Eleven gold medals to be decided on day of defending champions in Berlin
BERLIN - A comeback king and discus queen head the list of reigning champions who are in action on the penultimate day of athletics at the Olympic Stadium.
Ukraine's 2.40m Andrii PROTSENKO, who took silver at the 2014 Europeans in Zurich, may be the man to beat in the high jump but emotions will go off the scale if Italy's defending champion, Gianmarco TAMBERI, can challenge after rebuilding his career following the horrendous ankle injury he sustained in Monaco shortly after setting an Italian record of 2.39m on the eve of the Rio 2016 Games.
Croatia's world and Olympic discus champion Sandra PERKOVIC looks set to become the first athlete, male or female, to earn five consecutive European titles in the same event, throwing nearly four metres further than her nearest rival in qualifying.
Britain's Dina ASHER-SMITH, already 100m gold medallist, laid down her credentials for a successful defence of her individual 200m title by winning her semifinal in 22.34 seconds.
Others defending their titles include Adam KSZCZOT (POL) in the men's 800m, women's long jump champion Ivana SPANOVIC (SER) and 20km race walker Miguel ANGEL LOPEZ (ESP), while in the 5000m all eyes will be on Norwegian brothers Henrik, Filip and 17-year-old Jakob INGEBRIGTSEN - who took gold in Friday's 1500m.
There will be a new champion in the women's 400m, though, as Italy’s Libania GRENOT failed to reach the final, leaving Britain’s Laviai NIELSEN as the fastest qualifier.
The action begins away from the track at 09:05 local time with the women's 20km walk race and ends with the men's and women's 4x400m relay finals.
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