Greece won two silver medals on the final day of the European Indoor Track & Field Championships in Prague on Sunday, as Antonis Mastoras and Katerina Stefanidi finished second in the men’s high jump and the women’s pole vault respectively.
Mastoras cleared a personal best 2.31 meters to finish joint-second with Italy’s Silvano Chesani in the final, behind winner Daniyil Tsyplakov from Russia. The Greek jumper beat expectations and his achievement was a surprise for Greek track and field.
Stefanidi, on the other hand, was always a favorite for a medal, and came close to her personal best of 4.77 meters, clearing 4.75 m. in Prague. She only trailed Russia’s Anzhelika Sidorova who successfully negotiated 4.80 m.
Stefanidi actually tried to win gold right at the end by choosing to take on a height she had never beaten, 4.85 m., and she failed.
Unlike Stefanidi, Greek record holder Nicole Kyriakopoulou fared poorly to finish joint fifth, as she only cleared 4.50 m. a few days after making 4.80 m.
All in all, the final tally of two silver medals, plus a fourth place, two fifths and a sixth spot in the Europeans is not bad at all for Greek track and field given the financial conditions in the country and the sport in particular.