European silver for Papachristou
With a career-best indoor jump of 14.50 metres, Paraskevi Papachristou won silver in the women’s triple jump at the European Indoor Athletics Championships.
After not competing in six months due to injury, there were doubts about Papachristou’s form coming into Glasgow. She cleared those doubts on Friday by qualifying for the final. Today, she came out strong, with a jump of 14.50 metres on her first attempt. This was a personal record for her, as her previous best indoor jump was 14.47 metres back in 2009. This jump also put the Greek into first place.
With fouls in her next three jumps, Papachristou fell to second place as Spain’s Ana Peleteiro jumped 14.56 metres, a personal record for herself. Peleteiro later improved this by jumping 14.73 metres. Papachristou’s last two jumps were registered at 14.07 metres and 14.33 metres, remaining in second to win silver. Ukraine’s Olha Saladukha won bronze with three jumps of 14.47 metres.
This silver medal is an improvement for Papachristou, as she won bronze at the last edition of this event in 2017. It is the fifth medal at a major competition in her career, with all of them coming within the last three years. Her other medals include gold at the 2018 European Championships, bronze at the 2016 European Championships, and bronze at the 2016 World Indoor Championships.