European Athletics Championships

Publication date: 24 May 2024

The European Athletics Championships is the largest international event in the world of athletics. This event used to be held every 4 years, and since 2010 – every 2 years. Under the auspices of the European Athletics Association, the most outstanding track and field athletes compete against each other. Athletes compete in running disciplines (short and long distances), jumping (high jump, long jump, triple jump), throwing (javelin, discus, hammer), combined events (heptathlon) and other events.

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2024 European Athletics Championships

The 26th edition of the European Athletics Championships will be held June 7-12 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. This is the third time that Italy has hosted the championships. For five days, the continent’s best athletes will compete in various disciplines. Besides, among the participants will be representatives of countries such as Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Spain and many others. This makes the competition even more exciting and interesting for the spectators. Afterwards, the best athletes will go to the Summer Olympics in Paris. 

History of the Championships

The European Athletics Championships were first held in 1934 in Turin, Italy. At that time, it was a men’s competition only. 226 athletes from 23 countries participated in the championships. Germany was the top medal winner at the time.

The women’s championship was held for the first time in 1938. Since 1946 it has been a joint championship. 

From the first championship until 2010, the competition was held every four years. After that – every two years. If the championships coincide with the Summer Olympics, the marathon and race walking events are not held.

In its rich history, the European Athletics Championships have only been cancelled twice – in 1942 during the World War II and in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Results of previous competitions 

Year Venue Best in Medal Standings
2022 Munich, Germany Germany
2020 Paris, France  Not conducted due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2018 Berlin, Germany  UK

Top 5 countries by all-time medal count   

Country Medals 
UK 124 gold, 96 silver, 106 bronze
Soviet Union 120 gold, 110 silver, 101 bronze
East Germany  90 gold, 83 silver, 66 bronze
Germany  70 gold, 70 silver, 63 bronze
France  69 gold, 69 silver, 65 bronze

2026 European Athletics Championships

It is already known that the 27th European Athletics Championships will be held from August 3 to 9 in the city of Birmingham, UK. The competition will take place in the Alexander Stadium. Unfortunately, the names of the athletes and countries participating in the championships are not yet known.

 Keep an eye on the dates of various championships and other events in our Sporting Events Calendar.

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