Anna Wlodarczyk wins the hammer throw, Ukrainian athletes finish first in the 200m and other European Team Championships results.
One of the oldest Cheboksary 2015 participants, the 38-year-old Italian Fabrizio Donato, leaped to 17.11m with a tailwind of 3.3 m/s and won the triple jump competition. The bronze medallist of the last year's competition, Russia's Aleksey Fyodorov, took second with 16.92m, third place was taken by the Funn Simo Lipsanen (16.62m).
The Polish world recod holder in the hammer throw Anita Wlodarczyk won with the Championships Record of 78.28m. Germany's Betty Heidler, who has been winning at the European Team Championships for the last four years, took second - 75.73m. 21-year-old Alexandra Tavernier from France placed third with a personal best of 74.05m. Russia's Oksana Kondratyeva placed sixth (71.07m).
Russia's Anna Shchagina in her first European Team Championships outing took a win with a strong finishing kick, 4:15.22. Norway's Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal was second, just 0.01 behind the Russian. Rhianwedd Price from Great Britain took third in 4:16.59.
"I was saving some power for the last 100m, so I was relatively fresh on the home stretch," explained Shchagina. "The fans really helped me. I'm so thankful for their powerful support. The fight was very intense and I'm glad I won."
Ukraine's Natalia Pohrebniak clocked the fastest time of the day and a personal best of 22.76 in the 200m. Great Britain's Bianca Williams took second in 23.16m, while Russia's Yekaterina Smirnova placed third in 23.29.
In the men's 200m, the win also went to Ukraine. Serhiy Smelyk won the heat A with a season's best of 20.45. The B-heat winner Danny Talbot from Great Britain took second overall in 20.62. Italy's Enrico Demonte was third in 20.67.
Poland's Renata Plis won the 5000m race in 15:49.29. Belarus' Volha Mazuronak, who used to be a race walker and took ninth in the London marathon earlier this year, placed secind in 15:51.89. France's Clemence Calvin was third in 15:53.28. Russia's Gulshat Fazlitdinova was fourth in 15:57.50.
Krystian Zalewski scored another 12 points from Poland, winning the steeplechase in 8:37.51. Russia's Nikolay Chavkin notched second place with an impressive finish - 8:39.39, while Italy's Yuri Floriani placed third in 8:40.47.
"We were very slow over the first 2km, because our event gets really gruelling in such a hot weather," said Zalewski. "The group was very tight, so my only thought was that I had to find a space to get ahead on the last lap, as I had to get those 12 points here."