Greek Indoor Championships report
Michalis Nikitaridis for IAAF
The 14th Greek Indoor Championships were held in Pireaus, Greece on February 20 and 21. Although the championships were marked by the absence of the top Greek athletes who prepare for the International Meeting "Athinae 99" held in Pireaus on February 24, enough remarkable performances were set.
During the first day of the Champs, the pole vaulter Georgia Tsilliggiri cleared 4.20 m. setting her second national record, as she had cleared 4,15m. before and passed the standard for the World Championships. Niki Xanthou improved her season's best with a jump at 6.67 m. and the world indoor champion of Paris, Charalambos Papadias started his indoor season, winning the 60 m. in 6.62. Remarkable performances by Tania Tambaki (60m hurdles: 8.26, second Greek all time), Chryssa Goudenoudi (400 m: 53.97, second Greek all time) and Constantinos Liapis (high jump: 2.25 m.)
On Sunday, Paraskevi Tsiamita won the triple jump, impoving her personal best to 14.35 while she had two more jumps at 14,25m. and 14.10 m. The Cypriot Prodromos Katsantonis won the 200m (21.13). The second day was marked by the hopefull comeback of Anastassios Makrynikolas who won the long jump with 7.83 m. and the personal best of the young shot put thrower Vaios Tigas who won with 19.17 m.
The athletics meetings in Greece include next Wednesday the International Meeting Athinae 1999, in which top world athletes are going to participate. Among them Merlene Ottey, Monica Dinescu, Brian Lewis, Tim Montgomery, Rodica Mateescu, Hanne Haugland, Ionela Tirlea, Svetlana Dimitrova, Tereza Marinova and the Greeks Katerina Thanou, Kostas Kenteris, Olga Vasdeki, Charalambos Papadias, Niki Xanthou and other athletes.
Full results are available at: www.athletix.gr