1 August 14:30 (BST)

European Championships Trophy on offer to winning nation

GLASGOW - The nation that wins the most gold medals at the Glasgow and Berlin 2018 European Championships will be presented with a gold-plated, tri-sided trophy.

British Olympic medallist rower Dame Katherine GRAINGER, Russia’s 2017 European gymnastics floor champion Angelina MELNIKOVA and Sweden’s lightweight single scull rower Emma FREDH unveiled the new European Championships Trophy on Wednesday.

As well as the trophy, the seven sport federations from the leading nation will receive an individual gold ingot, shaped like the trophy's gold crown, on a plinth of Scottish oak.

"This trophy provides a clear and tangible target for all national teams across the seven sports involved as they unite in their efforts to be named the winning nation of this inaugural European Championships," Svein Arne HANSEN, co-chair of the Championships and European Athletics president, said.

Co-chair Paolo BARELLI, president of European swimming federation LEN, will present the trophy in George Square on 12 August, 10 minutes after the athletics competition concludes in Berlin.

"The design of the European Championships Trophy has been carefully considered to represent a unifying bond between the competing countries of Europe, the seven sports represented in Glasgow and Berlin, and the nations who will be competing to take it back home with them," BARELLI said.

"The trophy will be a fantastic legacy for future editions of our innovative multi-sport championships."

The trophy, 65cm high and more than 40cm wide, weighs 10.5kg and will be on show in Glasgow and Berlin during the 11 days of competition.

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