Third straight win for Shubenkov
Second day of the competition of the European Team Championships got underway in Cheboksary.
First event on the track, the 3000m race, was won by Gernany's Richard Ringer, who clocked 8:34.35. Spain's Roberto Alaiz was second in 8:35.07, while the Brit Andrew Butchart was third in 8:35.75. Russia's Yegor Nikolayev was just 0.07 behind the Butchart, taking fourth.
"In the morning, I was afraid that today would be even hotter than yesterday, but when I saw the cloudy sky, I felt better," said Ringer. "The pace was very slow from the start, so I was among the leaders, which is very convenient in this type of weather. My tactics was, as usual, to find a right moment and give it my all over the last 200m. The spectators helped me a lot, it was very cool and lound at the arena."
Belarus' Alina Talay gained an expected victory in the 100m hurdles in 12.80, after competing for her team in the flat 100m on Saturday. In second. just 0.05 behind Talay, was Russia's Nina Morozova, while Cindy Roleder from Germany was third with a season's best of 12.92.
"I had a hard time fighting the wind yesterday," said Talay. "But today the conditions were ideal for a fast time. I did it and I'm very happy with my performance."
The European Championships bronze medallust from Poland Robert Urbanek won the discus throw with 63.03m. Germany's Martin Wierig was second with 60.23m, while Spain's Frank Casanas placed third with 60.01m. Russia's Gleb Sidorchenko was sixth with 58.21m.
"I'm happy with the win, but not with the distance," said Urbanek. "The wind wasn't favorable for far throws, so I'm happy I could at least manage 62m in each round."
Russia's Sergey Shubenkov notched his third European Team Championships victory in a row, clocking a season's best of 13.22 into a headwind of -2.6 m/s in the 110m hurdles. The European leader from France Pascal Martinot-Lagarde was second in 13.42, while Great Britain's Lawrence Clarke took third un 13.64.
The indoor and outdoor European champion Christina Schwanitz from Gemany set the Championships Record in the shot put - 19.82m. Russia's Irina Tarasova was second with 18.52m, while Belarus' Aliona Dubitskaya was third with 18.38m.
"My knee was bothering me a little, and it was very hot," said Schwanitz. "But I scored 12 points, it matters the most."
Italy's Giordano Benedetti, also with the Championships Record of 1:45.11, won the 800m race, 0.03sec ahead of France's Pierre-Ambroise Bosse. The experienced Pole Adam Kszczot was third in 1:45.84. The 19-year-old World Youth Championships 2013 runner-up Konstantin Tolokonnikov took a surprise fourth place. He excelled in his first senior competition for team Russia, setting a personal best of 1:46.42.