August 2, 2018 / 12:37 PM / 17 days ago

European Championships: New multi-sport event launched in Glasgow

(Reuters) - The inaugural multi-sport European Championships were launched in Glasgow on Thursday when the preliminaries of the rowing and gymnastics events kicked off 11 days of action in Scotland and Germany.

2018 European Championships - Rowing, Lightweight Men's Eight Heat 1 - Strathclyde Country Park, Glasgow, Britain - August 2, 2018 - Team Poland competes. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

For the first time, the continental championships for six different sports — aquatics, gymnastics, cycling, rowing, triathlon and a new team golf event — are all being clustered together in and around the same host city, Glasgow.

The only exception will be the athletics championships which start next week in Berlin, but which will still come under the same new European Championships umbrella.

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The first of the 4,500 athletes competing at the event, which is intended to instill the sort of one-city, multi-sport vibe felt at an Olympic Games, were Europe’s top rowers at Strathclyde Country Park 15 miles outside the city.

The qualification for the women’s gymnastics team event was also being staged at the SSE Hydro arena while the track cycling championships were due to begin on Thursday evening at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, named after Scotland’s most successful Olympian.

The first of 188 gold medals on offer will be awarded on Friday in swimming, synchronized swimming, track cycling and rowing.

Reporting by Ian Chadband; Editing by Toby Davis

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