The 24-year-old Dutchwoman, who was a clear medal contender in the women's heptathlon, was second when she touched the penultimate hurdle and fell.

She was then left lying on the track, her face buried in her hands, crying as she realized her hopes of a European Championship medal were gone.

- Of course incredibly, incredibly boring, because it reduces competition.

That's what's so fun about the heptathlon, that there are so many names fighting for the medals, says SVT Sports expert Gustav Zetterlund.

Good start by Salming

Since she did not finish, she leaves the first branch without points, which means that she will have no medal chance.

For Sweden's representative in the heptathlon, Bianca Salming, it was seventh and last place in the first heat.

Salming's time of 14.37 earned 927 points and is just four hundredths off her personal best in the 100-meter hurdles.

- A great race, says Gustav Zetterlund.