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    In the final day of the European Athletics Championships in Prague on Sunday (3 September), Britain got its first, and only, gold medal.

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    SV Pile-up in men's 3,000 metres steeplechase, show in slow motion.

    GV PAN Malinowsky of Poland wins steeplechase final (2 shots)

    GV Start of Women's 4 X 100 metres relay (4 shots)

    GV Slow motion replay, showing French runner falling, then carried off on stretcher 3 shots)

    GV PAN Final stages of Men's 1,500 metres (3 shots)

    COLEMAN: "..Karst of West Germany, the two Rumanians Copu and Bichea, they suffered in the knock. Gerbi of Italy tried to get through, and this is really worth looking at. It looks like a pretty good bend at the Grant National when the whole field almost came down. Malinowsky, looking back, he's very very, tired, he really is. Ilg is closing, Toukonen, desperate, trying to get in front, Karst is after him. Malinowsky wins, and he's just outside the championship record."

    STOREY: "Beverly going well, Linda Hagland right on the outside, had a good for Sweden again, and so too has the East German girl. Johanna cleared the hurdler. A better exchange, she catches forward, not a great one, but a better one. Look at the long-legged girl going in land six, she's having a good run. Kathy Smallwood, eighteen, and Sharon has another good leg, Sharon's away, and Grant has gone down. Out of the French girls has gone over.

    And look at his run by Sharon Colyer. The Russian coming on the inside, the East Germans nowhere, they must have had a disaster. And can Charon Colyer hang onto the silver medal for Great Britain. (Indistinct) And Britain gets a silver, and that's a magnificent run. It's a lead for (Indistinct), she brings them both down. The Soviet squad away, Sharon Colyer has got a good exchange and away goes Britain to a silver medal.

    PICKERING: "Two hundred to go, and there goes Ovett. Is this the compensation for Ovett? He's now four metres clear, five metres clear, six metres clear. And Moorcroft looks round for trouble, He's in third place. Ovett is away and clear and this looks Britain's first gold medal of these championships. He's got to keep driving, but surely nothing can stop him now, and he's already celebrating. Ovett wins in customary style. In second place, Eammon Coghlan of Ireland and third is Moorcroft of Great Britain."

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    Background: In the final day of the European Athletics Championships in Prague on Sunday (3 September), Britain got its first, and only, gold medal. Steve Ovett won the men's fifteen hundred metres with a time of three minutes 35.6 seconds. Two other events were marred by a number of spectacular accidents to competitors. In the women's relay race, two French team mates collided during the transfer of their baton and one of them had to be taken to hospital. In the men's 3,000 metres steeplechase final, several runners fell heavily at one jump, severely disrupting the remainder of the field. This report from the BBC's David Coleman, Ron Pickering and Stewart Storey.

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