Karalis and Zikos come up just short

Karalis and Zikos come up just short

Despite great performances from both youngsters today, neither managed to win a medal as 19-year-old Emmanouil Karalis finished fourth in the pole vault and 20-year-old Konstantinos Zikos finished fifth in the 60 metre dash at the European Indoor Athletics Championships.

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The men’s pole vault final had two Greeks in it, Konstantinos Filippidis and Emmanouil Karalis. Filippidis, who won silver at the last edition of this event in 2017, failed to clear the bar in three attempts at 5.45 metres and was eliminated, finishing ninth. Karalis cleared the bar in his first jump of the day, which was at 5.55 metres. He also cleared 5.65 metres with just one attempt, before failing three times at 5.75 metres to finish in fourth place overall.

Konstantinos Zikos, who was making his debut in a major competition at the senior level, did extremely well to advance to the final of the men’s 60 metres. There, he finished in fifth place with a time of 6.67 seconds. Although he did not win a medal, the 20-year-old showed his potential and will be a medal contender at future competitions by the looks of it.

Action in Glasgow wraps up tomorrow, with five Greeks in action. In the afternoon session, Paraskevi Papachristou will compete in the final of the women’s triple jump, and Miltiadis Tentoglou will participate in the final of the men’s long jump. Konstantinos Douvalidis’ men’s 60 metres semifinal will also take place during that session, while the final will be held in the evening session, should he advance. Also in the evening session will be the highly anticipated women’s pole vault final, featuring Ekaterini Stefanidi and Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou.

 

by Andrew Stamas

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