Pygi Devetzi stretches…

Pygi Devetzi stretches during her jump in the qualifying round of the women’s long jump at the European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, yesterday. Despite missing the qualifying target of 6.65 meters by one centimeter, Devetzi made it into tomorrow’s final as only eight athletes jumped further than her. Twelve long jumpers will take part in the final and Devetzi said she was hopeful of collecting a medal. ‘The weather did not do us any favors today,’ said Devetzi after yesterday’s contest. ‘It was cold and it rained and that affected all the athletes,’ she added. Devetzi won a silver medal in the women’s triple jump earlier this week. Greece’s other female long jumper, Panagiota Koutsioumari, did not qualify for the final.

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