The Russian team have won first place at the European track and field championships, which ended in Munich on the day before.
Six days of contest have brought the Russians 7 gold, 9 silver and 8 bronze medals.
On the final day of the tournament the British team, in a last-gasp effort, managed to catch up with the Russians in the number of golds, but overall was placed second, since the British have far fewer silver and bronze awards -- 1 and 6, respectively. Third place in team scoring went to the Spanish, who obtained 6 gold, 3 silver and 6 bronze medals.
Experts point to a weak performance by the hosts, who ranked only 7 in overall placings, with two gold awards.
Altogether, track and field athletes from 29 countries have won prizes at the European championships, which are held once in four years.