Greeks continue great start in Glasgow

Greeks continue great start in Glasgow

The afternoon session on Day 2 of the European Indoor Athletics Championships came to a close, with another four Greeks earning qualification in their events.

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In the women’s pole vault, defending champion Ekaterini Stefanidi was tied for first in qualifying. She only jumped once today, with a clearance at 4.60 metres being enough to qualify for the final. Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou struggled, needing three attempts to clear both 4.50 metres and 4.60 metres. Nevertheless, she was able to sneak into Sunday’s final, joining Stefanidi. Helen-Claudia Polak equalled her personal record of 4.50 metres, but that was not enough as the 22-year-old finished 12th and failed to qualify for the final.

Konstantinos Zikos finished first in qualifying in the men’s 60 metres. The 20-year-old from Trikala posted a time of 6.66 seconds to make the semifinals, which will take place in tonight’s evening session. Should he advance to the final, that will also be held tonight. The two other Greeks in that event failed to reach the semifinals, as Panagiotis Trivyzas finished 26th, and Efthimios Stergioulis came in 37th place.

Konstantinos Douvalidis posted a season-best time of 7.69 seconds to finish eighth in the qualifying of the men’s 60 metres hurdles, advancing to the semifinals.

In the women’s 60 metres, Rafailia Spanoudaki was disqualified for a false start. This was also the case back in 2017, meaning that she has been disqualified for false starts in two of the four major competitions she’s competed in during her career.

In addition to Zikos, three other Greeks will be in action in the evening session. Konstantinos Filippidis and Emmanouil Karalis will take part in the final of the men’s pole vault, while Konstantinos Baniotis will be competing in the final of the men’s high jump.

 

by Andrew Stamas

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