Ilias Fifa, new European 5,000 metre champion

Ilias Fifa, new European 5,000 metre champion

The FC Barcelona athlete wins in a photo finish as three runners tie with the same time

FC Barcelona runner Ilias Fifa has won the 5,000 metre race at the European Track and Field Championships in Amsterdam. Fifa, of Moroccan origin, beat the Catalan runner Adel Mechaal and Richard Ringer of Germany in a photo finish that was needed to determine the winner.

Fifa took advantage of the absence of Mo Farah, who had been the reigning European 5,000m champion, as well as the fatigue that beset race favourite Hayle Ibrahimov to win with a great final sprint. 

Fifa came to FC Barcelona in 2012 from the Catalonia Athletics Association and since joining the Club as improved his personal best in the 5,000m by more than 15 seconds.

Here's a look at how other FC Barcelona athletes fared at the European Championships:


Fifa Ilias (5,000 metres): European Champion

Ángel David Rodríguez (100 metres and 4 x 100): second heat

Lucas Búa (400 metres and 4 x 400): third heat

Marc Alcalà (1,500 meters): second round

Llorenç Sales (1,500 metres): third round

Matthew Gerard (110 hurdles): third round

Javier Delgado (400 hurdles): third round

Jean Marie Okutu (long jump): eighth round

Carlos Tobalina (weightlifting): 10th place


Cristina Lara (4 x 100): second round

Gerexanne Ussia (4 x 400): first round

Caridad Jerez (100 hurdles): Second round

Sabina Asenjo (discus): 12th place

Laura Redondo (hammer throw): 21st place

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