Olympic and European champion Miltiadis Tentoglou has achieved yet another moment of success, as he won the silver medal for Greece in the long jump at the World Athletics Championship 2022 in Eugene, Oregon in the United States.
The competition was held at the Hayward Field from July 15th to July 16th with 34 athletes from 21 nations that participated in the event.
Tentoglou’s winning leap at WAC 2022
This is the first medal for Tentoglou at a World Athletics Championship competition. He told Greek state TV ERT that he is confident he can get a gold at next year’s event in Budapest.
Tentoglou leapt 8.32 meters to take the men’s long jump final to the wire in Oregon.
That was the eleventh time this season he’s cleared eight meters. Earlier this year, the Greek track and field athlete became the world indoor champion and set a Greek indoor record of 8.55 meters, which placed him sixth on the world indoor all-time list, according to Wikipedia.
Tentoglou holds a personal best of 8.60 meters which was achieved at a track and field event in Athens in 2021. He is the current Greek record holder in the indoor long jump.
A medal haul to be proud of. Miltiádis Tentóglou, the Greek long jump giant who won't stop reaching for greatness. pic.twitter.com/30pxc4XQdF
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The 24-year-old athlete from the city of Giannitsa of northern Greece is considered one of the top Greek athletes of his generation.
In 2018, at the age of only twenty at the time, Tentoglou struck gold at the European Championship in Berlin, becoming the youngest Greek man to win a continental title.
That was the first of three successive European titles for Tentoglou, as he followed it with indoor crowns in 2019 and 2021.
Tentoglou was an amateur parkour athlete in his hometown when a coach noticed his talent and introduced him to track and field athletics at the age of fifteen.