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Athletics: Yemelyanov takes first gold of European championships

BARCELONA – Russian teenager Stanislav Yemelyanov took the first gold medal of this week’s European championships with victory in the men’s 20-km walk on Tuesday. Yemelyanov finished in a time of one hour, 20 minutes and 10 seconds with Italy’s Alex Schwazer, Olympic champion in the 50-km walk, 28 seconds behind. Portugal’s Joao Vieira finished third to repeat his bronze medal of four years ago.

“I tried to catch up with Yemelyanov but he was in top shape today. Now I hope to recover in time for the 50-km walk,” said Schwazer, who is also entered in Friday’s longer event.

The 19-year-old Yemelyanov, in his first year competing as a senior, was ahead at the eight-kilometre mark. He raised his arms aloft as he crossed the line after 20 laps on Barcelona’s streets and was immediately handed a Russian flag, which he draped around his shoulders.

Romania’s Silviu Casandra was 15th, finishing the race in 1 hour, 24 minutes and 51 hundreds of a second. 27 athletes started the race, four of which dropped out. Also on Tuesday, Romania’s Angela Morosanu qualified for the semifinals of the 400-metre hurdles competition after winning the first heat with a time of 55 seconds and 11 hundreds of a second. The following Romanian athletes also entered the qualifiers: Catalin Campeanu (400-metre hurdles), Cornelia Deiac and Viorica Tigau (javelin), Nicoleta Grasu (discus throw), Felicia Tilea and Maria Negoita (javelin), Mihai Donisan (high jump) and Marian Oprea (triple jump). Romania’s delegation at the European Seniors Championships consists of 33 athletes (21 girls and 12 boys). Its goal is to win 1-2 medals and to chalk up 4-5 presences in the finals.

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