Kristjan Ceh Clinches Gold at European Athletics Championships

Former world champion Kristjan Ceh of Slovenia won the discus throw at the European athletics championships. Ceh's throw reached 68.08 meters, surpassing Lukas Weisshaidinger and Mykolas Alekna. Other highlights include Antonella Palmisano's victory in the 20-kilometer race walk and Ireland's win in the 4x400 mixed relay.


PTI | Rome | Updated: 08-06-2024 10:04 IST | Created: 08-06-2024 10:04 IST
Kristjan Ceh Clinches Gold at European Athletics Championships
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Former world champion Kristjan Ceh of Slovenia triumphed in the discus throw amid fierce competition on the opening night of the European athletics championships on Friday.

Ceh's impressive throw reached 68.08 meters, putting him ahead of Austria's Lukas Weisshaidinger (67.70 meters) and Lithuania's Mykolas Alekna (67.48 meters), who broke a nearly 30-year-old world record earlier this year.

"I finally got my self-confidence back," Ceh said after receiving congratulations from his girlfriend, Estonian hammer thrower Anna Maria Orel. "Everybody was talking about Alekna. He's the world record holder, so everyone wants to beat him."

In other events, Olympic champion Antonella Palmisano, wearing a tiara, celebrated her victory in the 20-kilometer race walk with enthusiastic local fans. Lyudmila Olyanovska of Ukraine surged past Spain's Laura Garcia-Caro to claim bronze in a thrilling finish.

Italy's Nadia Battocletti set a championship record with a time of 14:35.29 in the 5,000 meters, while Ireland secured its first gold in the 4x400 mixed relay since 1998. The women's shot put saw a Dutch 1-2 finish, with Jessica Schilder and Jorinde Van Klinken besting Germany's Yemisi Ogunleye.

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