AMENDED: Flying Frenchman LAVILLENIE seeks fourth gold on final day of athletics
Amended to remove the word "eight" from in front of the word "athletes" in the opening paragraph.
BERLIN - Two world-record breaking field event stars will bid to join an exclusive club of athletes to have won four European championship gold medals on the final day of athletics at Berlin Olympic Stadium on Sunday.
Flying Frenchman Renaud LAVILLENIE will be looking to regain the men’s pole vault title he won at Barcelona 2010, Helsinki 2012 and Zurich 2014, while Poland’s Anita WLODARCYZK defends the women’s hammer crown she has won at the last three championships (2012, 2014 and Amsterdam 2016).
Both qualified without trouble for their respective finals, LAVILLENIE clearing 5.61 metres with his second effort and WLODARCYZK throwing 75.01m with ease.
LAVILLENIE, who set the pole vault world record in 2014, will face Sweden's 18-year-old rising talent Armand DUPLANTIS in the final, along with Polish pair Pawel WOJCIECHOWSKI, the 2011 world champion, and Piotr LISEK, the London 2017 world silver medallist.
WLODARCYZK, who turned 33 on Friday, is more than three metres better than anyone else in Europe this year (79.59m), with Hanna MALYSHIK of Belarus (76.26m) likely to be her nearest challenger.
The host nation will look to go out on a high on the final day, with defending champion Gesa-Felicitas KRAUSE a gold medal hope in the women’s 3000m steeplechase.
Great Britain’s Laura MUIR bids to add the European outdoor 1500m title to her indoor crowns at 1500m and 3000m. The Scot is the only finalist to have broken four minutes this season, but she will need to see off the challenge of fellow-Briton Laura WEIGHTMAN and Poland's Sofia ENNAOUI.
Dutch star Sifan HASSAN leads the field in the women’s 5000m while Azerbaijan’s Alexis COPELLO is the man to beat in the triple jump.
The day starts in Berlin city centre with the men’s and women’s marathons. Norway’s European record holder Sondre Nordstad MOEN will go for gold in the men’s, while Belarusian Volha MAZURONAK is tipped to win the women’s race.
The 4x100m relays will bring the championships to a close, with Britain’s sprinters looking to add more titles to their individual honours.
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