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Greek triumph! Stefanidi, Kyriakopoulou win Gold & Silver in Pole Vault in Berlin

A great night for Greek athletes, a great night for Greece. Double triumph. Katerina Stefanidi and Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou won Gold and Silver medals in women’s Pole Vault at the European Athletics Championships 2018 in Berlin.

Katerina Stefanidi, 28, set a championships record by clearing 4.85 meters in her third and final attempt.

Stefanidi won the gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games with a jump of 4.85 meters.

Stefanidi has won a total of ten medals in all major international athletics championships. In 2017, at the traditional European Athletics Federation gala in Vilnius (Lithuania), she was voted as European Athlete of the Year.

Fellow Pole Vaulter Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou, 32, came second with 4.80 meters and won the Silver medal.

She won the bronze medal at the World Championships in Beijing in 2015.

Nikoleta did not compete in 2016 Rio Olympics due injury.

In 2017, she became a mother of a baby girl and announced her return to competition for 2018.

The double win cheered Greeks who

and not only.

“It was fast becoming an historic evening as Greece’s Ekaterini Stefanidi once more demonstrated her awesome ability by breaking her own championship record,” wrote European Athletics.

 

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