Greek pole vaulter Emmanuel Karalis has a major reason to be proud. He claimed the silver medal at the 2019 European Athletics U23 Championships.
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.