AMDOUNI M (FRA)
- Gold 28:11.22
You have a magnificent Olympic stadium. Thank you. Today, I am over the moon, sooo happy. Long live Germany and long live France! I would like to thank my wife, my coach and the French team. It is set off now, I will focuss on the 5k. During the race, my muscles felt very well. I have come from very far. I have had many big difficulties. But I did not give up. I ran at the World championships in 2009 here, too. But without success. And now, nine years later, I come back here to win this European title. This stadium is great. On the last lap I was very impatient. Now I feel very relieved.
ABDI B (BEL)
- Silver 28:11.76
I was working very hard to get this medal since 2010. So I finally got it. In Helsinki, I got 4th, in Zurich fifth, so now it was now or never. But all these up and downs are just the part of the game. I think I ran a smart race, saved the energy for the finish. I think the real race started at the 5th kilometre and the last 800m were crucial. All the guys started to push it. I was going for gold but I am OK with the silver as the race was very tactical. And the silver medal is not bad, I guess...
CRIPPA Y (ITA)
- Bronze 28:12.15
I'm very happy as this is my first medal in a senior championships. After training so hard, I am pleased all went according to plan. This was the result of a very long and hard preparation, but I can't celebrate yet. I still have to run the 5K on Saturday, and, hopefully I will be able to take a second medal home. There is time to celebrate at the end of the championships, maybe I will open a bottle of champagne then.