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Germany triumph in European Team athletics tourney


German Robert Harting competes in the discus throw at the European Athletics Team Championships in Brunswick, Germany, on Sunday.

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Germany won the two-day European Team Championships over defending champions Russia on Sunday with 10 victories in 40 events in their second win, after Leira, Portugal, in 2009.

German athletes started with a three-point advantage following Saturday’s competitions.

Richard Ringer set a championship record to win the men’s 3,000m in 7 minutes, 50.99 seconds, Timo Benitz ran a lifetime-best 1 minute, 46.24 seconds in the men’s 800m, Andreas Hofmann threw a personal-best 86.13m to win the javelin, Robert Harting threw 67.42m to win the discus and Christina Schwanitz won the women’s shot put with 19.43m.

Malaika Mihambo also set a championship record of 6.9m to win the women’s long jump.

Germany finished with 371 points, ahead of Russia on 359.5 and France on 295. Poland and Britain were next with 293 and 281.5 points respectively.

“We’re happy to see that we’re the leading nation in Europe,” German athletics federation president Clemens Prokop said.

Sergey Shubenkov ran a championship record of 13.20 to win the men’s 110 hurdles for Russia, which also won in the men’s 4x400m and triple jump, where Aleksey Fyodorov had a leap of 16.95m.

French success came with championship records: Yoann Kowal finished the steeplechase in 8 minutes, 25.50 seconds and Cindy Billard ran 12.66 seconds.

France’s Renaud Lavillenie also won the pole vault.

Sweden claimed the women’s 1,500m and 5,000m through Abeba Aregawi in 4 minutes, 14.20 seconds and Meraf Bahta in 15:36.3 respectively.

Ukraine won the women’s 4 x 400m, but Germany finished second to move another step closer to overall victory.

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