SPORTS

In Brief

Costas Philippidis clears 5.62 m in pole vault The national indoor track and field championship produced little excitement in terms of memorable performances but has confirmed that though there are but a few major names in the local sport, competition in the medium to lower tiers is still strong. The most remarkable performance in the weekend’s action in Paeania, eastern Attica, was by pole vaulter Costas Philippidis, who cleared 5.62 meters on Sunday. He will be one of the seven athletes to represent Greece in the World Indoor Track and Field Championship to be held from March 12-14 in Doha, Qatar. The other six will be Dimitris Tsiamis (triple jump), Michalis Stamatogiannis (shot put), Angelos Angelakis (60 meters), for the men, and Nicole Kyriakopoulou, Afroditi Skafida (both pole vault) and Athanasia Perra (triple jump). Olympiakos undertakes women’s water polo F4 Olympiakos will be the host of the Champions Cup Final Four in women’s water polo, the sport’s governing body in Europe (LEN) announced yesterday. The finals will take place on the island of Corfu on April 9-10, featuring one more Greek team, Vouliagmeni, which is also the holder of the trophy, as well as Italy’s Orizzonte Catania and Russia’s Kinef Kirishi. The draw for the semifinals will take place on Monday, March 8. Rugby win The national rugby team offered Patra fans an impressive display on Saturday, as it downed visiting Finland 31-10 and edged closer to promotion to FIRA Group 3B. Greece, now coached by Olivier Magne scored five tries at the Pampeloponnisiako Stadium. PAO shares Panathinaikos soccer club decided yesterday to proceed with a share capital increase by at least 15 million euros to be completed by end-May, its president, Nikos Pateras, announced.