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Wednesday, 7 August, 2002, 15:53 GMT 16:53 UK
Salute Euro champs
Steve Backley and Colin Jackson became the first and second British athletes to win four consecutive European gold medals
A golden finale in Munich caps off a fantastic week of athletic action at the European Championships.

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Friday's action in Munich saw Steve Backley become the first ever British athlete to win four successive European titles.

Two days later he was joined in the record books by hurdler Colin Jackson, who was desperate to make up for missing out on gold in the Commonwealth Games.

Meanwhile, Britain's triple jumper Ashia Hansen followed up her Commonwealth gold with another in Munich, once again leaving her longest jump until last.

And the final day's action saw both the 4x400m and 4x100m men's relay teams clinch gold.

Salute Britain's stars.


This page is now closed. A selection of your e-mails appear below.


I enjoyed watching Colin Jackson claim his historic fourth European title. He is an excellent competitor with a very professional attitude. He has given athletics fans all over the world great pleasure. I think he should carry on to Athens and get the elusive Olympic title.
Dirghayu Patel, Britain

Well done to Colin Jackson, but I'm sure he would trade in all his medals for just one Oylmpic gold medal. If I were him I would ignore what people say and go for it in Athens 2004, and give people something to talk about (it bugs me when I hear people saying that he's too old). Come on guys, give him some support, I know he can win it in 2004 (we all know he wants to!)
Karl Kraus, England

It's unbelievable that Jonathan Edwards lost the triple jump medal to an unknown. Anyway, no one can take it away from him, that he is a living legend that has seen it all. All in all, the Brits showed they are never-say-die athletes after the Commonwealth games, and putting up such a brilliant performance is a great thing.
Oluwashina Okeleji, Nigeria

Well done Steve! Not just a brilliant first round throw, but a true champion - four in a row!
Simon Ford, UK


I've always been a fan of Kelly Holmes, but she was well out of order last night
Richard, UK
Is this possibly the worst organised championships ever?
Kash, England

What a debacle! Athletes hit by cameras, tripped by cables, deafened by guns, omitted from scoreboard, told they won then lost...Thank goodness the athletes themselves have perfomances worth watching!
Sally Fife, UK

Many people doubted the ability of Manchester to host a successful Commonwealth Games, but the Mancunians proved them wrong in tremendous style. The Germans, however, seem to be unable to do anything right at the European Championships in Munich.

From omitting decathletes' scores, vacillating over dead heats and wandering in front of competing athletes, to trying to decapitate 200m sprinters, their organisation has been a farce. So much for German efficiency. I suggest that the IOC, European Athletics Federation and all other organising bodies think long and hard before even considering Germany as a possible venue for future events.
Sue McEvoy, England

I've always been a fan of Kelly Holmes, but she was well out of order last night in publicly accusing Jolanda Ceplak of cheating with absolutely no evidence to back her claims up.

I've no doubt that there are still some athletes that aren't doing it by the book but unless you can prove it, it's very dodgy ground. It's sad that even athletes are now assuming that anyone who improves their performance must be cheating.
Richard, UK


I'm so sad and infuriated by the disgrace Munich are making of this major championship
Claire Osborne, London, England

I would like to offer my support for Kelly Holmes and having the guts to say what she feels about an obvious situation.

Interestingly enough, there was plenty of support for Paula's equally controversial actions toward an IAAF proven "innocent" athlete. Good on you Kelly.
Andrew Whyley, UK

The failure of our athletes in the European Championships is because of bad and out of date nutritional programmes. The cells in the body, especially in top athletes, require specific daily nutrition inputs.

If they were on correct nutrition the cells would be constantly supplied with the material required to enable them to operate at their optimum performance after minimum rest - one day. The fact that they are all reporting tiredness confirms that fact.
Dr. Rodney Quixley, UK

After the organisational sucesses of Manchester and the Commonwealth Games, I'm so sad and infuriated by the disgrace Munich are making of this major championship - give us an Olympic Stadium, we can't do any worse than Munich have!
Claire Osborne, London, England

Which genius organised the Commonwealth Games to take place a week before the European event? Surely this could have been better planned!
Tim, UK


Backley is likely to struggle to beat his nemesis Jan Zelezney
Paul Mullins, England

Jonathan Ewards is bound to win gold in the triple jump!
Cameron Nott, England

I would predict a haul of about 12 medals would be par for the course. I would think three gold, four silver and five bronze would be the most likely outcome. If things go very well, then maybe 15 medals with five gold, five silver and five bronze.
Rhys Jaggar, England

I think there will be a lot of pressure on Daniel Canes. Since 1986 Team GB has won a gold medal in the 400 meters of every European Championship. Overall, I think team GB will do very well and will win at least 12 medals.
I Stevens, England

It won't be easy to emulate the winning performances in the European Championships. Some events that England won medals in, such as the middle distance races, will be tougher for the women, but the men's events could be easier.

Backley is likely to struggle to beat his nemesis Jan Zelezney, but Jonathan Edwards has no equal! We always stand a chance if there are no US sprinters.
Paul Mullins, England

Britain will easily finish top of the medal table, with Dwain Chambers, Jonathon Edwards, Steve Backley, Colin Jackson and Paula Radcliffe all winning gold.
John, England

It would be nice to see Merlene Ottey win a medal of any kind for Slovenia at these European Championships. She has done so much for the sport over the past two decades as part of Jamaica, and it's a shame that she has not won an Olympic gold medal.

It would be a thrill to see her ditch the bridesmaid outfit and finally be the blushing bride! Good luck, Ms Ottey!
Alex Sarmiento, USA


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