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Review: Emmanuel Karalis wins silver at 2019 European U23 Championships (Includes first-hand account)

This year’s European Athletics U23 Championships were held in Gävle, Sweden. In the men’s pole vault competition, Karalis claimed the silver medal for Greece with a clearance of 5.60 meters. After one failure at 5.50 meters, the 19-year-old Greek athlete passed on his remaining attempts at that height, and subsequently raised the bar to 5.60 meters, which he cleared on his first try.

20-year-old German pole vaulter Bo Kanda Lita Baehre won first place with a jump of 5.65 meters, bring home the gold. Frenchman Thibaut Collet won the bronze medal with a clearance of 5.60 meters, same height as Karalis, however, the countback rule worked in Karalis’ favor.

Speaking of Greece, long jumper Miltiadis Tentoglou won the gold medal in the men’s long jump with 8.32 meters, a European-lead mark.

Earlier this year, as Digital Journal reported, Karalis won the national indoor Greek Championships at the Peace and Friendship Stadium (SEF) in Piraeus.

Read More: Emmanuel Karalis chatted with Digital Journal back in February of 2019 about his brand #FlyManoloFly, and the digital transformation of the sport of pole vault.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 20,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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