— Published 10 August 2022

Munich 2022 will be full of champions

Six days before the opening of the event, the European Athletics Association (EAA) published on Tuesday 9 August the final list of participants for the 2022 European Championships (15 to 21 August), which this year are integrated with the European multisport championships in Munich (11 to 21 August). There are few notable absentees. No fewer than 31 reigning European champions in the individual events, who were crowned in Berlin in 2018, will be present in the Bavarian capital. Among them is Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic, who will be aiming to make history with a sixth consecutive title in the discus throw. All 10 European gold medallists from last month’s World Outdoor Championships in Eugene are competing at the European Championships, but not necessarily in the event where they won the world title in Oregon. World 1500m champion Jake Wightman of Great Britain chose to compete in the 800m. The world gold medallist in the 35 km walk, Massimo Stano from Italy, will start in the 20 km. Another curiosity: the presence on the entry lists of four athletes who were present twenty years earlier at the 2002 European championships in Munich. The quartet of veterans is made up of the Czech Barbora Spotakova, world record holder in the javelin, the French Melina Robert-Michon, silver medallist in the discus at the Rio 2016 Games, and the Portuguese walkers Joao Vieira and Ines Henriques. At the other end of the age scale, the youngest athlete at Munich 2022 is 15-year-old Hungarian Sarolta Kriszt, a member of the 4x400m relay.