Paraskevi “Voula” Papachristou won Gold medal for her 14.60 meters in Triple Jump at the European Athletes championships 2018 late on Friday. 29-year-old Papachristou secured the third gold medal for Greece in the 24. European Track and Field Championships in Berlin.
Greece's third gold medal in as many days at the European Championships!
— European Athletics (@EuroAthletics) August 10, 2018
Papachristou won the gold medal with her 2nd attempt.
It was the best performance in her career.
After jumping 14.60, the athlete pointed to the sky and the black ribbon she wore next to national emblem as a sign of remembrance to those who lost their lives in the deadly Athens wildfires.
Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras congratulated Papachrisotu with a Tweet.
— Prime Minister GR (@PrimeministerGR) August 10, 2018
Tsipras’ congratulations drew the criticism of SYRIZA MP Giorgos Kyritsis.
Κακή επιλογή τα συγχαρητήρια του @PrimeministerGR στην Παπαχρηστου
— Γιώργος Κυρίτσης (@giorgoskyritsis) 10 Αυγούστου 2018
“Congratulations by the Prime Minister to Papachristou is a bad choice,” Kyritsis wrote.
Papachristou was removed from the Greek team for the London Olympics 2012 by the Greek Olympic Committee after she posted a racist “joke” on her Twitter account two days before the start of the Summer Olympic Games.
Papachristou apologized saying it was a “stupid joke” but the outcry in Greece was too big.