It was indeed the epic battle to end all epic battles at the European Under 23 Championships in Gävle.
Ahead of the competition, the shape of the two days was predictable. The Day 1 guy would lead on Day 1, the Day 2 guy would come back on Day 2, and either guy could win. Erm’s sprints and long jump would be good, Kaul’s javelin and 1500m would be good. The margins in the other events would be what influenced the results. PBs might be on the cards, both perhaps repeating their 8300 scores from May and June, or perhaps reaching 8400. All these predictions turned out to be true – but we did not predict just how strong the performances would be, nor how massive the scores, nor how intense the battle.
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