One medal for Greece, Impressive display from Karalis

One medal for Greece, Impressive display from Karalis

The 2018 IAAF World Indoor Championships concluded, with 18-year-old Emmanouil Karalis finishing fifth in the pole vault.

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The young Greek broke the Greek national U20 record with a jump of 5.80m. It must be noted that this is the second-best jump of all-time at the U20 level worldwide. Kostas Filippidis, the champion in 2014, finished in seventh place with a jump of 5.70m.

Kostas Douvalidis was eliminated from the 60m hurdles in the semifinals. Cyprus’ Milan Trajkovic made it all the way to the final in the same event, but was disqualified due to a false start in the final.

In total, Greece’s nine athletes won one medal, a bronze by pole vaulter Katerina Stefanidi. In the last edition of this event, in 2016, Greece had finished with two bronze medals (Stefanidi and Paraskevi Papachristou in the triple jump). Despite this, Stefanidi was proud of her performance, saying it was “as good as winning gold,” as she had been struggling with injury problems and almost did not compete.

All in all, Greece finished ranked 14th out of 144 countries in this year’s event. The Greek athletes will now be preparing for this summer’s European Championships in Berlin, Germany.

by Andrew Stamas
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