Greece climbs to top 10 in medal rankings at European Championships

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Following on the success of gold medal race walker Antigoni Ntrismpioti and long jumper Miltiadis Tentoglou on Wednesday, Greece has continued to climb in the medal rankings at the 2022 European Championships in Munich.

With a total of seven medals: three gold and four silver – Greece is currently ranked ninth of 29 on the medal table.

Yesterday, 32-year-old pole vaulter Katerina Stefanidi made history when she won silver in the women’s pole vault final, becoming the first pole vaulter to win four consecutive medals in the European Championships.

The medal marks her 11th in a major championship and a decade of European Championship finals.

Greece’s success in athletics at the European Championships was also matched in the water, with the nation claiming four medals in rowing: one gold and three silver.

Earlier in the week, 23-year-old Antonios Papakonstantinou won gold after claiming the lightweight men’s single sculls titles. With a 2 minute and 37 second lead ahead of Italy’s Gabriel Soares, Papakonstantinou completed the 2km race in 7 minutes and 21 seconds.

As for Olympic gold medalist, Stefanos Ntouskos, he missed out on first place by 0.29 of a second in the men’s single sculls on Sunday.

Completing the race in 7 minutes and 15 seconds, the 25-year-old said he was pleased with the result and grateful for the support.

Also bringing home silver was 20-year senior debutante Evangelia Anastasiadou who came second in the women’s single sculls.

In an Instagram post, she said she was “really proud” of her achievement.

In the lightweight women’s single sculls, 26-year-old Zoi Fitsiou claimed a silver medal. Taking to Instagram, the 26-year-old said she was “very happy” to be part of Greece’s 2022 European Championship team.

The medalists have been celebrated in Greece, with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis congratulating the winners on Twitter.

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