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Athletics: Germany crowned European Team Champions

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Germany consolidated their overnight lead throughout the third day in the top flight of the European Athletics Team Championships and were crowned as the continental champions for the third occasion, following on from their successes in 2009 and 2014, on Sunday (25).

The Germans, with seven individual event victories to their name over the three days, finished with 321.5 points in Lille Métropole. 

Poland achieved their highest ever position in second place with 295 while hosts France just edged out Great Britain by one point, 270 to 269 respectively.

At the other end of the Super League, Belarus and the Netherlands will be relegated to the First Division in 2019 – the European Athletics Team Championships do not take place in years that coincide with the European Athletics Championships – along with Russia, who did not compete in Lille Métropole owing to their current international ban.

In Vaasa, at the First League, Sweden won with 320.5 while fellow Scandinavians and hosts Finland were second with 314.5, both teams securing a return to the world’s premier team competition between nations.

They were joined by Switzerland, who will compete in the Super League in two years´ time for the first time ever, who put together a total of 305.5 points and beat Turkey to the final promotion place by just 3.5 points.

Estonia, Bulgaria and Denmark were the three teams that had the misfortune to be relegated from the First League.

Hungary dominated the Second League in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv and won with 372.5 points while, in second and third place respectively, Slovakia had 306.5 and Lithuania 298.5 to secure the remaining two promotion positions.

At the other end of the Second League, Iceland and Moldova were relegated.

Luxembourg won the Third League in the Maltese town of Marsa with 317 points and will be in the Second League in 2019 for the first time.

They will be joined by Bosnia & Herzegovina who finished second with 266 points and just edged out Georgia and hosts Malta for the other promotion place.