Russians excel on track to lead team event

Stockholm: Holders Russia are in pole position after a solid performance on the track at the European Team Athletics Championships on Saturday.

Victories in the men`s 400 metres and long jump plus the women`s 800, 3,000 and 3,000 steeplechase helped the Russians reach 213 points after the first day of the two-day event.

Germany are in second place on 183.5 ahead of Britain and the Ukraine. France`s Christophe Lemaitre clocked a championship record time of 9.95 seconds in winning the 100 to help lift France into fifth place in the 12-team competition.

Hosts Sweden will be determined to improve their performance after a forgettable first day left them bottom of the table.

Only long jumper Michel Torneus gave the home fans something to cheer when he came second to Russia`s Alexsandr Menkov.

His leap of 8.19 metres was just one centimetre less than Menkov`s championship record jump.

Bureau Report

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