: Ukrainian athlete gains lead near finish line to become European champion

14:10 Jul. 10, 2016

Ukrainian athlete gains lead near finish line to become European champion

Ukraine's Nataliya Pryshchepa celebrates after winning the women's 800m, at the European Athletics Championships in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Saturday, July 9, 2016. (AP Imaged)

Nataliya Pryshchepa wins 800m race

Ukrainian runner Nataliya Pryshchepa won a golden medal in 800m Women Final at the European Atletics Championship in Netherlands.

She gained the lead near the finish line, and won Europe's best athlete title with a result of 1:59.70 minutes.

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French runner Renelle Lamote took a second place in the competition with a result of 2:00.19, while Swedish runner Lovisa Lindh brought home the bronze medal in a personal best of 2:00.37.

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"I want to thank everyone, who supported me, wished me luck, and was by my side during these difficult and exciting days. I dedicate my victory to Ukraine. I'm extremely glad that I was capable to defend my country's honour. I was surrounded [during the run] – and couldn't get out. I don't know where my strength came from. Adrenalin!" Pryshcepa commented on her victory.

The European Athletics Championship is the biennial athletics event organised by the European Athletics Association. On 6-10 July, 2016, the Championship takes place in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

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