• Ruth Beitia bags another European gold as Latvia's Sirmais takes men's Javelin

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 At age of 37 Spanish high jump star Ruth Beitia won her third straight European Outdoor Championships gold in Netherlands capital on Thursday July 7.

Defending champion Beitia cleared 1.98m a new season's best  and world #3 for the win. Lithuania's Airine Palsyte and Bulgaria's Mirela Demireva shared silver as they both cleared 1.96m.

In the men's Javelin throw final, 24-year-old  Zigismunds Sirmais of Latvia, who set world Junior Record of 84.69m in 2011,  prevailed in the men's javelin final with a new personal best throw of 86.66m in round 5 over 2013 world champion Vitezslav Vesely of Czech republic who managed 83.59 in round 3 to take silver. Defending champion Antti Ruuskanen, who surprised with 88.23m throw in qualification rounds on Wednesday took bronze with a throw of 82.44m.

Meanwhile world season leader Thomas Rohler of Germany finished in disappointing 5th place with a throw of 80.78m.

Olympic and World Champion Greg Rutherford successfully defended his European long jump title with a leap of 8.25m becoming the first man in 54 years to retain European long jump title.



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