Catching up with Tamberi on the road to the European Championships

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Gianmarco Tamberi won gold medals at the IAAF World Indoor Championships and European Championships in 2016

Ahead of the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships which is part of the inaugural multi-sport European Championships with Glasgow from 2-12 August, we travelled to Ancona, Italy to interview Gianmarco Tamberi ahead of his title defence in Berlin.

Tamberi won the IAAF world indoor title in Portland, United States and the European title in Amsterdam in 2016 but an ankle injury knocked him out of the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The Italian made a return to competition last season and will be looking to return to the rostrum after a two-year hiatus in Berlin next month. In our exclusive and in-depth interview, Tamberi talks about beating his father and coach Marco’s lifetime best in 2012, the origins of his trademark ‘half beard’ look and his thoughts ahead of the high jump in Berlin.

More information on the 2018 European Championships:   

- The Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships will be part of the first multi-sport European Championships along with co-hosts Glasgow.             

- It will be a must-watch, must-attend experience that elevates the status of European Champions, uniting existing European Championships to celebrate the highest honour in European sport and celebrating the defining moments that create Champions.           

- It is the continent’s ultimate multi-sport event, an 11-day celebration of European sport staged every four years.     

 - Seven of Europe’s leading sports (athletics, aquatics, rowing, golf, cycling, gymnastics, triathlon) will be brought together for the first edition.         

- The European Athletics Championships in Berlin will be staged 7-12 August. The six other sports will be staged in Glasgow through 2-12 August.        

- 4500 athletes and 52 nations will compete across the seven sports.            

- Potential TV audience of over one billion with millions more across multiple digital platforms.        

- Over half a million spectators expected.