Kyriakopoulou wins bronze in Glasgow

Kyriakopoulou wins bronze in Glasgow

Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou captured the bronze medal at the European Indoor Athletics Championships, while Ekaterini Stefanidi finished fourth, missing out on a medal in a major competition for the first time in four years.

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Kyriakopoulou started her day at 4.45 metres, where needed two attempts to clear the bar. The next height for her was 4.65 metres, where defending champion Stefanidi began her day. Kyriakopoulou cleared the bar on her second attempt at that height, while Stefanidi did so on her third attempt. Both girls missed all three of their attempts at the following height, which was 4.75 metres.

Kyriakopoulou finished third due to the fact that she needed fewer attempts to clear 4.65 metres. Stefanidi finished tied for fourth with Switzerland’s Angelica Moser. Gold went to Anzhelika Sidorova, a Russian athlete competing for the Authorised Neutral Athletes, with 4.85 metres. Silver went to Great Britain’s Holly Bradshaw with 4.75 metres being her biggest clearance.

This is now Kyriakopoulou’s second consecutive medal at a major competition, and fourth overall. Additionally, it is her first big indoor medal. On the other hand, it is the first time since the 2015 World Championships that Stefanidi failed to reach the podium, and also the first time since the 2013 European Indoor Championships that she failed to do so on the European stage.

 

by Andrew Stamas

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