Silver for Filippidis With a New Greek Record
Kostas Filippidis set a new Panhellenic record at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in the Men’s Pole Vault to win the silver medal. Greek youngster Emmanouil Karalis finished 11th.
Kostas Filippidis “took off” at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Belgrade to win the SILVER medal in the competition. The Greek athlete recorded a jump of 5.85 meters to win Greece’s first medal at the European Championships.
Filippidis began the event by clearing 5.35 meters on his second attempt and then completed 5.50 meters, 5.60 meters, and 5.70 meters on his first attempt. He then failed on his first jump at 5.75 meters and took the risk to bypass that height and move onto 5.80 meters, which he completed on his final attempt. He quickly completed 5.85 meters, breaking his Panhellenic record of 5.84 meters, before recording three failed attempts at 5.90 meters.
Despite Filippidis finishing tied with Piotr Lisek at 5.85 meters, the gold medal went to the athlete from Poland due to his fewer overall attempts in the competition. The silver is Filippidis' first medal in his career at the European Indoor Athletics Championships.
Greece’s future in the sport, Emmanouil Karalis, finished 11th with his jump of 5.50 meters. The 17-year old, who was the youngest athlete to ever qualify for the event, will use this year's event as a valuable experience as he continues his bright young career.