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Hopeful track and field squad set for Paris

Greece is sending 14 athletes to the European Indoor Track and Field Championships in France over the weekend of March 4-6, some of which have decent hopes of reaching the finals of their disciplines.

The Hellenic Track and Field Federation (SEGAS) announced the full squad to travel to Paris for the event.

The Greek representation is led by in-form pole-vaulter Costas Philippidis, who registered two national records within eight days, the last being his over-5.72-meters effort on February 20 at Peania in eastern Attica.

Louis Tsatoumas had also generated hopes for a medal in Paris after measuring the world?s leading effort in the long jump at Peania (8.21 meters), but the Greek champion suffered an injury that may well deprive him of a decent showing in the French capital.

Nicole Kyriakopoulou also broke her own national record in the pole vault, clearing 4.55 meters on February 19, bettering her mark by four centimeters after just a few weeks. She should make the final of her event in Paris.

Greece will remarkably have three athletes in the women?s triple jump, as Voula Papachristou, Niki Paneta and Athanasia Perra have all made the cut for the European Championships.

The other men to represent Greece in Paris will be Angelos Angelakis (60 m), Giorgos Tsakonas (long jump), Costas Baniotis, Dimitris Hondrokoukis (both high jump) and Dimitris Tsiamis (triple jump).

The women?s squad also consists of Gogo Kokloni (60 m), Eleni Filandra (800 m) and Elena Kafourou (long jump).