Επιστροφή στο Forum : Greek National Championship

13-06-10, 02:24
Day 1
Despite the large variety of problems the Greek Track and Field has been facing lately, the National Championship kicked off on Saturday morning at Patra (Pampelloponisiako Stadio).
It was just a matter of time for Costas Douvalidis to hit the automatic standard for the European Championship. And so he did, running the 110m Hurdles in 13"52 and finishing first. Stella Papadopoulou also threw her hammer 70.80m, over the high standard of 70m. Finally, Spyros Lebesis will join Douvalidis and Papadopoulou since he had a throw at 82.90m, and he exceeded the 81m mark which was the high standard.

Some other action in the field and also quite a remarkable performance was Aggelakis's 10.42 (10.38 SEGAS Standard) in the 100m leaving Stergioulis in the 2nd place and Koutsotheodorou in 3rd. In the women's 100m, Kokloni after running the standard during the morning prelims, won with 11.46. Ferra finished second with a new PB 11.81, and Kobidou was third with the time of 12.01.

Nicole Kyriakopoulou did not compete in the women's Pole Vault Final due to the well-known now new clause of the law regarding rewards that have been awarded through athletic achievements. Nonetheless, Afroditi Skafida kept up the high level of the event clearing the bar on 4.40m

In the 3000m Steeplechase, Akis Anagnostou won with 8.57.99, while in the 400m Gravalos won with a strong finish running 47.02. In the 1500m Dimitrakis and Filandra dominated for the men's and the women's event respectively. In the women's Long Jump Perra was the winner with 6.23m. At the men's Triple Jump, Tsiamis was close to the standard once again winning with 16.59m. Finally, Baniotis cleared the 2.20m bar and won the men's High Jump.

14-06-10, 16:06
The second day wrapped up the Greek National Championship without the expected performances. Unfortunately, no athlete achieved any standard for the European Championship at Barcelona. Louis Tsatoumas was the winner of the men's Long Jump with 7.78m, but he had only three attempts and after that he withdrew from the competition because of soreness. Obviously, his problem hasn't healed up, and for this reason it is more likely for the 2nd in the event, Mihalis Mertzanidis, to go and compete at the European Team Championship next weekend.

In the 400m Hurdles, Pericles Iakovakis was the irrefutable favorite for the race, and he won with 50.34 leaving the second place for his brother Sotiris who marked 50.58. Neither one of them were satisfied by their time, Pericles also said that he never expected a time over 50", and he couldn't believe it even after his time was announced since the clock had stopped earlier. In the women's event. Christina Chatzi was the winner with 58.22 taking the early lead in the race.

The 200m sprinters had a hard time running fast because of the strong headwind. Lykourgos Tsakonas won with the time of 20.98. On the women's side, Karastamati had a good start, but Ferra passed her getting in the final stretch winning with 23.85. At the women's Triple, Perra jumped 14.57m showing that she is in a very good shape and very consistent. Grammatikopoulou was second, and Papachristou third.

Positive was the performance of Antonia Stergiou at the women's High Jump. She cleared 1.87m staying away from the standard of 1.91m, but it is very likely for her to achieve it in the next meets. In the men's Pole Vault, Costas Filippidis won with 5.50m, while in the women's Javelin Savva Lika got away with the win as well.

Costas Nakopoulos and Eleni Filandra had relatively easy job winning the 800s with 1.49.96 and 2.03.91 respectively. In the final event of the night, the 4x400m relays the winning team on the men's side was Panionios, and EAR for the women.

14-06-10, 17:40
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