European Athletics Championships 2014 on BBC & Eurosport


The continent’s finest athletes assemble in Zurich for the 2014 European Athletics Championships and you can follow all the action across the event live on BBC Sport and British Eurosport.

Switzerland’s largest city will be hosting the 22nd edition of European Athletics’ flagship event, with the first having been held 80 years ago in Turin, and the city of Zurich will welcome some of the biggest names in athletics for the six-day track and field meet at the Letzigrund Stadium.

A legendary athletics venue in its own right, with as many 25 world records having been set inside the stadium during its illustrious history, Letzigrund was rebuilt in 2007 with the crown of 31 light posts which surround the entire 25,000-seater stadium becoming its landmark feature.

The venue will hold yet another chapter in the history of athletics this week as Europe’s elite gather for the biggest major championship on the continent in 2014.

Four years ago in Barcelona, the Great Brtain squad came away with 19 medals, including six golds, and hopes will be high for a similar medal haul this time around.

The British team was smaller for the last European Athletics Championships two years ago in Helsinki, the first time the event had been held in an Olympic year having moved to a new two-year cycle, having previously been held every four years.

Despite London 2012 being in the forefront of most athletes minds at the time, Team GB still came away with a total of seven medals, including four golds, with Mo Farah, Robbie Grabarz and Rhy Williams all becoming European champions, while Lynsey Sharp was later awarded her medal in the 800m after the original winner was disqualified for a doping violation.

Team GB’s 70-strong team for the championships includes world and Olympic champion Farah, who will be competing in the 5,000m and 10,000m, having missed out on the recent Commonwealth Games in Glasgow due to injury.

In the 5,000m event, Farah has the chance to claim his third successive title, an achievement matched in men’s track events only by Soviet athlete Valeriy Borzov and Britain’s Linford Christie.

James Dasaolu, Britain’s second-fastest sprinter of all time, lines up in the 100m alongside veteran Dwain Chambers and Harry Aikines-Aryeetey, while other British track medal hopes include reigning world 400m champion Christine Ohuruogu.

Greg Rutherford will be amongst the favourites in the men’s long jump competition after an impressive season to date, having won the recent Commonwealth Games title at Hampden Park.

Javelin thrower Goldie Sayers has been announced as Great Britain’s team captain for the championships and will be looking to improve on her showing at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games when she finished outside of the medals.

Sayers, who competed for the GB junior team as far back as 1998, just two days after her sixteenth birthday, has recently returned from a career-threatening elbow injury and she will be looking to add a European medal to the 11 national titles she has won during her long career so far.

Absent from the British team in Zurich will be rising star Katarina Johnson-Thompson, who has not recovered sufficiently from the foot injury that forced her Commonwealth Games withdrawal.

Phillips Idowu has also withdrawn following his Glasgow 2014 appearance, with a view to getting back into training and rediscovering his best form, while Shara Proctor, who pulled out of the Glasgow long jump competition with injury, will not travel to Zurich either.

Seb Rodger replaces Dai Greene in the men’s 400m hurdles after the former world champion, who was originally selected subject to achieving the qualifying standard, did not achieve the standard at the Commonwealth Games.

The British squad will go head-to-head with Europe’s finest for glory at the 22nd European Athletics Championships in Zurich and you can watch all the action unfold throughout the week on BBC Sport and British Eurosport.


BBC Sport has comprehensive TV coverage of the 2014 European Athletics Championships from Zurich in Switzerland.

Home to more than 40 hours of action throughout the week, BBC Two will broadcast every track and field session from the event live from Tuesday, August 12, to Sunday, August 17, with afternoon coverage on BBC One on Saturday.

Gabby Logan will host all the daytime and evening session action from inside the Letzigrund Stadium, while Jonathan Edwards presides over each of the morning sessions over the course of the championships.

Steve Cram and Andrew Cotter will lead the commentary team for the track action with analysis and expert comment come from Colin Jackson, Denise Lewis and Paula Radcliffe, Steve Backley keeps an eye on the field events, while Phil Jones conducts the pre and post event interviews with the British athletes and other star names.

BBC Radio 5 live will have live coverage on Wednesday and Thursday from 7.00pm on both nights, plus commentaries on key races and events on other days.

All TV and radio coverage will be available to watch/listen online via the BBC Sport website and app, as well as via the BBC iPlayer for seven days following each day’s events.

The website is available via desktop, mobile, tablet and app, giving fast and easy access to the live stream, text commentaries, news, reports, schedules, videos as well as highlights of day’s action.

Viewers with Connected TVs will be able to access BBC online content for the latest news, videos, interviews and highlights from the Championships.


British Eurosport will also broadcast extensive live coverage of the European Athletics Championships from Zurich.

The pan-European channel will be screening live action from every session throughout the week from Tuesday to Saturday, offering more track and field action.

Eurosport’s on-site coverage at the Letzigrund Stadium will be presented by Sebastian Tiffert, with expert analysis provided by former 100m world record holder Maurice Greene.

They will then hand over to the British Eurosport commentary team, led by former European Championship 5,000m medallist Tim Hutchings, Martin Gillingham and Chris Dennis.

Live online streaming of British Eurosport’s coverage can be accessed via Eurosport Player (subscription required), plus there will also be comprehensive coverage via the British Eurosport athletics website with up-to-date reports, blogs, interviews and videos.




Tuesday 12th August
LIVE: 9.00am-1.00pm  BBC Two  /  9.00am-1.00pm  British Eurosport

The men’s 400m hurdles heats are one of the first races on the track at Zurich’s Letzigrund Stadium with Great Britain’s Dai Greene, the 2010 champion, among those in action.

Asha Philip leads the British charge in the heats of the women’s 100m. Martyn Rooney, bronze medallist in the men’s 400m four years ago, is again in the British squad, while the men’s decathlon also begins.


LIVE: 4.45pm-8.30pm  BBC Two  /  4.00pm-8.15pm  British Eurosport

The heats of the men’s 100m get underway, an event featuring five-time British champion Dwain Chambers, Harry Aikines-Aryeetey and 2013 World Championship finalist James Dasaolu.

Tiffany Porter heads the British charge as the women’s 100m hurdles begin, while Michael Rimmer will be among the starters in the men’s 800m heats.

The first two medals of the championships will also be decided with the men’s shot-put title the first on offer, Germany’s David Storl and Russia’s Aleksandr Lesnoy are the favourites to be crowned the first European champion in Zurich. The women’s 10,000m final is the other title up for grabs.

Wednesday 13th August
LIVE: 9.00am-12.00pm  BBC Two  /  8.15am-4.00pm  British Eurosport

Defending women’s 800m champion Lynsey Sharp leads the British charge on a busy morning.

In-form William Sharman lines up in the men’s 110m hurdles and Eilidh Child in action in the women’s 400m hurdles, while the men’s 20km walk final also takes place.


LIVE: 4.45pm-9.00pm  BBC Two  /  4.45pm-9.05pm  British Eurosport

Seven new European champions will be crowned before the second day draws to a close and amongst the titles on offer are the blue-ribbon events of the men’s and women’s 100m.

Frenchman Christophe Lemaitre has claimed the crown in each of the last two Championships, but who will be Europe’s fastest man of 2014?

Britain’s Tiffany Porter has been one of the form athletes of the 2014 season in the women’s 100m hurdles and will be targeting her first European medal.

The women’s long jump title as well as the men’s 10,000m, which will feature the return of Britain’s Mo Farah to the track, plus discus and gruelling decathlon gold medals will also be decided.

Thursday 14th August
LIVE: 9.00am-11.45am  BBC Two  /  8.00am-12.30pm  British Eurosport

The heats of the women’s and men’s 200m take centre stage on the third morning in Zurich with twenty-year-old British sensation Jodie Williams hoping to enhance her blossoming reputation against Europe’s elite over the longer sprint distance.

Danny Talbot edged out Adam Gemili to take the British 200m crown in June; both men are seen as genuine medal contenders.

Elsewhere, young starlet Emelia Gorecka is part of the British trio in the women’s 5,000m, the heptathlon begins and the women’s 20km final also takes place.


LIVE: 5.00pm-9.00pm  BBC Two  /  4.15pm-9.15pm  British Eurosport

Another busy evening’s athletics as Zurich crowns five more European champions and the men’s 110m hurdles final has a long tradition of British triumphs.

Colin Jackson and Andy Turner have both tasted European glory in the event in the recent past, but can Will Sharman, an athlete in the form of his life having set a new PB earlier this year, enjoy similar success?

The men’s triple jump and 3,000m steeplechase, women’s pole vault and javelin titles are the other medals to be decided.

Friday 15th August
LIVE: 9.00am-11.45am  BBC Two  /  8.00am-12.00pm  British Eurosport

The men’s 5,000m, an event Mo Farah has won in each of the last two European Championships, is one of the highlights of the morning session.

Britain’s Charlie Grice lines up in the heats of the men’s 1,500m, an event also featuring rising German star Homiyu Tesfaye.


LIVE: 5.30pm-9.00pm  BBC Two  /  4.45pm-9.15pm  British Eurosport

Ten medals will be won on a busy evening of athletics in Zurich’s Letzigrund Stadium, among them both the men’s and women’s 200m and 400m.

The men’s 400m final is the first race on the track and the one-lap event rarely fails to deliver in excitement.

Christine Ohuruogu, Britain’s 400m world champion and former Olympic champion, has surprisingly never won a European Championship medal.

Among the other gold medals on offer are those in the men’s 800m and 400m hurdles, as well as the women’s 1,500m and heptathlon.

Saturday 16th August
LIVE: 7.45am-10.45am  BBC Two  /  7.45am-10.45am  British Eurosport

Full coverage of the Women’s Marathon as the European Athletics Championship in Zurich enters its penultimate day.


LIVE: 2.00pm-4.30pm  BBC One  /  1.45pm-5.00pm  British Eurosport
LIVE: 4.30pm-5.15pm  BBC Two

The penultimate night of the 21st European Championship is ladies’ night in Zurich, with the Women’s 400m hurdles, 5000m and Triple Jump title among the titles on offer.

There’s also the Women’s 800m final, an event in which Britain’s Lynsey Sharp is the defending champion, while both the Men’s and Women’s 100m and 400m relay heats begin.

Sunday 17th August
LIVE: 7.45am-10.30am  BBC Two  /  7.45am-10.30am  British Eurosport

Full coverage of the Men’s Marathon as the European Athletics Championship in Zurich enters its final day.


LIVE: 1.50pm-4.50pm  BBC Two  /  1.45pm-4.45pm  British Eurosport

The final 11 gold medals of the 21st European Championship will be won in the last session of action in Zurich.

Highlights include the Men’s 1500m, the 400m Relay Finals and the Men’s 5000m, a race won in successive European Championships by Mo Farah.

The Men’s Long Jump and traditional crowd-pleasing event of the Men’s Javelin are among the field events taking place, while the finals of both the Women’s and the Men’s 100m relays bring the curtain down on the championships.



One Comment

  1. Please can we be spared British athletes of both track and field being interviewed both before and after successfully and unsuccessfully completing their events. No more of Phil Jones and his inane questions. Please also stop making feeble excuses for our athletes when they perform badly. Nobody wants athletics to become an obscene circus like football. One positive comment: Steve Backley really knows about field events and is a really excellent addition to the commentary team.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *