Birmingham 2007 European indoor championships


The most recent information about the European Athletics Indoor Championships will appear here. For previous stories please visit our news archive.
Please check back regularly for new information

Birmingham?s International Visitors Enjoy Canal Runs

Journalists, spectators and officials visiting Birmingham for the European
Athletics Indoor Championships enjoyed early morning canal runs thanks to the Local Organising Committee and Marketing Birmingham.

Canal Runs - Full Story

Euro Indoors a winner for young officials

Three Birmingham teenagers were back at their studies today after spending the weekend working at the European Indoor Championships ? and starting a trend that UK Athletics will spread throughout the country

Young Officials - Full Story

Birmingham Receives Highest Possible Praise for European Indoor Event

Praise has been pouring in for Birmingham following its successful staging of the European Athletics Indoor Championships. The event, which was the biggest sporting championship to be staged in the city for nearly four years was held at the city?s NIA last weekend and nearly 600 athletes from 45 countries took part.

Highest Praise - Full Story

Wirz declares Birmingham the ?Best Ever Indoor Championships?

The President of European Athletics, Hansjörg Wirz, has declared the organisation of the weekend?s 29th European Athletics Indoor Championships in Birmingham as the best ever!

Best Ever - Full Story

Brits top table as Championships draw to a close

The European Indoor Athletics Championships in Birmingham have drawn to a close after three days of thrilling action at the National Indoor Arena, enjoyed by a combined total of 18,000 spectators.

Brits top table - Full Story

Britain wins it in high drama

Drama is always guaranteed in the relays and the men?s 4x400m was no exception. Germany crossed the line first but were disqualified after a Russian protest following Swilliam?s clash with Artem Sergeyenkov on the final lap. As the Russian buckled, Swillims swept past with Britain?s Steve Green hot in pursuit while the luckless Russian somehow pulled himself together to get the bronze.

Britain wins it in high drama - Full Story

Volunteers praised as Championships close

The closing ceremony of the 2007 European Indoor Athletics Championships was a celebration of every aspect of the championships. In a ceremony featuring dancing, skating, poetry and parades, everyone involved in hosting a successful championships was acknowledged.

Volunteers praised as Championships close - Full Story

Day 3: Field events highlights

The final day of the Championships saw four more gold medals handed out in the field events. Italian Assunta Legnante (Italy) was the first medal winner of Day Three, throwing 18.92m with her third round effort to win the women?s shot put.

Field event highlights - Full Story

Day 3: Other highlights from the track

There was plenty of other track action on the last day of the Championships, including double outdoor sprint champion and defending indoor champion, Kim Gevaert (BEL) who confirmed the predictions with a win in the 60m in 7.12 for a national record. It was her third indoor European gold medal.

Other track highlights - Full Story

Gardener storms to fourth victory

Britain?s Jason Gardener stormed to his fourth European Indoor 60m title at Birmingham?s NIA. The Bath Bullet shot out of his blocks and led from the gun, winning in a time of 6.51s.

Gardener storms to victory - Full Story

Bronze for Britain?s Bernard in High Jump

Britain?s Martyn Bernard took bronze in the men?s high jump on Day Three of the European Indoor Athletics Championships. Bernard?s third attempt clearance at 2.29m was enough to land him third spot, behind Olympic champion Stefan Holm and his compatriot, Linus Thornblad.

Bronze for Bernard - Full Story

Roman?s Empire Remains Strong

Roman Sebrle secured a hat-trick of titles but he needed to draw upon all his competitive instincts in the 1000m to overcome the resilient challenge of Aleksandr Pogorelov in a thrilling competition.

Roman's Empire - Full Story

Cherie Blair helps kids have a Sure Start

Cherie Blair took time out from enjoying the Championships to meet a group of young local children as part of the regional Sure Start programme. The children from King George V Primary School in West Bromwich enthusiastically took part in a range of running, jumping and balance exercises, cheered on by Cherie, parents and teachers.

Cherie Blair - Full Story

Local artist designs outfits for medal bearers

Minesh Chavda designed the outfitsLocal artist, Minesh Chavda has designed the outfits for the medal bearers at the European Athletics Indoor Championships taking place in Birmingham this weekend. The two male and five female medal bearers will be decked out in outfits reflecting the colours of the medals - gold, silver and bronze ? and using shapes influenced by athletics arenas such as the curves of the race track and circular forms of the medals.

Medal Bearer Outfit Designs - Full Story


Sanders storms to brilliant victory

Nicola Sanders thrilled the Birmingham crowd in the NIA this afternoon, with a fantastic run to claim gold in the 400m. The 24-year-old, running in lane six, led from the start and finished in 50.02 seconds, almost a second ahead of second placed Ilona Usovich of Belarus.

Sanders Storms to Victory - Full Story

Day 2: Field events round-up

Belgium?s Tia Hellebaut leapt to an emphatic victory in the women?s high jump, to win the first gold medal of Day Two at the European Athletics Indoor Championships.

Field Events Round Up - Full Story

Gardener and Pickering the best of the rest

The afternoon session on day 2 of the Championships featured a number of semi-finals, along with the continuation of the men?s heptathlon. The highlight for the home crowd was the sight of Jason Gardener and Craig Pickering qualifying one and two for tomorrow?s final of the men?s 60m.

Best of the Rest - Full Story

One-two for Great Britain in the Men?s Triple Jump

Phillips Idowu took gold ahead of Nathan Douglas in a scintillating men?s triple jump competition at Birmingham?s NIA.

Triple Jump Review - Full Story

Impressive performance from ?On Camp With Kelly? Runners

In a break from the Championship action, the crowd at Birmingham ?s National Indoor Arena have been treated to a specially arranged race featuring runners from Dame Kelly Holmes? ?On Camp With Kelly? initiative.

'On Camp With Kelly' Race - Full Story

British athletes have had a good morning on day two of the Championships

Martyn BernardDefending 60m Champion Jason Gardener progressed through to this afternoon?s semi-finals with an impressive win in his heat. Gardener crossed the line in 6.59 seconds, whilst his training partner Craig Pickering also won his heat in 6.61 seconds. Fellow Brit Ryan Scott followed France?s Ronald Pognan home to join his compatriot?s in the next round, scheduled for 1520 GMT this afternoon.

Day 2 morning review - Full Story


Entertainment continues at Brindleyplace

Bely dancers entertained the crowdBrindleyplace, next to the NIA, is the place to be for additional entertainment during the European Indoor Athletics Championships. Saturday morning saw The University of Birmingham?s cheerleading squad take to the stage, with a fantastic display of athleticism.

Entertainment continues - Full Story


Where Birmingham Leads??The World Follows

Councillor Whitby with the Korean delegationOfficials from the South Korean city of Daegu joined thousands of spectators at the European Athletics Indoor Championships this weekend to witness Birmingham?s staging of the event at first-hand and see what lessons could be learnt as they themselves bid for the 2011 outdoor world championships.

Korean Delegation - Full Story


Historic medals go on display

Medals displayA remarkable exhibition of nearly 100 years worth of locally produced sporting memorabilia has gone on public display at a Birmingham hotel today, to coincide with the 29th European Athletics Indoor Championships at the nearby NIA.

Historic medals - Full Story


Kluft takes gold in the pentathlon - Sotherton wins first medal for Britain

Sotherton and KluftBritish pair Kelly Sotherton and Jessica Ennis both led at different points of the women?s pentathlon at the European Indoor Athletics Championships, but Olympic heptathlon champion Carolina Kluft was top of the pile when it mattered most to claim gold after a thrilling day?s competition.

Kluft takes gold - Full Story


First medals won at European Athletics Indoor Championships

Defending champion Susanna Kallur stormed to victory in the final of the 60m hurdles. The Swede recovered from a poor start to take the title in 7.86 seconds. ?It's really great and I can't believe it after that bad start,? Kallur said. ?It shows I'm in good shape that I was able to get up to win.?

First medals won - Full Story

Day One: News from heats and qualification

There was plenty of action on Day One of the European Athletic Indoor Championships in Birmingham?s NIA. In addition to four people being crowned European Indoor Champion, there were a number of heats and qualification rounds.

Day one news - Full Story


The Bulletin

The organising committee has produced their second bulletin for the European Athletics Indoor Championships. Please download this pdf to find out more about the event.

The Bulletin


  © BCC 2006