Muriel Hurtis about to become the big sprint star
The French athlete has one option - the option also to run the 100 meters. Her federation put Muriel on the 100 meters list although she had announced at the European Cup in Annecy to concentrate only on the 200 meters and the relay. Serious thoughts? The idea is quite seducing because by winning three titles the new European top sprinter could become the star of the European Championships and follow the path of her compatriote Christine Arron.
If not Hurtis who could win the 200 meters?
The clear favourite for the 200 meter race is the tall French athlete being Europe´s fastest sprinter with 22.51 seconds this year. Only Austrian Karin Mayr (22.70 seconds) and Nora Güner from Turkey could endanger her victory. Again, Manuela Levorato and Kim Gevaert, as well as Russian Yuliya Tabakova and Germany´s darlings Sina Schielke and Gabi Rockmeier should not be underestimated.
Sprint relays – Germany against France
The German relay wants to win the gold in front of their home crowd. At the World Championships 2001 in Edmonton only the relay from the United States was faster than Melanie Paschke, Gabi Rockmeier, Sina Schielke and Marion Wagner. And luckily for them the Americans won´t compete at the European Championships. Yet, the French relay is decided to defend its title and is the hardest competitor for the German quartet. At the European Cup in Annecy they were only 0,08 seconds ahead of the German runners (42.41 against 42.49 seconds). The Russian, Ukrainian and Belarus sprinters will fight for the Bronze medal.