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European Athletics U23 Championships a huge success on Alsatan

The 2009 European U23 Athletics Championships, in Kaunas Lithuania, were completed on Sunday with a fantastic reaction to the new Alsatan SC track by Stockmeier Urethanes. The track was realized by interfloortech in co-orperation with their Lithuanian partner.

Russia was again the dominant nation with 25 medals as the curtain came down on the final day of the European U23 Championships in Kaunas, Lithuania (19). Britain was second with a record of 18, Germany third on 12. Poland collected 15, but with one fewer silver than Germany was placed fourth.

An exiting 1500 m was won by Russia´s Ivan Tukhtachev in 3:51.19 with w withering turn of speed from 120 m out to burst past defending champion, Alvaro Rodriguexz of Spain, who eventually faded to fourth. Silver was claimed by Great Britain´s James Brewer who came through in the last 40 m with Jacob Holusa of Czech republik moving fastest of all over the last 20 m to grab bronze.

Turkey´s Sultan Haidar won the woman´s event in 4:14.12 after she overtook a tiring Yelena Fesenko of Russia with 100 m to go. Fesenko eventually picked up bronze as she was passed by com patriot Kristina Khalayeva with 20 m left.