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  Sunday, 11 August, 2002, 12:04 GMT 13:04 UK
European Athletics: Day six

Great Britain enjoyed a golden finale to the European Championships with victory in the men's 4x400m relay.

Jared Deacon, Matt Elias, Jamie Baulch and Daniel Caines combined superbly to win the final event in Munich.
Great Britain's men's 4x100m team celebrate their victory at the European Championships
It was a comfortable win for the GB 4x100m team

It was Britain's seventh gold of the week and the second of the day after the quartet of Christian Malcolm, Darren Campbell, Marlon Devonish and Dwain Chambers also won the men's 4x100m relay.

There were several final day shocks as Romania's Gaby Szabo was beaten by Sureyya Ayhan of Turkey in the women's 1500m while Finland's Janne Holmen was a surprise winner of the men's marathon.

But it was business as usual for Denmark's Wilson Kipketer, who claimed gold in the men's 800m.


Men's 4x400m relay


Great Britain's quartet win gold in 3:01.25 in a thrilling finale to the championships.

The quartet of Jared Deacon, Matt Elias, Jamie Baulch and Daniel Caines come home first to extend Britain's impressive record of winning the event at every European Championships since 1986.

Caines has a slight lead when he takes the baton on the final leg and holds off the late challenge of Russia's anchorman.

Poland are third across the line but are disqualified because their second runner barged into his German rival on the home straight, knocking him over.

France are promoted to the bronze medal position.


Men's 5,000m


Alberto Garcia of Spain sprints away in the last 200m of a slow-run race to take gold in 13:38.19.

A group of six are in with a chance at the final bell but none can respond to Garcia's devastating acceleration.

Ismail Sghyr of France takes silver with Sergiy Lebid of the Ukraine third.

Ireland's Mark Carroll is sixth with Sam Haughian of Great Britain in ninth.


Men's long jump


Britain's Chris Tomlinson achieves his best jump with his first round jump of 7.78m.

It is only enough for sixth place in the event which is won by Olekisy Lucashevic of the Ukraine with a jump of 8.08m.


Men's discus
Robert Fazekas of Hungary wins gold in a new championship record of 68.83m.

Silver goes to Lithuania's Virgilijus Alekna with Michael Mollenbeck of Germany taking bronze.


Women's 4x400m relay


Germany delight the home crowd by taking the gold medal, only their second of the championships.

They edge out Russia in a thrilling race with Poland taking the bronze - despite a storming final leg from Lee McConnell, Great Britain have to settle for fourth place.


Women's 1500m


Sureyya Ayhan of Turkey beats hot favourite Gaby Szabo of Romania in a battle to the line in 3:58.79.

Ayhan set a very strong pace from the start and soon stretched the field out and then managed to hold off Szabo's challenge on the final straight.

Tatiana Tomashova of Russia runs a personal best to take the bronze medal.


Men's 4x100m


Great Britain justified their pre-race favouritism and cruised home ahead of the Ukraine and Poland in a time of 38.19.

Christian Malcolm, Darren Campbell and Marlon Devonish ran the first three legs and gave Dwain Chambers a comfortable cushion and the individual 100m champion brought the baton home safely.


Men's 800m


Wilson Kipketer of Denmark gives a masterclass in how to run 800m to take gold in 1:47.25.

Andre Bucher of Switzerland takes silver with Nils Schumann of Germany winning bronze.


Women's 4x100m relay


France successfully defend their European title, pipping Germany on the line to win in 42.46 seconds.

The host nation had led all the way but a superb final leg from France's Odiah Sidibe earns gold for her team.

Russia finish third to repeat the first three finishing order of four years ago.


Women's high jump


Like many of her rivals, Commonwealth silver medallist Susan Jones does not cope well in the slippery conditions and goes out of the event after failing to clear 1.92m.

Kajsa Berqvist of Sweden wins gold with a height of 1.98m with Marina Kuptsova of Russia taking silver as the only other woman to clear 1.92m.


Men's marathon


Janne Holmen of Finland is the shock winner after making an early break that caught the more fancied runners napping.

Norway's Karl Rasmussen went with Holmen but was eventually swallowed up by the chasing pack with Pavel Loskutov of Estonia coming through to take silver and Spaniard Julio Rey of Spain winning bronze.

Holmen clinched victory in a personal best time of two hours, 12 minutes and 16 seconds.

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