Baniotis wins silver in Glasgow
Konstantinos Baniotis won a silver medal in the men’s high jump at the European Indoor Athletics Championships, while 20-year-old Konstantinos Zikos advanced to the final in the men’s 60 metres.
Baniotis had previously never won a medal at a major competition, though he had won three at the Mediterranean Games. He had been close many times in the past, with his best results being fourth place finishes at the 2011 European Indoor Championships and the 2012 World Indoor Championships.
The 32-year-old from Komotini in Thrace needed just one attempt to clear the bar at 2.18 metres, and two attempts at 2.22 metres. With the bar set at 2.26 metres, he was able to clear that height on his third and final attempt to put himself in second place and secure a medal. Although he was unable to jump higher, Baniotis still finished with the silver medal. The gold went to Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi, who had the biggest jump of the final as he cleared 2.32 metres. Ukraine’s Andrii Protsenko finished tied with Baniotis, meaning that he also won silver so there was no bronze awarded.
After finishing first out of 45 athletes in the qualifying round, Konstantinos Zikos also qualified for the final in the men’s 60 metres. The young sprinter from Trikala ran 60 metres in 6.64 seconds, winning his semifinal heat and finishing fourth overall. He will now compete with seven other athletes in tonight’s final.