Katerina Stefanidi kept her appointment with the podium of the winners at the IAAF World Championships London 2017. The medal ceremony is to be held today, Monday.
The Olympic champion of Rio won the gold medal in the Women’s Pole Vault by successfully clearing 4.65 meters of the “lower” jumps and 4.75 meters on her first attempt. Stefanidi also cleared 4.82 meters on her first attempt securing the gold metal and the title of the world champion in London.
Despite a failed attempt at 4.89 she continued her efforts and raised the bar at 4.91 meters which she cleared on her first attempt and this height secured her a new national record.
The athlete also tried to achieve a new record by raising the bar at 5.02 meters, but she made three void attempts.
The Greek state and the majority of the political leadership of the country offered their congratulations to Katerina Stefanidi for the gold medal.
President of the Hellenic Republic, Prokopis Pavlopoulos, expressed his warm congratulations in a telegram to the Greek world champion. “This unique achievement is complemented by your timeless ethos,” said Mr. Pavlopoulos.
“Congratulations to the world champion Katerina Stefanidi who with discrimination & ethos is making us proud,” Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras wrote on Twitter.
“New Democracy” political party leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis congratulated the Greek champion also via his Twitter account: “Congratulations to @KatStefanidi for gold at #London2017. Unbeatable! Unbeatable! It was a great pride for us! “.
Sources: ERT2, sports.ert.gr
Translation: Angeliki Dervou