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Philippidis vaulting ever higher

Pole vault champion Costas Philippidis confirmed that he is in great form by breaking his own national indoor record and clearing 5.71 meters at the meeting held on February 12 at Peania, eastern Attica.

The Greek jumper had registered 5.70 m in January 2010 at a meeting in Manchester, and he appears ready to move even higher in the next few weeks.

He has already qualified to the European Indoor Championship to be held next month in Paris.

Two more Greeks secured their tickets to Paris, both of them in women’s triple jump. Voula Papachristou reached 14.40 meters, while Niki Paneta measured 14.39 m at the same meeting.

In the women’s pole vault, Nicole Kyriakopoulou came close to her own record of 4.51 m, but could not do any better than 4.50 m at a meeting in Donetsk, Ukraine, on the same day.