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Martinez takes Gold

Day 2’s main event was the Men’s 10000m and this saw the welcome return to form of Germany’s Dieter Baumann. The event was won by Spain’s Jose Martinez.

10000m Men Winner Jose Manuel Martinez Spain Time 27:47.65
Jose Manuel Martinez of Spain held on to win the Men’s 10000m from Germany’s Dieter Baumann. The German made a late dash for victory and was unable to catch the Spaniard, however he was able to pass Martinez’s team-mate, Jose Rios, over the final 20 meters.

The Spanish are creating a nation of distance runners who believe in the ethics of teamwork and a win for one Spaniard is a win for all. Martinez’s victory was seen as a success for Rios who displayed a huge smile on witnessing his team-mate take the title.

Results : Men’s 10000m Final

Jose Manuel Martinez

Jose Manuel Martinez

1. Jose Manuel Martinez (Esp) 27:47.65
2. Dieter Baumann (Ger) 27:47.87
3. Jose Rios (Esp) 27:48.29
4. Stefano Baldini (Ita) 27:50.98
5. Karl Keska (GBR) 28:01.72
6. El Hassan Lahssini (Fra) 28:05.13
7. Marco Mazza (Ita) 28:05.94
8. Dmitriy Maksimov (Rus) 28:19.20
9. Kamiel Maase (Ned) 28:21.85
10. Rachid Berradi (Ita) 28:24.31
11. Dennis Jensen (Den) 28:24.55
12. Ignacio Caceres (Esp) 28:25.84
13. Alexander Lubina (Ger) 28:43.90
14. Claes Nyberg (Swe) 29:03.92
15. Mario Krockert (Ger) 29:08.86
16. Seamus Power (Irl) 29:43.65
DNF Abdellah Behar (Fra)

Below is a ‘capping’ of the Women’s 800m and Men’s 3000m S/Chase semi final.

Men’s 3000m steeplechase
Antonio Jimenez of Spain, the favourite for gold, and his team-mate controlled heat one with a time of 8:27.60. Time-to-Run’s favourite to win the final is the French athlete, Bouaddellah Tahri, who was content to finish in 3rd qualyfing spot. Holland’s Simon Vroemen, the new European record holder ran a controlled race to easily take the second heat.

Women’s 800m
Kelly Holmes, the Commonwealth Games champion over 1500m, ran a controlled and comfortable race to qualify for the final. The Brit only moved to the front over the last 100m. Jolande Ceplak cruised into the final and looks a good bet for the title.

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