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2003 IAAF World Championships - Paris, France

Kostas Kenteris, the Olympic and World Champion has withdrawn from the World Championships being taken place in Paris this week. He will ot take part in the 200 meter dash. The official statement says that the reson is a groin injury.

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Tasoula Kelesidou won the silver and Katerini Voggoli the bronze medals in the Discus Throw during the World Championships in Paris yesterday. Kelesidou threw the discus 67.14 meters, while Voggoli's throw was 66.73 meters.

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2007 IAAF World Championships - Osaka, Japan

Bahamas' Donald Thomas wins the high jump final with 2.35m. Kyriakos Ioannou makes history for Cyprus getting the bronze medal

29.08.2007 Bahamas Donald Thomas won the gold medal in the dramatic high jump final with a world leading leap at 2.35m. Cypriot Kyriakos Ioannou improved twice his own national record to 2.33m and 2.35m demonstrating not only a perfect form but also an incomparable passion to offer his country the bronze, the first ever medal for Cyprus in the world championships

sorry he won the bronze :huh: still awesome

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2015 IAAF World Championships - Beijing, China

Kyriakopoulou just won Bronze medal at the WC!!!!! Very proud of her!

 

Tsakonas missed out on the final 200m for men.

 

Tomorrow is the final with another clash of the titans Gatlin VS Bolt!

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Kyriakopoulou looked very good, I think she was the first Greek in a long time to win a medal at the WCs. Hopefully she can do the same thing, or better in Rio 2016.

 

Tsakonas will probably be disappointed not to reach the final considering he ran a much better time in his first heat. Even though I doubt he would have won a medal, its still nice to see Greece being represented in the sprinting for a change.

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In the upcoming under 18 World Championship in Nairobi, Kenya, the website has not posted the enter list of athletes. I will assume that Emmanoual Karalis will take part in pole vault after he won bronze in Cali, Colombia 2 years ago in the same event. 

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Greece is not participation for fear of safety for the athletes.

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Kenya is one of the worst countries to host a major track and field event (let alone youth level). 

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As far as Karalis goes, he will be in the Under 20 European Championship in Grosseto, Italy. 

Edited by Molon Lave

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Any word on how many Greek athletes will be taking part in London for the IAAF World Championship? 

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These are the Greek athletes that managed to reach the IAAF entry standards for the World Championships:

Tsakonas  (200m)
Douvalidis  (110m Hurdles)
Filippidis (PV) - injured and might not take part
Tentoglou (LJ)
Tsiamis  (TJ)
Anastasakis  (HT)
Kyriazis  (JT)
Papamichail  (20/50 km Walk)

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Belibasaki  (200 m)
Vasiliou  (400 m)
Stefanidi (PV)
Papachristou  (TJ)
Anagnostopoulou  (DT)
Drisbioti  (20 km Walk)
Zapounidou  (20 km Walk)
 

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Thank you Blackhawk
I sent an e-mail to IAAF to write about that, they said they will post the provisional list by July 31st, 8:00 am local time in Switzerland. 

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Here is an updated list of Greek athletes that reached the entry standards for London:

Tsakonas  (200m - 20.33)
Douvalidis  (110m Hurdles - 13.42)
Filippidis (PV - 5.85m)
Karalis (PV - 5.70m) 
Tentoglou (LJ - 8.30m)
Tsiamis  (TJ - 16.87m)
Anastasakis  (HT - 77.72m)
Kyriazis  (JT - 88.01m)
Papamichail  (20 km Walk - 1:22:46.0)

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Belibasaki  (200 m - 23.00)
Vasiliou  (400 m - 51.86)
Stefanidi (PV - 4.85m)
Papachristou  (TJ - 14.24m)
Anagnostopoulou  (DT - 61.53m)
Drisbioti  (20 km Walk - 1:32:47.0)
Zapounidou  (20 km Walk - 1:34:26.0)
Rebouli  (Marathon - 2:42:38.0)
Privileggio  (Marathon - 2:45:19.0)

There is also a chance that IAAF will extend invitations to some athletes that did not reach the entry standards. The following athletes have a chance to be invited by IAAF:

Tsakonas  (100m)
Keramida  (200m)
Gousin  (HJ)
Pesiridou  (100 m Hurdles)
Alexouli  (LJ)

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I hope Pesiridou makes the cut, she has been in good form this season. Since July 2016 in Amsterdam. As far as Tsakonas goes in the 100m, I think he's better off not to compete with Bolt. lol 

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It's official 

21 Greek athletes will be taking part in the IAAF World Championship at London, UK. 

Pesiridou, Alexouli, and Gousin all make the cut, Keramida didn't. 

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Filippidis is officially out of the World Championships due to his injury. On top of that he is suing people running OAKA Stadium (ie the government) for 480K Euro for negligence causing his injury. 

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Here are my predictions for our Greek athletes 

MEN

Tsakonas - Semifinalist (maybe could reach the finals depending if he can beat his personal time of 20.09)
Douvalidis - Semifinalist (no chance of reaching the finals unless he runs better than his Greek national record of 13.33)
Tsiamis - Won't qualify for the  finals, getting old at 35 
Karalis - Won't qualify for the finals, still too inexperienced at senior level
Tentoglou - Could reach the finals (70% chance) but no medal
Anastasakis - Could reach the finals (50% chance) but no medal
Kyriazis - Should reach the finals and could medal (if he can throw better than 85m consistently) 
Papamichail - Won't medal 

WOMEN 

Belibasaki - Semifinalist (tough group and needs to run better than 22.76 to get to the finals)
Pesiridou - Maybe could reach the semifinals (otherwise no chance at the finals unless she runs better than 12.93 PB)
Vasiliou - Won't make it out of the opening heat 
Stefanidi - Will reach the finals and should medal
Papachristou - Will reach the finals and could medal (only bronze is our hope)
Alexouli - Won't reach the finals
Gousin - Won't reach the finals
Anagnostopoulou - Maybe could reach the finals (needs to throw better than 61.53m, 30% chance) 
Drisbioti, Rebouli, Zapounidou, and Privileggio will all not medal 

 

Edited by Molon Lave

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That's about right. I think we will get only one medal from the Greek athletes. It will come from our Olympic champion Stefanidi. After that probably 1 or 2 athletes will make the finals.  

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Tentoglou only managed 7.79m in the qualifying. Not enough to make the final. He needed to jump 7.91m or more.

In the meantime Stefanidi is sitting out all the heights so far. I think she will make her first attempt at 4.60m

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