European Indoor Championships: Day one as it happened

Holly Bleasdale reaches the final of the women's pole vault on the first day of the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg.

1 March 2013 Last updated at 19:18

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  1. 1913: 

    That's your lot for today, I'm afraid, but there will be plenty of athletics to entertain us on Saturday. The day kicks off at 10:30GMT with qualification for the men's long jump. Britain's Chris Tomlinson will take part in that, all being well. Seven golds will be up for grabs so do make sure you tune in. Cheerio for now.

  2. 1909: 
    Kolasinac takes shot put gold

    The men's shot put final has reached a conclusion. And the winner is... Asmir Kolasinac with a throw which covered a stonking 20.62m. It was a season's best for the Serb. Silver went to Hamza Alic (20.34m) and Ladislav Prazil (20.29m) will wear the bronze around his neck.

  3. 1906: 
    Grabarz through to high jump final

    Good news for those wanting to wave an union jack flag. Robbie Grabarz has qualified for the final despite failing to jump over 2.28m.

    "I've just found out I've made the final and I was surprised," he says. "It's a great track to jump on and I just ran too fast. It's all good. The jumps I did jump I cleared by a huge distance. I've just got to realise I don't have to try hard to clear heights like that. That's as close as it comes to messing it right up."

  4. 1901: 
    Women's 60m hurdles final

    A cruel end for Ireland's Derval Orouke, who looked set to secure a medal only to fade at the end and finish fourth. "It's the quickest I've run indoors since I won the world indoors so I have to take the positives," she says. "I started well. I felt like I fought really hard the whole way. I'll be really sad tonight but, hopefully, tomorrow I'll be a bit better."

    Alina Talay of Belarus clinched silver, while the bronze was awarded to Italy's Veronica Borzi.

  5. 1857: 
    Gold for Turkey's Yanit in women's 60m hurdles

    A high-pitched yelp of delight from Nevin Yanit before she drapes a giant Turkish flag over her shoulders. Yanit had a satisfactory start, and used her power to sprint ahead of her rivals. Her winning time was 7.89.

  6. 1855: 
    Silver medal- Men's 60m hurdles final

    Silver in the men's 60m hurdles final went to Paolo Dal Molin. The Italian crossing the line in 7.51, a national record. Well done, sir. France's Pascal Martinot Lagarde secured bronze (7.53).

  7. 1854:  
    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "He had to work hard for this victory, But I guess it's always about winning and he's done it. He knows he's beaten everybody in the world this year so when you line up in the final you always have to have that self confidence."

  8. 1852: 
    Russia's Shubenkov wins gold

    A late burst over the final two hurdles sees Russia's Sergey Shubenkov secure gold in the 60m hurdles in a world-leading time of 7:49.

  9. 1849: 
    Grabarz in trouble

    Joy for one Brit, possible despair for another. It will be a nervous wait for Robbie Grabarz after the Briton fails a hat-trick of chances to clear 2.28m. Only five high jumpers have, so far, cleared that height, so it could be the Olympic bronze medallist's lucky day.

  10. 1848: 

    Britain's Holly Bleasdale, who cleared 4.56m to reach the pole vault final: "I was really nervous coming into it. I handled it pretty well. I'm really happy. I couldn't have asked for much more."

  11. 1844: 
    Pentathlon gold to France's Nana Djimou

    France's Ida Antoinette Nana Djimou retains her title.

  12. 1842: 

    The starter fires his gun, which sets the women on her way in the 800m of the pentathlon. The medals will be decided among the first group of runners so the first gold medal of the championships will soon be awarded to one lucky winner. Hold tight.

  13. 1839: 

    Jonathan Edwards and Denise Lewis have been joined in the studio by retired Swedish heptathlete Carolina Kluft. The 2004 Olympic gold medallist informs viewers on BBC2 that she is studying international relations.

    "Hopefully the future will look good [for Sweden in athletics]," she says. "I think it's unfair to compare [with the past] because we might not have those unique years in Swedish athletics. They were crazy years. We just inspired each other, we were free from injuries. I'm just so happy and proud that I've been part of it."

  14. 1834: 

    We're nearing the conclusion of day one - but there are medals up for grabs before the athletes wave us goodbye. The men's 60m hurdles final gets under way at (18:45) and the women's 60m hurdles finals starts at 18:55. You've been told.

  15. 1828: 
    Holly Bleasdale

    It's all hunky dory for Robbie Grabarz in the high jump. The Olympic bronze medallist has cleared 2.23m with his first go. Not bad. In the women's pole vault, gold medal hopeful (have I mentioned enough times that she's a medal hope?) Holly Bleasdale sailed over 4.46m with her first attempt. The automatic qualification height in that event is 4.56m. Just in case you were wondering.

  16. 1822: 

    British teenager Laura Muir, who qualified for the final of the women's 1500m: "I'm so so happy. I knew it was going to be close. I don't think I've come top two in the heat before. I'm so happy I'm in the final. I've surprised myself. I'm so glad for this opportunity, to have a championship like this under my belt. It was so tactical. I'm learning so much."

  17. 1818: 
    Jenny Meadows

    Team GB captain Jenny Meadows was far from free-flowing on the track, but the defending champion was overall third fastest after the women's 800m heats. The semi-finals take place on Saturday (from 16:30GMT)

  18. 1812: 
    Muir through to women's 1500m final

    The 19-year-old attacks from the final bend, overtakes Yelena Soboleva, and huffs and puffs her way to the final in a personal best time of 4:12.36 Spain's Natalia Rodriguez was way ahead of the pack in first.

  19. 1809: 
    Women's 1500m heats

    Time to turn our attention to British youngster Laura Muir. She was born in 1993, which makes for pretty horrific reading if you were in secondary school, listening to Oasis around that time. Anyway, the darling of Dundee must finish in the top two if she is to gain automatic qualification to the final.

  20. 1800: 

    Michael Rimmer after failing to qualify for the semis of the men's 800m: "I felt pretty good. Obviously, getting used to hitting the bends quicker than you usually do [is difficult]. It's a steep learning curve. I'll have to go back to the drawing board."

  21. 1757: 
    Rimmer struggles in men's 800m

    Britain's Michael Rimmer, wearing a white t-shirt underneath his vest - perhaps the extra bulk slowed him down? - fails to finish in the top two automatic qualifying spots. The Brit crossed the line in third (1:51.04), behind Anis Ananenka (1:50.49) and Taras Bybyk (1:50.81). There's always the summer, I suppose.

    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport

    "Robbie is right up there, he's right in the mix. He's just so confident. Yes, he took off miles away. This is making sure he does get the clearance. He's stronger. He's carrying much more speed. He'll just have to work on his run up."

  23. 1755: 
    Men's high jump

    Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz, wearing snazzy yellow spikes, comfortably clears 2.18m in the men's high jump at his first attempt. The qualifying height is 2.31, so I'm told. Grabarz doesn't look pleased with his effort. He hops off the mat and gestures twoards his camp.

  24. 1748: 

    Joe Thomas after impressing in the men's 800m heats: "In the first round, it's good to just get to the front and control the race. I had a couple of attacks, I could see them coming, so I managed to cover them. I've been training really well. I had a bit of an illness leading up to British championships, but I've pulled through and I feel good."

  25. 1746: 
    Thomas saunters through to 800m semis

    Welshman Joe Thomas makes it all look effortless. Thomas, who looks like he should be accompanying Jake Bugg on the stage rather than performing on an athletics track, leads from the off to qualify in first spot in 1:51.11. "That was really impressive," says Steve Cram. Behind Thomas was Spain's Kevin Lopez (1:51.52).

  26. 1743: 
    Holly Bleasdale

    Good news for those of you chewing fingernails while waiting to hear of Holly Bleasdale's progress. The 21-year-old comfortably cleared 4.36m at the second attempt. Phew.

  27. 1742: 
    Men's 800m heats

    Britain's Mukhtar Mohammed after qualifying for the semi-finals: "It's not actually what I wanted. Today I ran his race [Sweden's Johan Rogestedt] because he had a good crowd behind him. I said to myself 'don't panic'. Today, I spoilt my race but I'm glad I go through. Indoor is very difficult. You've got a lot of pushing and shoving. You can't go in lane two because you waste a lot of energy."

  28. 1738: 
    Mohammed wins heat to reach semis

    Plenty of pushing and shoving that race. Steady boys. Mohammed looks comfortable in third and then overtakes Sweden's Johan Rogestedt in the final few steps to finish first in 1:49.43.

  29. 1735: 
    Men's 800m heats

    Hello there. I see a man in a British vest limbering up at the start line for the first round of the men's 800m. He goes by the name of Mukhtar Mohammed. No smiles for the Brit as he awaits the bang. The fastest two in each heat, plus the two fastest qualifiers, will progress to the semi-finals. Five heats in all so they've got to go for it.

  30. 1731: 
    Women's 60m hurdles semis

    Oof! A close finish in the second heat of the women's 60m hurdles, but Turkey's Nevin Yanit sneaks it by the tip of her nose in a national record of 7.94 seconds. Russia's Yuliya Kondakova won the first heat. "I'm looking forward to this," says Colin Jackson of the final. Aren't we all, Colin, aren't we all. The final, by the way, starts at 18:55GMT. Set your alarms. Let countdown commence.


    Jamie Reece: "Oh dear- did I just jinx Holly by claiming her a winner? Nervy starts are FINE. *definitely not panicking*"

  32. 1719: 
    Men's 60m hurdles semis

    There's no British interest in the men's 60m. Alas, gone are the days when Colin Jackson used to razzle-dazzle us over the barriers. Italy's Paolo dal Molin won the first heat with a personal best of 7.58 seconds, while Russia's Sergey Shubenkov (7.52) dipped ahead of the rest in the second heat. The final will be held at 18:45GMT this evening.

    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport

    "Sometimes, when you are waiting around you can get a little tired. Holly looks like she's not got much turnover. You look at the contact with the floor... She doesn't look sharp. I'm a bit nervous. I'm a bit concerned, but I expect her to do better at her next attempt."

  34. 1711: 

    British eyes will be on Holly Bleasdale, the fourth-best pole vaulter in history. She has just failed with her first attempt at 4.36m and is currently chatting with her coach. In case you didn't know, her vault of 4.77m is the best in Europe this year and the Preston lass sounded as if she was coping well with the tag of being favourite.

    "I've never had to handle the pressure of being one of the favourites before in a major championships," she said ahead of the championships. "I'm really excited to go out there in front of the crowd and do well for GB."

  35. 1708: 

    For those worrying that there is a severe lack of stardust in Gothenburg then worry not. The European Championships are where stars are born. It was 36 years ago, in San Sebastian, that a distance runner called Sebastian Coe announced himself on the big stage by winning his first international title at the European indoors. So there. Who needs Jess and Mo?

  36. 1659: 
    Women's 800m heats

    It was a good showing from Ireland's runners in the remaining two 800m heats. Ciara Everard was fastest in the second heat in a steady 2:04.33.

    "I held it all the way through," she said. "It's just about getting through the rounds. We've got one of the strongest teams we've ever had and that raises the atmosphere in the camp." Everard's countrywoman, Rose-Anne Galligan, was first in the final qualifier.

    Belarusian Marina Arzamasova, Czech Lenka Masna, Ukraine's Olha Lyakhovaya and Slovakia's Paula Habovstiakova were the other automatic qualifiers.

  37. 1656: 
    Dwain Chambers

    Dwain Chambers finished 17th after completing 60m in 6.78 seconds. It seemed a bit of a struggle for the Londoner and his exacerbation at the finishing line was understandable. Has the 34-year-old reached the end of the line?


    Jenny Meadows after qualifying for the semis of the women's 800m: "I think I'm better in a faster pace [race] so I'm really looking forward to the pace stepping up. I've been doing a lot of training on my own. It's really good to learn how to respond, people do bump into you. If I don't go off in a fast pace in the first 200m I lose the best bit about me."

    Captain Meadows through to semis

    The bell rings and Jenny Meadows is unable to push on, being overtaken by Nataliya Lupu of Ukraine who eventually finishes second. The 31-year-old does, though, qualify for the semi-finals of the 800m in third spot. Russia's Yelena Kotulsakaya was top of the pops in 2:02.35.

    Paula Radcliffe, Marathon world record holder

    "I have expectations and hopes. I really hope Jenny can come back and she can take that medal. I do think she's capable. There are a few things lacking but one thing that she doesn't lack is fight."

  41. 1638: 

    "My coach [and husband, Trevor Painter] always says you never know when you've run your last race and that was obviously true for me," said Meadows in the build-up. "I did think maybe I have run my last race. My dad used to always say you're only as good as your last race. There's lots of clichés in sport - you never appreciate something until it's gone. All those things have been true to me the last 12 months."

  42. 1636: 

    Next is the heats of the women's 800m and title holder Jenny Meadows sets off in the first heat. Team GB's captain has had a tough two years. Injury and self-doubt her major problems. Some of you may remember that Meadows finished second at the last European indoor championships in Paris two years ago but was awarded the gold when Yevgeniya Zinurova, who outsprinted her to the title, was found guilty of doping. The 31-year-old, shades on, is currently warming up on the track.

  43. 1628: 

    A jolly time was had by many in the morning session. Britain's Perri Shakes-Drayton - a medal hopeful in the women's 400m - was the fastest qualifier, winning her heat in 51.50 seconds to book a place in the semi-finals. Her team-mate Eilidh Child (52.05) also qualified, while Shana Cox reached the semis as one of the fastest losers. Shara Protor qualified for the long jump final with her first attempt and all three British men - Nigel Levine (46.68), Michael Bingham (46.92) and Richard Strachan (46.96)- advanced to the semi-finals of the men's 400m.

    Chambers out of men's 60m
    Dwain Chambers

    So, it's official. Dwain Chambers has failed to reach the 60m semi-finals as a fastest qualifier. That leaves two Britons in the line-up.

  45. 1619: 
    Brit Dasaolu makes semis

    An impressive opener for James Dasaolu (6.62) in the third heat of the men's 60m. The Briton even had enough time to glance across as he neared the finishing line. The race was, as expected, won my Italy's Michael Tumi (6.62). Aleksandr Brednev of Russia and home favourite Stefan Tarnhuvud grabbed the final two automatic spots.


    George Davidson: "Chambers did nothing in Birmingham two weeks ago (6.8?) to book his place on the plane. Time for a new era."

  47. 1614: 

    Chambers removes his vest, refuses to speak to track-side commentator Phil Jones and throws his vest in disgust as he disappears underground. A bad day at the office. That back problem perhaps continuing to trouble Chambers.

    Colin Jackson, BBC Sport athletics pundit

    "Dwain, unless he explodes out of the blocks, is always struggling. He had no drive phase and didn't get into his upright, springing style of running. He is really suffering."

    Denise Lewis, BBC Sport

    "Dwain does not like to perform like that, especially on this European stage. But he is clearly not in shape, and he looked very laboured. That was not the Dwain we know."

  50. 1610: 
    Chambers faces struggle to qualify

    Dwain Chambers is way off the pace from the bang and plods home in fifth place in 6.78 seconds. The Briton will have to rely on being one of the four fastest qualifiers. France's Jimmy Vicaut (6.55 seconds) finishes ahead of the rest and goes through, along with Norway's Jaysuma Saidy Ndure, Italy's Simone Collio and Sweden's Odain Rose.

  51. 1605: 
    Harry Aikines-Aryeetey qualifies

    Romania's Catalin Cimpeanu, running from the middle, looks comfortable as he crosses the line ahead of the pack in 6.64 in the first heat of the men's 60m. Germany's Julian Reus, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (6.65) and Emmanuel Biron (6.72) also go through.

  52. 1601:  
    BBC Two

    Dwain Chambers on BBC Two: "I've got to rely on my experience. I still have the ability but experience counts for a lot.

    "I've always tried to remain a step ahead of all the other guys in training, and I still love what I do. If I still have love and dedication and enthusiasm I can go on as long as I want to. Age ain't nothing but a number."

  53. 1600: 

    Dwain Chambers has won indoor medals for Britain in each of the past five years. But he is knocking on a bit. He's 34. His best time over the distance this year has been 6.58 seconds, that's a few steps behind leading contenders Michael Tumi and Jimmy Vicaut. For those not in the know, Italian Tumi is the 2011 European Under-23 silver medallist and is unbeaten in his three finals this season. Twenty-one-year old Vicaut has clocked 6.53 in each of his three races this year and is bidding to become the first Frenchman to win the title. What can you do, Mr Chambers?

    Steve Cram, BBC athletics commentator

    "Britain have always done well in the 60m, and we haven't failed to win a medal since 1987."

  55. 1558: 

    In the time it takes me to put a full stop at the end of this sentence, those men with the extraordinarily fast twitch muscle fibres will probably have completed 60m of the track. The British interests in the men's 60m heats are Harry Aikines-Aryeetey - who goes in the first heat at 17:00GMT, Dwain Chambers in the second (17:07GMT) and James Dasaolu (17:14 GMT).

  56. 1556: 

    Don't forget to send us your thoughts using the hashtag #bbcathletics or lob us a text on 81111. General chit chat, thoughts and musings most welcome. How many medals will Britain win and who will take gold? "Only fools make predictions," says Steve Cram. For once, don't listen to him. Would be nice to hear from you.

    Steve Cram, BBC athletics commentator in Gothenburg

    "UK Athletics will have targets, of course they do. Of course they want top do well. Peter Eriksson is right to say 'we want them to come here and perform to the best of their ability'."

  58. 1550: 

    It is, of course, a new era for British athletics with new coach Peter Eriksson making his debut championships in the role. It's a young British team - an average age of 22 - and Eriksson has so far impressed the athletes, apparently helping them with their bags at Gothenburg airport, which is nice of him really. "I try to help as much as I can," he said. "There's certain points you can't, that's when you have to say no. No is a no, right." Right.

  59. 1548: 
    Team GB alert

    Britain's captain Jenny Meadows will start the defence of her 800m title in a little over 30 minutes. Dwain Chambers and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey will be in action in the 60m, while Michael Rimmer steps onto the cobalt blue track in the 800m. Gold medal hopefuls Holly Bleasdale and Robbie Grabarz will be flying into orbit as they attempt to qualify for the pole vault and high jump finals respectively.

  60. 1543: 

    So, I suppose you want to know how the session will unfold. Okay, here goes: Men's 60m Round 1 (16:00-16:28GMT); Women's pole vault Qualification (16:15); Women's 800m Round 1 (16:40-16:52); Men's 60m hurdles Semi-final (17:05-17:12); Women's 60m hurdles Semi-final (17:20-17:27); Men's 800m Round 1 (17:35-1753); Women's triple jump Qualification (17:40); Women's 1500m Round 1 (18:05-18:21)

    There are shiny gold medals to be won, too, in the men's shot put (from 17:45), men's 60m hurdles (18:45) and the women's 60m hurdles (18:55).

  61. 1539: 

    If it comes as a surprise to read that there will be live text commentary of events in Gothenburg until the very last athlete has dipped over the line then, well, I'm not quite sure what to say. Jonathan Edwards and his band of merry pundits will also be your companions throughout the weekend - starting on BBC2 at 15:40GMT today, while on Sunday BBC Radio 5 live sports extra will also bring you live coverage from Sweden. Radio, TV, online. Ace.

  62. 1538: 

    Hello! Welcome to live text coverage of the European indoor championships. What will life be like after London? How bad is the Olympic hangover? We will find out over the next three days in Gothenburg. High jumper Robbie Grabarz is the only Olympic medallist competing in his own event, but there are plenty of athletes to keep an eye out for. Make yourself comfortable and let me tell you all about them. Or a little bit about them..

  63. 1530: 

    Just when you thought it was safe to put the ticker-tape back in the attic. Six months after the last remnants of bunting were removed from the Olympic Stadium, Great Britain's athletes are back on the track in their red, white and blue vests for the first international competition since those glorious summer days. On your marks... let's get set to, once again, start manically waving those flags.

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