European Indoor Championships a huge success for Greece
The Greek team finished fifth in the medal table at last weekend’s European Indoor Athletics Championships in Glasgow, marking the best-ever result for Greece in 34 appearances at the event.
With one gold medal, two silver medals, and a bronze medal, Greece finished in fifth place overall. Poland won the medal count with five gold medals and two silver medals. Great Britain finished second, with Spain in third and Norway in fourth. Despite winning more medals (six) in Stockholm back in 1996, Greece came in just eighth place in the medal count that year. Previously, Greece’s highest finish in the medal table was two years ago in Belgrade, where Greece won three medals and finished in seventh place.
A gold medal from Miltiadis Tentoglou in the men’s long jump was undoubtedly the highlight for Greece. Not only did Tentoglou win gold, but he shattered the Greek national indoor record and recorded the biggest jump in the world of 2019 so far. Additionally, his jump (of 8.38 metres) was the biggest jump indoors by any European in ten years.
Also winning medals for Greece were Konstantinos Baniotis (silver in men’s high jump), Paraskevi Papachristou (silver in women’s triple jump), and Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou (bronze in women’s pole vault). Greece has now won 34 medals in the European Indoor Championships, dating back to 1972. Tentoglou’s gold was just the sixth gold ever won by Greece at the event, while silver medals from Baniotis and Papachristou put Greece’s silver medal tally at 16 all-time. Kyriakopoulou’s bronze was Greece’s 12th third-place finish in the competition.
Several Greek athletes came close to winning medals in Glasgow, but came up just short. Emmanouil Karalis (men’s pole vault) and Ekaterini Stefanidi (women’s pole vault) both finished in fourth place, while Konstantinos Douvalidis (men’s 60 metres hurdles) and Konstantinos Zikos (men’s 60 metres) both finished in fifth place in their events. Also making event finals were Nicholas Scarvelis (eighth in men’s shot put) and Konstantinos Filippidis (ninth in men’s pole vault).
Other Greek athletes did not fare so well in Glasgow. Helen-Claudia Polak was Greece’s next-best performer, finishing 12th in the women’s pole vault. Andreas Dimitrakis finished 22nd in the men’s 1500 metres, and Tatiana Gusin came in 23rd place in the women’s high jump. Panagiotis Trivyzas (men’s 60 metres) and Irini Vasiliou (women’s 400 metres) each finished in 26th place. Efthimios Stergioulis came in 37th place in the men’s 60 metres. Lastly, Rafailia Spanoudaki (women’s 60 metres) was disqualified for a false start for the second European Indoor Championships in a row.