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Who wins 200 metres men at the European Athletics Championships 2018?

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Galiyev aiming for the gold at Berlin 2018 – European Athletics Championship

It seems that 2018 will be a sporting year as there are several major tournaments that are scheduled on the calendar. One notable sport event is the European Athletics Championship which will be held in Berlin, Germany, from 7 to 12 August 2018. This major sport tournament will be part of the first European Championships with other events happening in Glasgow, Scotland.

Many athletics and sports fans will focus their attention on the 200 meters men competition as the rivalry between some of the participants still exists. The first notable athlete that was able to surprise many pundits is Ramil Guliyev of Turkey. On that note, it is important to emphasize that Guliyev was able to upset the world championship in 2017, when he matched Van Niekerk stride for stride and won the 200-meter title by lunging at the line just ahead of the favoured South African athlete.

However, this time, the 27-year-old Guliyev is no more the little-known sprinter who was not even among the top-10 performers. His European rivals will take him more seriously as he is one of the hot picks and a top favourite to win the 200 meters competition. Combined with the gold medal at Berlin 2018, Guliyev now has the European 200m record. (which is currently held by the late Italian sprint legend Pietro Mennea who was able to ran 19.72 at altitude in Mexico City back in 1979)

However, there will be several obstacles and challenges on that path to Guliyev. Former European Athlete of the Year Christophe Lemaitre will aim to bounce back after a bad year. Lemaitre missed all the action in 2017, due several injuries and accidents that prevented him to hit a peak form. The European Athletics Championship 2018 is the perfect opportunity for him to revisit his old glory days. The 27 years old French star stated that he will be aiming for gold at the 200 metres competition. However, it will be interesting to see how the former European Athlete of the Year will perform against the hot favourite Guliyev. In the same time, Lemaitre though has other challenges and worries as, including completing his sports management degree as he is in his second year of the studies.

Nevertheless, there are other athletes that will look at Berlin 2018 as a chance for glory. The first notable pair of athletes are the Britons Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Adam Gemili. These two runners surely will have an impact in the 200m competition at the European Athletics. Another who may be the dark horse in the race, is Bruno Hortelano. The Spanish athlete seems determined to defend his 200m title that he won in 2016. However, his current form is a mystery as he has sustained a hand injury during a car crash. This accident sidelined him for the whole 2017 and there are some unofficial reports that he has not healed completely.

All in all, the European Athletics will surely bring a lot of excitement and competitive edge. And although Galiyev is the pick for the throne, there are several other athletes that can complicate things for him – which gives another level of excitement to the 200m competition.