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Greek Champion Tentoglou Wins Long Jump Gold At European Games

Greek long jump champion Miltos Tentoglou at the European Games in Krakow, June 24, 2023.
Greek champion Miltiadis Tentoglou won the Long Jump gold at the 2023 European Games in Krakow. Credit: Twitter / European Athletics

Greek champion Militadis Tentoglou won gold in men’s long jump at the European Games in Krakow on Saturday.

His 8.34 metre jump also won maximum points for Greece at the European Athletics Team Championships for the third time.

Speaking to reporters after his new win, the Tokyo Olympics gold medalist said the weather conditions were not good and the wind did not help, but he managed to correct any mistakes he made in his first efforts of the day and eventually jump his winning 8.34m leap at the end.

His aim is to gradually improve as he gets closer to the World Championships, Tentoglou concluded: “That’s what matters to me the most.”

Earlier this year, Tentoglou claimed his third straight title with a jump of 8.30m at the indoor European Championships in Istanbul, which made him the first male long jumper to win three successive European indoor titles.

He also won this title in 2019 and 2021 and is the reigning Olympic, European and world indoor champion.

Team Hellas wins more medals at European Games

Besides Tentoglou and his thriumphant gold win, Team Hellas has welcomed more medals at the European Games in Krakow.

Emmanouil Karalis won silver in men’s pole vault with 5.80m, while Konstantinos Dimitropoulos and Kelly Kydonaki won bronze in taekwondo and karate respectively.

Brothers Dionysis and Stefanos Xenos won silver in different categories in karate, and Georgia Xenou won bronze, also in karate, becoming the first medal winner for Team Hellas in Krakow.

Evangelia Platanioti and Sofia Malkogeorgou won bronze with their duet performance in artistic swimming.

Greek presence at the European Games in Krakow

The European Games take place every four years. The inaugural event was held in Baku, Azerbaijan, in 2015, and the second edition was held in Minsk, Belarus, in 2019.

This is the first time that Poland has hosted the European Games.

The international multi-sport event will run June 21 to July 3 in venues in the city of Kraków, the surrounding Małopolska region and in Chorzów in the neighbouring Silesia region.

During this time, seven thousand athletes from 48 countries will compete in 24 sports. 19 of those sports will provide qualification opportunities for the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic Games.

More specifically, 10 sports will provide 124 qualifications and the remaining nine will offer points in the Olympic standings. Also, for 12 sports, the European Games will take the form of European Championships.

Team Hellas participates in the European Games in Krakow with 170 male and female athletes.

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