- GOLD MEDAL FOR STEFANIDIS! -
Katerina Stefanidis won the gold medal in the pole vault at the European Championships in Amsterdam. With a jump of 4.81 meters, Stefanidis won the first gold medal of her career and Greece’s first medal at this year’s European Championships. Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou finished in 4th place in the competition.
The 26-year old Greek athlete was named the European Champion after completing a jump of 4.70 meters on her first attempt, while Ryzih (silver medal) took 2 attempts to successfully jump 4.70 meters. Despite having already claimed the gold medal, Stefanidis went on and registered a jump of 4.81 meters to break the European Championships’ record. She failed to surpass 4.86 meters after 3 missed attempts.
This is Stefanidis first gold medal of her pole-vaulting career. She has had much success over the years, finishing in 2nd at the 2014 European Championships and 2015 Indoor European Championships. This year she earned the bronze medal at the World Indoor Championships in Portland and is in good form before the Olympic Games begin in Rio next month.
Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou also took part in the pole-vaulting final, along with Stefanidis, finishing in 4th place with a jump registered at 4.55 meters.