What a year it’s been from athletics.
Following the success of the World Athletics Championships and the Commonwealth Games, a third showcase event is about to begin as the European Athletics Championships take place in Munich, Germany from 15 to 21 August.
The best and the brightest athletes in Europe will compete for the continent’s highest honours as part of the wider multi-sport European Championships Munich 2022.
A total of 1,540 athletes are scheduled to take part in the championships hailing from 48 countries across the European continent. Among them are 31 reigning European champions and 10 gold medallists from the recent World Championships in Oregon.
Stars to watch at the European Athletics Championships Munich 2022
On the men’s side, Sweden’s Armand ‘Mondo’ Duplantis will be favourite for another title in the pole vault, having recently won the gold medal and set a new world record at the World Athletics Championships. The 22-year-old is the reigning indoor and outdoor European champion and his recent world record in Oregon saw him sail to victory with a jump of 6.21m. Will he raise the bar once again in Munich?
In the middle distance categories, two men's World Champions will compete in Munich, with Great Britain’s surprise 1500m winner Jake Wightman going in the shorter 800m distance and Norway’s Olympic 1500 gold medallist Jakob Ingebrigtsen running in both the 1500 and the 5000m, the distance in which he won the world title in July.
Ingebrigtsen’s compatriot Karsten Warholm will be hoping he has overcome his recent injury woes as he lines up in a 400m hurdles event in which he is the world record holder. The reigning Olympic champion could only finish seventh at this year’s Worlds but the extra time to recover may see him push for gold in Germany.
Olympic gold medallist Gianmarco Tamberi of Italy will be among the favourites in the high jump competition, a year after he provided one of the moments of the Tokyo 2020 Games when he shared gold with his friend Mutaz Barshim of Qatar. The crowd will also be eager to see whether Italy's Olympic 100m champion Marcell Jacobs will be back to his best after an injury-blighted season saw him pull out early at the Worlds.
Also watch out for another epic battle between Kristjan Čeh and Daniel Stahl in the men’s discus throw, as the Slovenian and Swede go head to head following Čeh’s recent victory in Eugene and Stahl’s win at last year’s Olympics.
On the women’s side, home favourite Malaika Mihambo is sure to be one of the stars of the tournament, as she looks to add to the long jump Olympic title she won last year and the world titles she won in 2019 and last month.
Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith will also be aiming for the top spot on the podium in the 200m, having come home with silver in a stacked field at the 2022 World Champs.
Britain will bring a strong contingent of female track athletes to these championships, including Olympic and world 800m silver medallist Keely Hodgkinson, Olympic 1500m silver medallist Laura Muir, and recent Commonwealth Games 10,000m champion Eilish McColgan. All three have a realistic chance of adding to their medal collections when the action gets underway in Munich.
In the discus, Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic has the chance to win an astonishing sixth European crown in the discus throw, with her first coming 12 years ago at Barcelona 2010.
Also keep a close eye on Belgium’s back-to-back Olympic heptathlon champion Nafi Thiam who will look to defend the European Championships gold she won in 2018.
Other star athletes to watch include the Netherlands’ 400m hurdles sensation Femke Bol, who recently won silver at the World Athletics Championships and is also down to race the 400m flat in Munich, and Ukraine’s Olympic bronze medallist Yaroslava Mahuchikh in the high jump.
European Athletics Championships Munich 2022: Schedule (all finals)
All times CET
Day 1 - Monday 15 August
10:30: Marathon women's final
11:30: Marathon men's final
20:38: Shot put women's final
20:58: Shot put men's final
21:48: 10,000m women's final
Day 2 - Tuesday 16 August
08:30: Women's 35km race walk final
08:30: Men's 35km race walk final
20:27: Men's long jump final
21:02: Women's discus throw final
21:08: Men's 5000m final
21:35: Men's 1500m decathlon final
22:15: Men's 100m final
22:25: Women's 100m final
Day 3 - Wednesday 17 August
20:00: Women's pole vault final
20:15: Men's triple jump final
21:05: Women's hammer throw final
21:43: Men's 400m final
22:02: Women's 400m final
22:22: Men's 110m hurdles final
Day 4: Thursday 18 August
20:05: Men's high jump final
20:10: Men's hammer throw final
20:58: Women's long jump final
21:05: Men's 1500m final
21:25: Women's 5000m final
21:55: Women's 800m heptathlon final
Day 5 - Friday 19 August
20:20: Men's discus throw final
20:45: Women's 1500m final
20:55: Women's triple jump final
21:00: Men's 3000m steeplechase final
21:20: Men's 200m final
21:45: Women's 400m hurdles final
22:00: Men's 400m hurdles final
22:22: Women's 200m final
Day 6 - Saturday 20 August
08:30: Men's 20km race walk final
10:15: Women's 20km racewalk final
20:05: Men's pole vault final
20:15: Women's 800m final
20:25: Women's javelin throw final
21:15: Men's 4x400m relay final
21:45: Women's 4x400m relay final
22:13: Women's 3000m steeplechase final
Day 7 - Sunday 21 August
19:05: Women's high jump final
19:40: Men's 800m final
19:50: Men's javelin throw final
20:00: Men's 10,000m final
20:45: Women's 100m hurdles final
21:12 Men's 4x100m relay final
21:22: Women's 4x100m relay final
How to watch the European Championships Munich 2022
For a detailed full schedule of the event, check out the official website here. Please note the schedule is subject to change.
The event will be available for television broadcast and livestream coverage in various regions. Further streaming details can be found on the Munich 2022 app.
You can also follow all the action via our social media and on Olympics.com.