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  Sunday, 11 August, 2002, 20:42 GMT 21:42 UK
Munich's best and 'wurst'
Germany's Jens Dautzenberg takes a tumble during the men's 4x400m relay
Dautzenberg's tumble tested the crowd's good humour

Our man in Munich picks out his highs and lows of the European Athletics Championships.

Ja bitte
Sell-out crowds packing the Olympiastadion on the final three days, roaring their approval of every winner and almost coping with the German men's 4x400m relay team falling flat on their faces.

Nein danke
The constant waves of freezing rain which fell on Munich from Monday onwards. And to think we left Manchester looking forward to a week of golden Bavarian sunshine.

Matt Elias savours 4x400m gold
Elias was far from 'blue' thanks to his exploits in Munich
Ja bitte
Hearing Nena's 1983 smash-hit Neun Und Neunzig Luftballons blaring out of a car radio outside the stadium.

Nein danke
Having dodgy German band Opus' woeful Life is Life played constantly over the stadium public address system.

Ja bitte
Young German autograph hunters so keen on athletics that even BBC Sport Online's correspondent was asked for his signature.

Nein danke
The officials in charge of dishing out false starts. There were so many errors of judgement that a drunken monkey could hardly have done worse.

Ja bitte
A million and one types of beer with which to celebrate Britain's medal successes.

Nein danke
Endless cheese sandwiches. Germany - the wurst country in the world in which to be vegetarian.

Heli Koivula puts in another big leap in the triple jump
Heli Koivula's battle with Ashia Hansen was one to savour
Ja bitte
Britain's Matt Elias' blue hair, to follow the Welsh red he had at the Commonwealths. Versatility to match his on-track switch from 400m hurdles to the 4x400m relay.

Nein danke
Slovenian sprinter Rok Predanic's dyed red eyebrows. What next - the hair that only his girlfriend should see?

Ja bitte
Heli Koivula and Ashia Hansen in the triple jump. Separated by just 17 centimetres.

Nein danke
Wandering into the sauna at the BBC hotel to find two 60-year-old German hausfraus in there already - naked.


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