2014 IPC Athletics European Championships

IPC Athletics European Championships
2014 IPC Athletics European Championships logo.jpg
Host city Swansea, Wales, UK
Nations participating 37
Athletes participating 550
Events 193
Dates 18 – 23 August
Main venue Swansea University
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The 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships was a track and field competition for athletes with a disability open to International Paralympic Committee (IPC) affiliated countries within Europe. It was held in Swansea, Wales and lasted from 18 to 23 August. The competition was staged at Swansea University Stadium. Approximately 550 athletes from 37 countries attended the games.[1]

Russia won the Games atop the medal table with 41 Gold medals, and also collected the greatest overall medal haul with 88.[2] The host nation, Britain, finished third.[2] Of the 37 competing nations, 34 managed to achieve a podium finish.[3] There were seven world records set and a further seven European records, in a games that was beset by difficult weather conditions throughout the tournament.[4]

Venue

The venue for the Championships was the Swansea University athletics stadium.[5]

Format

The 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships is an invitational tournament taking in track and field events. No combined sports were included in the 2014 Championships. Not all events were open to all classifications, though no events were contested between classifications.

Athletes finishing in first place are awarded the gold medal, second place the silver medal and third place the bronze. If only three competitors are available to challenge for an event then no bronze medal is awarded. Some events will be classed as 'no medal' events.

Coverage

As with the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, the IPC produced live streaming footage of the Championships on ParalympicSport.TV. In the United Kingdom Channel 4 continued their commitment to para-sport with their own live streaming website and daily live coverage shown on their sister channel More4.[6]

Events

The flags of the competing nations at the 2014 Championships.

Opening ceremony

The Championship opening ceremony took place at the Swansea University Stadium on the night of 18 August the day before the first events were held. The competition was officially opened by Welsh Assembly Minister John Griffiths followed by an address by the IPC president Sir Philip Craven.[7]

The IPC flag carried into the stadium by schoolgirl Molly Hopkins, the youngest Swansea 2014 ambassador, Paralympian champion John Harris, swimmer Jack Thomas and games volunteer Harmony Dumay; before it was raised to signal the opening of the games. The swearing of the oaths were undertaken by Welsh athlete Josie Pearson, her coach Anthony Hughes, and on behalf of the officials by Matt Witt.[7]

Entertainment was provided at the venue by singers Shaheen Jafargholi and John Adams; and the Morriston Orpheus Choir.[7]

Classification

To ensure competition is as fair and balanced as possible, athletes are classified dependent on how their disability impacts on their chosen event/s. Thus athletes may compete in an event against competitors with a different disability to themselves. Where there are more than one classification in one event, (for example discus throw F54/55/56), a points system is used to determine the winner.

  • F = field athletes
  • T = track athletes
  • 11-13 – visually impaired, 11 and 12 compete with a sighted guide
  • 20 – intellectual disability
  • 31-38 – cerebral palsy or other conditions that affect muscle co-ordination and control. Athletes in class 31-34 compete in a seated position; athletes in class 35-38 compete standing.
  • 41-46 – amputation, les autres
  • 51-58 – wheelchair athletes

Schedule

The final of the men's T54 400m sprint. The Netherlands' Kenny van Weeghel celebrates the gold medal during the victory lap.
The final of the men's T12 400m sprint. Germany's Thomas Ulbricht wins gold, here challenged by Elmir Jabrayilov
 β—  Opening ceremony  β€‚  Events  β—  Closing ceremony

Medal table

The end medal table after day 5, showing all medal winning countries.

  *   Host nation (Great Britain)

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1  Russia 41 29 18 88
2  Ukraine 17 8 18 43
3  Great Britain* 16 19 17 52
4  Germany 14 17 15 46
5  Finland 9 3 4 16
6  France 8 8 4 20
7   Switzerland 8 3 6 17
8  Poland 6 15 10 31
9  Spain 6 9 10 25
10  Netherlands 5 4 5 14
11  Italy 4 5 2 11
12  Bulgaria 4 3 4 11
13  Turkey 4 3 2 9
14  Ireland 4 1 0 5
15  Sweden 3 2 2 7
16  Greece 2 5 5 12
17  Austria 2 2 0 4
18  Croatia 2 1 5 8
 Czech Republic 2 1 5 8
20  Lithuania 2 1 2 5
21  Belarus 2 1 1 4
22  Latvia 2 0 1 3
23  Portugal 1 6 3 10
24  Azerbaijan 1 2 1 4
 Hungary 1 2 1 4
26  Slovakia 1 1 1 3
27  Iceland 1 0 1 2
28  Serbia 0 5 1 6
29  Denmark 0 2 1 3
30  Belgium 0 2 0 2
31  Luxembourg 0 1 0 1
 Norway 0 1 0 1
33  Slovenia 0 0 1 1
Totals (33 nations) 168 162 146 476

Multiple medallists

Many competitors won multiple medals at the 2014 Championships. The following athletes won four medals or more.

Name Country Medal Event
Margarita Goncharova  Russia  Gold
 Gold
 Gold
 Gold
100m - T38
400m - T38
Long jump - T38
4x100m relay - T35-38
Henry Manni  Finland  Gold
 Gold
 Gold
 Gold
100m - T34
200m - T34
400m - T34
800m - T34
Manuela SchΓ€r   Switzerland  Gold
 Gold
 Gold
 Gold
400m - T54
800m - T54
1500m - T54
5000m - T54
Marcel Hug   Switzerland  Gold
 Gold
 Gold
 Bronze
800m - T54
1500m - T54
5000m - T54
400m - T54
Kenny van Weeghel  Netherlands  Gold
 Gold
 Silver
 Silver
200m - T54
400m - T54
100m - T54
800m - T54
Marc Schuh  Germany  Silver
 Bronze
 Bronze
 Bronze
400m - T54
100m - T54
200m - T54
800m - T54

Highlights

Broken records

Fourteen records were broken including seven world records.

Event Round Name Nation Time/Distance Date Record
Men's 400m T37 Final Andrei Vdovin  Russia 50.91 22 August WR
Men's 5000m T13 Final Alexey Akhtyamov  Russia 15:07.13 20 August ER
Men's High Jump T44 Final Maciej Lepiato  Poland 2.17m 22 August WR
Men's Discus Throw F44 Final Dan Greaves  Great Britain 62.34m 22 August ER
Men's Discus Throw F54 Final Drazenko Mitrovic  Serbia 33.68 20 August WR
Women's 100m T12 Semifinal Oxana Boturchuk  Ukraine 12.00 19 August ER
Women's 400m T38 Final Margarita Goncharova  Russia 1:03.40 22 August WR
Women's 400m T44 Final Marie-Amelie Le Fur  France 1:01.41 22 August WR
Women's 4x100m Relay T35-38 Final Zhanna Fekolina
Margarita Goncharova
Anna Sapozhnikova
Svetlana Sergeeva
 Russia 53.53 23 August WR
Women's Long Jump T37 Final Anna Sapozhnikova  Russia 4.46 21 August ER
Women's Shot Put F37 Final Eva Berna  Czech Republic 11.01 19 August ER
Women's Discus Throw F12 Final Sofia Oksem  Russia 45.97 22 August WR
Women's Javelin Throw F53 Final Svitlana Stetsyuk  Ukraine 10.50 22 August ER
Women's Club Throw F51 Final Joanna Butterfield  Great Britain 17.68 22 August ER

Participating nations

Below is the list of countries who agreed to participate in the Championships and the requested number of athlete places for each.

See also

Footnotes

Notes
References
  1. ^ "Swansea 2014". paralympic.org. Retrieved 13 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Medal Standings" (PDF). IPC. 23 August 2014. Archived from the original (pdf) on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  3. ^ "Placing Table" (PDF). IPC. 23 August 2014. Archived from the original (pdf) on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Records Set: As of 23 Aug 2014" (PDF). IPC. 23 August 2014. Archived from the original (pdf) on 3 September 2014. Retrieved 27 August 2014.
  5. ^ Davies, Gareth A (21 March 2013). "Swansea to host 2014 IPC Athletics European Championships". telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 20 November 2013.
  6. ^ Anderson, Gary (10 July 2014). "Bumper summer of Paralympic sports coverage as Channel 4 set to broadcast host of events". insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 20 July 2014.
  7. ^ a b c "Swansea 2014: The Opening Ceremony". thewave.co.uk. 19 August 2014. Retrieved 21 August 2014.

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