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Miltiadis Tentoglou Wins Gold for Greece at World Championships

Miltiadis Tentoglou
Tentoglou retained his long jump crown on Saturday.File photo. Screenshot/ERT

Miltiadis Tentoglou retained his long jump crown on Saturday with 8.22 meters at the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow, Scotland.

The 26-year-old Greek athlete won the gold medal after a nail-biting battle with Italy’s Mattia Furlani. He achieved his best jump in his first effort. His second effort was below eight meters, and the third was a foul. In the final three jumps, he did not manage to improve on his first effort.

Tentoglou, the reigning Olympic and world outdoor and indoor champion, and the 19-year-old Furlani both leaped 8.22 meters on their opening jumps. The tiebreak went to Tentoglou as his second-best effort was better than Furlani’s.

Carey McLeod of Jamaica won bronze with 8.21 meters.

Despite winning gold, the Greek athlete was not happy with his performance. He said he did not have the right “appetite” for the competition and added that competing in the morning takes a toll on him. He assured Greek fans that he will come back stronger in the summer season.

Tentoglou’s remarkable achievement solidifies his status as the first male long jumper to achieve such a feat in indoor competitions. As the reigning Olympic, European, and world indoor champion, Tentoglou’s consistent success highlights his exceptional talent and dedication to his sport.

Tentoglou also won gold at last year’s World Athletics Indoor Championships in Istanbul just a few days after the Tempe rail disaster in Greece.

His joy at the time was tempered as he appeared before the state broadcaster ERT with mixed feelings after winning a gold medal.

“What happened was tragic. I am ashamed to speak. What Nyfantopoulos said was the best: that we may be competing here but no one can ease the pain of these people. I do not know where I should dedicate this victory,” he said last year.

The remarkable career of Miltiadis Tentoglou

Last August, Tentoglou won the gold medal at the World Athletics Championships held in Budapest with an outstanding result of 8.52 meters, once again making history in his chosen sport.

He also won the gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In 2022, Tentoglou became the world indoor champion jumping the current Greek indoor record of 8.55 metes, which placed him sixth on the respective world all-time list. He won silver at the outdoor world championships. He is a five-time European champion, winning two consecutive outdoor titles in 2018 and 2022 and a record three successive men’s indoor titles between 2019 and 2023.

He was the 2016 World Under-20 Championships silver medalist and 2017 European U20 and 2019 European U23 champion. Tentoglou was the 2022 Diamond League long jump champion. He is the Greek indoor record holder and won ten national long jump titles.

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