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Published: 12:04, August 16, 2022
Can pips McColgan to win 10,000m gold at Europeans
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Published:12:04, August 16, 2022 By Reuters

Yasemin Can, of Türkiye, celebrates after winning the gold medal in the women's 10,000 meters during the athletics competition in the Olympic Stadium at the European Championships in Munich, Germany, Aug 15, 2022. (MATTHIAS SCHRADER / AP)

MUNICH, Germany - Türkiye's Yasemin Can beat Britain's Eilish McColgan to win the women's 10,000 meters gold at the European Athletics Championships on Monday, denying the Commonwealth Games champion a second victory this month.

McColgan looked well set for a podium finish when she took the lead early in the race as she battled with Can but the Turkish runner pulled away after the 7,000 meters mark.

Can was too fast for McColgan and won in 30 minutes 32.57 seconds — nearly nine seconds ahead of the Scot. Israel's Lonah Chemtai Salpeter finished third

Can was too fast for McColgan and won in 30 minutes 32.57 seconds — nearly nine seconds ahead of the Scot. Israel's Lonah Chemtai Salpeter finished third.

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McColgan had followed in her mother's footsteps by winning the Commonwealth Games 10,000m title barely two weeks ago. She had also won the silver in the 5,000 meters in Birmingham, England.  

Earlier on Monday, Germany's Richard Ringer stormed to marathon gold with a late sprint to the finish, beating Israel's Maru Teferi on the final stretch and collapsing in disbelief at the line before getting to his feet to celebrate his victory.

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Roared on by the home fans, Ringer crossed the line with a season's best time of two hours 10 minutes and 21 seconds — two seconds ahead of Teferi — while Israel's Gashau Ayale completed the podium places, finishing a further six seconds behind.


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