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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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