
Italy took silver in 38.17 and Germany claimed the bronze
in 38.44 at Barcelona’s Olympic stadium.
“We panicked a little in the
last few meters when we saw the Italians right on our tail,” said Lemaitre, who
ran a quick leg but had a difficult handover.
“They were running very
fast but Martial did an excellent job for us.”
success, former Olympic champion Valery Borzov believes he is not ready to race
against Usain Bolt or Tyson Gay.
“He’s young and he’s strong but I’m a
little skeptical,” Borzov said before Sunday’s 4x100 race.
“He needs to
get to 9.60 (seconds) and it’s not possible now, maybe only in a few years. I’m
not sure he can compete with the Americans or Jamaicans.”
French women were beaten by Ukraine in the 4x100 relay, France matched Russia’s
gold total when Mahiedine Mekhissi-Benabbad led Bouabdellah Tahri in a 1-2 sweep
of the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:07.87.
Spain’s Jose Luis
Blanco won bronze.
Christine Arron faded down the stretch as Yelizaveta
Bryzhina surged past to give Ukraine the women’s 4x100 relay gold in 42.29
seconds. Poland took bronze.
Alemitu Bekele won the women’s 5,000 meters
to deny Turkish teammate Elvan Abeylegesse a double distance gold.
Ethiopian-born Bekele stayed with the leading pack as it broke away with over
2,500 meters to go before pouncing ahead of her three chasers along the back
Abeylegesse, who won the 10,000, took silver in
Sara Moreira of Portugal took the bronze in
Christian Reif of Germany broke a 24-year record at the
European Championships to win the men’s long jump on Sunday.
8.47 meters at Barcelona’s Olympic stadium to eclipse the mark of 8.41 set by
Robert Emmiyan of Germany in 1986.