ATHENS, June 25 (Xinhua) — Polish athlete Piotr Lisek won the 7th annual Athens Street Pole Vault men’s contest on Tuesday, clearing 5.84 meters to break the event’s record.
The previous record was made by German Bjorn Otto in the first edition in 2013 with 5.83 meters.
“It was once again a great meeting and I am happy I broke the event’s record. The crowd is always very supportive. We faced difficulties today, but I proved that I am getting close to my target for this year which is to reach the 6 meters,” Lisek said.
Greece’s Emmanouil Karalis and Konstantinos Filippidis ranked second and third clearing the bar at 5.71 meters and 5.61 meters respectively in front of Zappeion hall, one of the emblematic venues of the Greek capital which was constructed for the first modern Olympic Games of 1896.
Filippidis, the 2014 world champion, had won the 5th Athens Street Pole Vault event and Greece’s Olympic champion Katerina Stephanidis was the winner of the 6th edition.