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6.7.2016: First day of competition

On the first day of the competition all eyes will be on Team GB's Jo Pavey and Kate Avery, with the former attempting to defend her title from two years ago.

17:55 WOMEN'S 10 000M FINAL

The ladies' 10k promises to be interesting and the medals definitely can't be handed out beforehand. As most of the runners' main goal for the season are the Olympics in Rio, few will have yet reached top form. 

More experienced competitors may be going to Amsterdam in below-par condition, saving their proper strength for the Olympics. Although usually it's the experienced athletes who thrive under the pressure of a major championship, this time out the younger generation have a better chance of being successful. The Dutch' could also be a dangerous proposition with the home crowd spurring them on.

In the last European Championships in 2014 Team GB's Joanne Pavey took home the gold with a clear difference over her closest competitors, the French duo of Clemence Calvin - Laila Tarby. In the World Championships the Europeans stood no chance, and that is also likely to be repeated in Rio later in the summer. This is why many athletes may be extra-motivated, as this race is their only chance for a major title.

Last year the strongest nation in the women's 10 000 metres was Portugal. Sara Moreira was the fastest over 10 kilometres (31:12.93), while Ana Dulce Felix (POR) is also a strong contender. Susan Kuijken and Jip Vastenburg could be the dark horses of the race, as both will have immense home support from the Dutch crowd.

Norway's Karoline Bjerkeli Groevdal and Turkey's Yasemin Can are both fast on the 5000 metres. If the race is run at a slower pace (like major Championships finals usually are) both could claw themselves to the top positions in the 10 000 metres as well.

Another interesting ace in the pack is Team GB's Kate Avery. Avery is more famous for her prowess in cross-country running, where she won two golds and two silvers between 2014-2015. This will be the first time she appears at a major Championship on a track.

There are a lot of challengers and surprises are possible if the race is run at a slow pace and everything will be decided at the death. An interesting final right on the first day, and it's definitely worth watching as Pavey and Avery aim to bring another gold for Team GB!

For bettors we recommend the dutch duo, as the home crowd can be such a crucial aspect of the 10k race.

Betting tips:

* TOP3: Jip Vastenburg 23/20 Unibet

** TOP3: Sara Moreira 1/1 Unibet


A: Favourites

Sara Moreira, Ana Dulce Felix, Susan Kuijken, Jip Vastenburg

B: Challengers

Jo Pavey, Clemence Calvin, Johanna Peiponen, Yasemin Can, Karoline Bjerkeli Groevdal, Kate Avery

C: Dark Horses?

All of the rest


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