Greek athletes shine at the European Championships 2022

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The European Championships in Munich, Germany have come to an end this year but not before Greece claimed 10 medals – six gold and four silver – at the competitive games.

This medal tally saw Greece rank in 10th place of 29 countries on the medal table.

Gymnast, Eleftherios Petrounias, was one of the last competitors at the Championships on Sunday. He claimed the gold medal in the ‘Men’s Rings’ with 15.133 points ahead of Adem Asil of Turkey who won silver and Courtney Tulloch of Great Britain who got bronze.

The win saw Petrounias become European champion at the rings for the sixth time at a European Championship meet.

In a post on Instagram, Petrounias thanked his family and fans for their support over the last few years.

“This 6th European gold medal fills me with joy and strength to continue. The trials I went through in recent years have made me invincible and all of you who have been by my side through thick and thin have contributed to that,” the Greek gymnast added.

Greece also claimed another two gold medals in athletics at the Championships.

Track athlete, Antigoni Ntrismpioti, made history on Saturday when she won her second gold medal at the European games in the Women’s 20km Race Walk.

The 38-year-old athlete from Karditsa was a few meters behind the leading group and in 10th place at the 10th kilometre when she increased her pace to enter the top three after the 11th kilometre.

The silver medal was won by Poland’s Katarzyna Zdzieblo and the bronze by Germany’s Saskia Feige.

Antigoni’s first gold medal came after securing the top position at the Women’s 35km Race Walk last week.

Elsewhere, 19-year-old, Elina Tzengko, also dominated the women’s javelin final at the European Championships on Saturday to win gold for Greece.

Tzengko won the contest by almost four metres with a personal best of 65.81 metres on her second attempt. Serbia’s Adriana Vilagos won silver, while Barbora Spotakova bagged bronze for the Czech Republic.

Greece’s other seven medal wins came earlier in the week from Miltiadis Tentoglou in long jump (gold), Katerina Stefanidi in pole vault (silver), Antonios Papakonstantinou in the lightweight men’s single sculls (gold), Stefanos Ntouskos in men’s single sculls (silver), Evangelia Anastasiadou in women’s single sculls (silver), Zoi Fitsiou in lightweight women’s single sculls (silver) and Antigoni again in race walking (gold).

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

READ MORE: Greece climbs to top 10 in medal rankings at European Championships.

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