It is now just 50 Days to Go to the inaugural European Championships (2 – 12 August) and to mark this special occasion the medals have been unveiled. These will be presented for the seven sports in Glasgow and Berlin.
At any major championship, the medals awarded are a powerful symbol of the sporting excellence achieved by each athlete. They will be worn with pride, not only when presented on the podium at the Championships but when athletes travel back to their communities across the continent and share their success with other young people, inspiring them to follow in their footsteps.
Member broadcasters in over 40 territories will be bringing the magic of the Championships to audiences, ensuring that the remarkable performances of the athletes, and the awarding of medals, will be seen by millions of fans across Europe and Worldwide.
Reigning Triathlon European Champion Jess Learmonth, who has just been announced as the official Glasgow 2018 Triathlon Ambassador, ran into the city’s famous George Square this afternoon to deliver the medals for their first public appearance.
She was joined for this special event by two-time reigning European 400m champion Martyn Rooney, representing athletics which will be staged in Berlin, and Marc Austin, who won Team Scotland’s first medal of the Commonwealth Games at Gold Coast 2018 in the men’s Triathlon.
Jess and Marc hope to be two of more than 3,000 athletes who will be competing across six sports in Scotland from 2-12 August 2018, whilst Martyn has his sights set on defending his title as one of 1,500 athletes in action in Berlin. The Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships will take place from 7-12 August.
There will be a total of 188 medal events held across the 11 days of competition in Scotland and Berlin (50 Athletics, 72 Aquatics, 30 Cycling, 3 Golf, 12 Gymnastics, 18 Rowing, 3 Triathlon).
The unique, beautifully crafted medals have been specially designed for this inaugural multi-sport event, as the unifying element for the seven individual European Sports Federations and will be a lasting legacy of the event’s first edition.
The medal design is bold and dynamic with a contemporary triangular prism form inspired by the European Championships emblem. The front features a stylish 3D interpretation of the Championships brand whilst the rear displays the participating sports federation logo along with event specific data in a clever facetted design. Each medal is hung from a ribbon featuring a striking crystal design that builds to a full spectrum of rainbow colours that capture the spirit of this multi-sport event.