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Four Greeks make Europeans? finals

Four Greek athletes reached the finals of their disciplines on March 4, the first day of the European Indoor Track and Field Championship in Paris.

Costas Baniotis and, surprisingly, Dimitris Hondrokoukis made the cut for the high-jump final on March 5 by clearing 2.27 meters, meaning that out of the eight finalists two will be from Greece.

Costas Philippidis will predictably be in the pole-vault final on March 5 after clearing 5.65 m, while Athanasia Perra became the sole Greek to advance in the women?s triple jump with her best effort at 14.01 m.

Voula Papachristou (who measured 13.72 m) and Niki Paneta (did not compete at all) missed out.

Ambitious Louis Tsatoumas dropped out of the qualifier in long jump after measuring 7.81 m in his second effort. He did not manage to make his third after a recurrence of a recent injury. Giorgos Tsakonas could only reach 7.35 m.

In the women?s 800 meters, Eleni Filandra missed out on the semifinals for three hundredths of a second, and Dimitris Tsiamis went no further than 16.30 m in the men?s triple jump.

The morning of March 5 will see four more Greeks enter their events? qualifiers: Nicole Kyriakopoulou in pole vault, Georgia Kokloni and Angelos Angelakis in 60 meters and Elena Kafourou in long jump.

ET1 will screen all the action from Paris live in the morning and the afternoon, with coverage starting from 10.05 a.m.