Greece continues women’s pole vault streak

Greece continues women’s pole vault streak

Thanks to Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou’s bronze medal at the 2019 European Indoor Athletics Championships, Greece has now won at least one medal in the women’s pole vault at each of the last 11 major athletics competitions.

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At the 2012 European Championships in Helsinki, Greece’s Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou made history. She won bronze to become the country’s first female pole vaulter to ever win a medal in a major competition at the senior level. It was not until two years later, at the 2014 European Championships in Zurich, that Greece would win another medal in the event. This time, it was Ekaterini Stefanidi, a former world youth champion.

Since then, Greece has won a medal in the women’s pole vault at each and every major competition. Stefanidi has won most of them, having won five gold medals, two silver medals, and two bronze medals. Kyriakopoulou has also contributed to this feat, winning one silver medal and three bronze medals.

Despite having won a medal in each of the last 11 major competitions combined, the two have only reached the podium together just once. That was at last year’s European Championships in Berlin, where Stefanidi won gold and Kyriakopoulou won silver. The Greek duo has come close to doing so on two other occasions. At the 2016 European Championships in Amsterdam, Stefanidi won gold while Kyriakopoulou finished fourth. This year at the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow, Kyriakopoulou won bronze while Stefanidi finished fourth.

The next major athletics competition will be the 2019 World Championships in Doha, where Kyriakopoulou and Stefanidi will look to extend this streak to 12 consecutive major competitions. If you include the men’s pole vault in this statistic, Greece has already won a medal in each of the last 12 major competitions, as Konstantinos Filippidis won gold at the 2014 World Indoor Championships.


2014 European Championships-Ekaterini Stefanidi (Silver)

2015 European Indoor Championships-Ekaterini Stefanidi (Silver)

2015 World Championships-Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou (Bronze)

2016 World Indoor Championships-Ekaterini Stefanidi (Bronze)

2016 European Championships-Ekaterini Stefanidi (Gold)

2016 Olympic Games-Ekaterini Stefanidi (Gold)

2017 European Indoor Championships-Ekaterini Stefanidi (Gold)

2017 World Championships-Ekaterini Stefanidi (Gold)

2018 World Indoor Championships-Ekaterini Stefanidi (Bronze)

2018 European Championships-Ekaterini Stefanidi (Gold)

2018 European Championships-Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou (Silver)

2019 European Indoor Championships-Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou (Bronze)


by Andrew Stamas

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