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Elina Tzengko throws first in Group B, the automatic spot is 62.50. She is an enigma, we don't know which side of her will show up. The one who throws the big ones over 60 meters or the one who usually throws under 60 meters? 

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Antigoni Drisbioti coming into the 35 km race walk tomorrow with the 5th fastest time of her NR of 2:47:48. As I stated earlier, she has a 50/50 chance to medal. Christina Papadoupolou will also be in this race as she did earlier in the 20 km. Her best time this season is 2:57:39. She could finish in the top 25. Efi Kourkoustaki is our third and final athlete and her SB is 3:11:05. Not the best of the group, I hope she will finish with a PB. 

Emmanuoil Karalis will be performing in Group A, 5.80 is the automatic qualifying spot. It's possible that 5.70 could be enough to get in. Sadly, he only had a SB of 5.61 outdoors while recovering from a bicep injury which forced him to miss the World Indoors in Belgrade. 

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Karalis misses the finals with 5.50, not a good performance. 
Our last Greek athlete to compete is Alexandros Papamichail on Sunday. 
Well, I was very pleased to see Drisbioti performed like an elite athlete, 38 years old and still going strong. Always nice to see a Greek National Record take place at these world championships. 

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The upcoming World Athletics Championships will be at Budapest, Hungary on August 19-27, 2023. 
Here are some of the Greek athletes who passed the entry standard dating back from July 31, 2022. The deadline for the world rankings to end is on July 30, 2023. Entry standards are in parenthesis. 

Miltiadis Tentoglou 8.41 (8.25) 
Katerina Stefanidi 4.75 (4.71) 
Emmanouil Karalis 5.86 (5.81) 
Christos Frantzeskakis 78.20 (78.00) 
Elina Tzengko 65.81 (63.80) 
Antigoni Drisbioti 1:28:12 (20 km 1:29:20) 2:41:58 (35 km 2:51:30) 


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August 2 is the official date for the deadline on athletes who are locked in for the competition. I got the previous date incorrect. The World Athletics website has a section (Stats Zone) under Road to Budapest 23 where you can find a provisional list of athletes who are going to the World Championships. It is updated every Wednesday until August 2. 

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Here are the latest update on the provisional list of Greek athletes who are trying to qualify via world rankings. 
Women's 100 m - Polyniki Emmanouilidou 86th-1174 pts (2 pts behind for 48th place) 
Women's 200 m - Polyniki Emmanouilidou 65th-1158 pts (1 pts behind for 48th place) 
Women's 100 m hurdles - Elisavet Pesiridou 60th-1184 pts (1 pts behind for 40th place) 
Women's 400 m hurdles - Dimitra Gnafaki 47th-1143 pts (40 QP) 
Women's high jump - Tatiana Gusin 30th-1152 pts (27 QP) 
Women's pole vault - Eleni-Klaoudia Polak 43rd-1121 pts (31 QP) 
Women's hammer throw - Stamatia Scarvelis 46th-1109 pts (34 QP) 

Women's 20 km race walk - Kyriaki Filtisakou 47th-1114 pts (38 QP) 
Women's 20 km race walk - Christina Papadopoulou 56th-1100 pts (43 QP) 
Women's 35 km race walk - Kyriaki Filtisakou 27th-1145 pts (26 QP) 
Women's 35 km race walk - Olga Fiaska 42nd-1105 pts (33 QP) 

Men's triple jump - Dimitris Tsiamis 29th-1153 pts (29 QP) 
Men's triple jump - Nikolaos Andrikopoulos 47th-1125 pts (10 pts behind for 36th place) 
Men's triple jump - Andreas Pantazis 57th-1112 pts (23 pts behind for 36th place) 
Men's hammer throw - Michail Anastasakis 16th-1186 pts (17 QP) 
Men's hammer throw - Konstantinos Zaltos 33rd-1150 pts (30 QP) 

Men's 35 km race walk - Alexandros Papamichail 59th-1130 pts (45 QP) 

I believe our female track athletes Pesiridou and Emmanouilidou are going to compete in Budapest. The others mentioned will not likely make it unless they get an invite. 

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Polyniki Emmanouilidou hasn't been able to crack the top 48 at the World Championship for entry to the women's 100 and 200 meters. She is racing in the European Under 23 Championship, hoping to improve on her marks of 11.21 and 22.85 respectfully. Anything here past her personal best will significantly boost her points for the world rankings. Both female hurdlers Elisavet Peseridou (39) and Dimitra Gnafaki (40) are back into the top 40. Andreas Pantazis (34) and Nikolaos Andrikopoulos (36) from men's triple jump cracked the top 36 after both personal and season's best from the Greek Championship. Dimitris Tsiamis still remains at 29. All three male Greek hammer throwers are in the top 36 from Christos Frantzeskakis (via entry standard 78.20), Michail Anastasakis (17) and Kostas Zaltos (33). Stamatia Scarveli is locked up for the World Championship confirmed from SEGA website. Eleni Polak (33) from women's pole vault should be OK to enter along with Katerina Stefanidi (via entry standard 4.75). Tatiana Gusin from women's high jump dropped down to 33 from 29 and we will wait and see if she can survive the cut in 3 weeks unless she manages to improve on her outdoor personal best of 1.92. Panagiota Dosi has a chance to try to get into the World Championship. She will need to improve on her 1.88. She is competing in European Under 23 Championship. All of the race walkers are locked in. 

Antigoni Drisbioti - via entry standard from both 20 km and 35 km 
Kyriaki Fitisakou - via world ranking from both 20 km and 35 km
Christina Papadopoulou - via world ranking from 20 km 
Olga Fiaska - via world ranking from 35 km 
Alexandros Papamichail - via world ranking from 35 km 

Just to make a note for the track events, the entry standard for the women's 100 meters is 11.08, 22.60 for the women's 200 meters, 12.78 for the women's 100 meter hurdles and 54.90 for the women's 400 meter hurdles. 

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The latest world rankings for our Greek athletes who are currently in position for qualification. 

Elisavet Pesiridou - QP (40) out of 40 - women's 100 m hurdles 
Dimitra Gnafaki - QP (40) out of 40 - women's 400 m hurdles 
Eleni-Klaoudia Polak - QP (33) out of 36 - women's pole vault
Tatiana Gusin - QP (31) out of 36 - women's high jump
Panagiota Dosi - QP (35) out of 36 - women's high jump
Stamatia Scarvelis - QP (27) out of 36 - women's hammer throw
Dimitris Tsiamis - QP (29) out of 36 - men's triple jump
Andreas Pantazis - QP (36) out of 36 - men's triple jump
Michail Anastasakis - QP (18) out of 36 - men's hammer throw 
Kostas Zaltos - QP (34) out of 36 - men's hammer throw 

Some noticeable athletes outside from the world rankings have a chance to claim 2 spots via Wild Card or invites. 

Polyniki Emmanouilidou - women's 100 m and 200 m 
Nikolaos Andrikopoulos - men's triple jump
Odysseus Mouzenidis - men's shop put 
Ioannis Kyriazis - men's javelin throw 


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Here are the latest update 
It appears that 20 Greek athletes are officially going to Budapest. This Sunday will be the final day of the updated world rankings. 

The ones who are going 
1. Miltos Tentoglou 
2. Christos Frantzeskakis 
3. Aikaterini Stefanidi 
4. Antigoni Drisbioti (20 & 35 km)
5. Elina Tzengko
6. Panagiota Dosi 
7. Tatiana Gusin
8. Polyniki Emmanouilidou (200 m)
9. Dimitra Gnafaki
10. Eleni-Klaoudia Polak
11. Dimitrios Tsiamis
12. Michail Anastasakis
13. Kostas Zaltos
14. Stamatia Scarvelis
15. Alexandros Papamichail 
16. Christina Papadopoulou (20 km)
17. Kyriaki Filtisakou (20 & 35 km)
18. Olga Fiaska (35 km) 
19. Emmanouil Karalis 
20. Ioannis Kyriazis

The ones who are in the world rankings, but are not lock up a spot
Andreas Pantazis (36/36) 

The ones who are outside of the world rankings, but are still in the hunt 
Elisavet Pesiridou (42/40) 3 points behind 
Odysseus Mouzenidis (41/36) 17 points behind 
Nikolaos Andrikopoulos (38/36) 1 point behind 

Polyniki Emmanouilidou can only take part in the women's 100 m if she gets one of two invites from the World Athletics, which is common for this prior to the World Championships. I hope she gets in and race. 


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The final world rankings are in and 18 Greek athletes are heading to Budapest
With the exception that Konstantinos Zaltos (he is currently at 37 Quota World Ranking) would likely be replaced because French hammer thrower Quentin Bigot could be out of the World Championship after surgery for his herniated disk. Ioannis Kyriazis dropped out of the top 36 from 33 to 40 and will not take part. Andreas Pantazis also dropped out of the top 36 from 36 to 40. The invitation for the two addition Greek athletes is possible later this week. 

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4 Greek athletes were given invitation by the World Athletics 

Andreas Pantazis 
Nikolaos Andrikopoulos 
Odysseus Mouzenidis 
Kostas Zaltos 

As I stated earlier, Zaltos will likely go to Budapest as a replacement from one of the hammer throwers who will likely miss the competition. 

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I wish World Athletics gave one of the invitations to Kyriazis or Pesiridou instead of one of the triple jumpers. I am sure the past doping violation by Kyriazis had an impact on that decision.

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Alexandros Papamichail got an invitation to race the 20km race walk. Yet, he is nowhere near the top 50 for Quota World Rankings. If they can do this, why not give Polyniki Emmanouilidou a spot for the 100m since she is only ranked behind 11 eligible sprinters ahead of her? Elisavet Pesiridou indeed should be given an invitation over Nikolaos Andrikopoulos. 

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22 Greek athletes are going to Budapest as we expected announced from SEGAS

Emmanouil Karalis - (Pole Vault) 
Odysseus Mouzenidis - (Shot Put)
Miltiadis Tentoglou - (Long Jump) 
Christos Frantzeskakis - (Hammer Throw) 
Michail Anastasakis - (Hammer Throw) 
Kostas Zaltos - (Hammer Throw) 
Dimitrios Tsiamis - (Triple Jump)
Andreas Pantazis - (Triple Jump) 
Nikolaos Andrikopoulos - (Triple Jump) 
Alexandros Papamichail - (20km & 35km Race Walk) 

Polyniki Emmanouilidou - (200m) 
Dimitra Gnafaki - (400m Hurdles) 
Stamatia Scarvelis - (Hammer Throw) 
Elina Tzengko - (Javelin Throw)
Aikaterini Stefanidi - (Pole Vault) 
Eleni-Klaoudia Polak - (Pole Vault) 
Tatiana Gusin - (High Jump) 
Panagiota Dosi - (High Jump) 
Antigoni Drisbioti - (20km & 35 km Race Walk) 
Kyriaki Filtisakou - (20km & 35km Race Walk) 
Christina Papadopoulou - (20km & 35 km Race Walk) 
Olga Fiaska - (35km Race Walk) 


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Season bests for 2023 

Emmanouil Karalis (Pole Vault) PB 5.86 (i) SB 5.82   
Miltiadis Tentoglou (Long Jump) PB 8.60 SB 8.41 (i) 
Nikolaos Andrikopoulos (Triple Jump) PB 16.73 SB 16.58 (i)
Andreas Pantazis (Triple Jump) PB 16.91 SB 16.91 
Dimitrios Tsiamis (Triple Jump) PB 17.55 SB 16.52 (i) 
Odysseas Mouzenidis (Shot Put) PB 19.98 SB 19.98
Michail Anastasakis (Hammer Throw) PB 77.72 SB 77.42 
Christos Frantzeskakis (Hammer Throw) PB 78.20 SB 76.68 
Kostas Zaltos (Hammer Throw) PB 76.33 SB 76.33 
Alexandros Papamichail (20km Race Walk) PB 1:21:12 SB 1:24:52
(35km Race Walk) PB 2:34:48 SB 2:37:25

Polyniki Emmanouilidou (200m) PB 22.85 SB 22.85 
Dimitra Gnafaki (400m Hurdles) PB 56.14 SB 56.24 
Panagiota Dosi (High Jump) PB 1.91 SB 1.91 
Tatiana Gusin (High Jump) PB 1.94 (i) SB 1.92 
Aikaterini Stefanidi (Pole Vault) PB 4.91 SB 4.62 
Eleni-Klaoudia Polak (Pole Vault) PB 4.71 (i) SB 4.46 
Stamatia Scarvelis (Hammer Throw) PB 71.43 SB 69.79
Elina Tzengko (Javelin Throw) PB 65.81 SB 63.65
Christina Papadopoulou (20km Race Walk) PB 1:32:53 SB 1:33:52
Olga Fiaska (35km Race Walk) PB 2:58:44 SB 2:58:44 
Kyriaki Filtisakou (20km Race Walk) PB 1:32:23 SB 1:33:08 
(35km Race Walk) PB 2:51:51 SB 2:55:00 
Antigoni Drisbioti (20km Race Walk) PB 1:28:12 SB 1:28:12 
(35km Race Walk) 2:41:58 SB (Did not race this season) 

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Scheduled programs for the Greek athletes 
Local times posted in Budapest 

Saturday, August 19 
08:50 Men's 20km Race Walk Final - Papamichail 
10:30 Men's Shot Put Qualification - Mouzenidis
12:00 Men's Hammer Throw Qualification (Group A) - Anastasakis, Frantzeskakis, Zaltos
13:40 Men's Hammer Throw Qualification (Group B) - Anastasakis, Frantzeskakis, Zaltos
19:35 Men's Triple Jumps Qualification - Tsiamis, Pantazis, Andrikopoulos
20:35 Men's Shot Put Final

Sunday, August 20 
07:15 Women's 20km Race Walk Final - Drisbioti, Filtisakou, Papadopoulou
17:50 Men's Hammer Throw Final 

Monday, August 21 
18:40 Women's Pole Vault Qualification - Stefanidi, Polak
18:50 Women's 400m Hurdles Heats - Gnafaki
19:40 Men's Triple Jump Final

Tuesday, August 22 
20:25 Women's 400m Hurdles Semifinals 

Wednesday, August 23 
10:15 Men's Pole Vault Qualification - Karalis
10:20 Women's Javelin Throw Qualification (Group A) - Tzengko 
11:15 Men's Long Jump Qualification - Tentoglou
11:55 Women's Javelin Throw Qualification (Group B) - Tzengko
12:05 Women's 200m Heats - Emmanouilidou
19:00 Women's Hammer Throw Qualification (Group A) - Scarvelis
19:30 Women's Pole Vault Final
20:35 Women's Hammer Throw Qualification (Group B) - Scarvelis

Thursday, August 24
07:00 Men's 35km Race Walk Final - Papamichail
07:00 Women's 35km Race Walk Final - Drisbioti, Fiaska
19:30 Men's Long Jump Final 
19:45 Women's 200m Semifinals 
20:15 Women's Hammer Throw Final 
21:50 Women's 400m Hurdles Final 

Friday, August 25 
10:20 Women's High Jump Qualification - Gusin, Dosi 
20:20 Women's Javelin Throw Final 
21:40 Women's 200m Final 

Saturday, August 26
19:25 Men's Pole Vault Final 

Sunday, August 27
20:05 Women's High Jump Final 

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For the first time of his hammer throw career, Michail Anastasakis will take part in the World Championship men's hammer throw finals thanks to his last effort throw of 75.76m. His surgery in the offseason really helped him improve his throwing strength and technique. Christos Frantzeskakis (Last year's World Championship finalist) didn't make the cut as he finished 14th place at 74.05m. A disappointing season for him. Kostas Zaltos finished 30th in his World Championship debut of 69.98m. 

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Except for Anastasakis, really disappointing results so far. Specially for the triple jumpers. OK, Tsiamis is a veteran at 42 years old and always gives his best, but the other two? Jumping under 15 meters in the qualifying of the world championships? Not acceptable.

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Very unfortunate moment for Stefanidi. She came in injured and still competed hard as she could, didn't get a single mark at 4.50. Polak finishing at 4.35m. On the positive side, Gnafaki got a SB of 56.18 (28th place). 

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Wednesday will be another busy day for the Greek athletes, four performing in the morning session and one in the afternoon. First will be Karalis (5th in the order from Group B). 5.80 is the automatic mark for qualification, but it's possible to get in prior to that mark depending on how many pole vaulters pass 5.75. Surprisingly enough, Karalis has never qualified for the finals at a European (Outdoors) and World (Outdoors). That could change soon. Tentoglou jumps first in Group A, should get past 8.15 to qualify automatically. Tzengo throws in Group B, 61.50 is the spot to get in. I think 59 meters might be enough to get in. She really needs to bring it and not perform poorly like she did in Eugene last year. Emmanouilidou races in the second heat. Top 3 gets in automatically with the 6 fastest time for non-automatic qualifiers. She will need to improve her lifetime best of 22.85 to stand a chance to advance into the semifinals. She will be racing with the likes of Sha'Carri Richardson and Marie-Josse Ta Lou. Finally, Scarvelis throws in Group A (5th in the order). Will need to throw well beyond 70 meters to have any chance. Sadly, her season's best has only been 69.79. Not very confident for her. 

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