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Greece’s Stefanidi Becomes First Pole Vaulter to Win Four European Medals

Katerina Stefanidi greeting the crowd.
Greece’s Stefanidi Becomes First Pole Vaulter To Win Four European Medals. Credit: AMNA

Three-time Olympian Ekaterini (Katerina) Stefanidi won the silver medal for Greece with a 4.75 meter vault at the European Athletics Championships in Munich on Wednesday to became the first pole vaulter with four European medals.

Stefanidi has won medals in four consecutive European Championship competitions, acquiring a silver in 2014, a gold in both 2016 and 2018, and again a silver in 2022.

The athlete wrote on her personal Twitter account following her win: “A decade in European Championship finals, 2012-2022. With my husband always besides me and a huge Greek crowd in the stands at Munich Olympic Stadium.”

Latest medal marks restart for Stefanidi

“I am very happy for the fourth medal in a row. It feels like a new beginning, like when it all started in Zurich with the silver medal in 2014,” Stefanidi told public broadcaster ERT. “A restart with a silver medal in the European Championships. My goal was to break my season best.”

“Three-time Olympian and Rio 2016 gold [medalist] Ekaterini Stefanidi is considered by some as the greatest female Greek athlete in history,” the Olympic Games had posted on its official Twitter account the day before the competition, urging followers to keep an eye on her at the European Championships.

More medals for Greece in swimming

Stefanidi’s silver was the third medal won for Greece at the European Athletics Championships in Munich within three days following Tentoglou’s and Ntrismpioti‘s gold medals in men’s long jump and women’s race walking, respectively.

Besides athletics, Greece won three medals at the European Aquatics Championships this week.

Olympian swimmer Apostolos Christou was crowned European champion in the 50 meter backstroke and also won a silver in the 100 meters while Kristian Gkolomeev won bronze in the 50 meter freestyle.

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