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Pole vaulters take to the streets of the Greek capital Athens

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Pole vaulters take to the streets of the Greek capital Athens

<p>Athens Street Pole Vault is becoming a tradition in the Greek capital. <b></b> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">LIVE</span> στην ΕΡΤ η μετάδοση του Athens Street Pole Vault! O Emmanuel είναι σε top φόρμα οπότε μην τον χάσεις… <a href="https://t.co/nvfGeFWUM2">pic.twitter.com/nvfGeFWUM2</a></p>— Red Bull Greece (<code>redbullGRE) <a href="https://twitter.com/redbullGRE/status/730028877440004098">May 10, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <b></b> The fourth edition graced Syntagma Square with the Greek parliament as the backdrop,thankfully not the centre of attention for a change. <b></b> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">This is <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Athens?src=hash">#Athens</a> through our eyes!<br>Street Pole Vault, Syntagma square <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/in_Athens?src=hash">#in_Athens</a><br>by: stella__p<a href="https://t.co/3W9W2MAVeE">https://t.co/3W9W2MAVeE</a> <a href="http://t.co/qKfAcrdxgG">pic.twitter.com/qKfAcrdxgG</a></p>&mdash; In Athens (</code>in_athens) <a href="https://twitter.com/in_athens/status/601784383830421504">May 22, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <b></b><br /> Hundreds of fans turned up to get close to the athletes as they prepare for the Rio Olympics. <b></b> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/euronews?src=hash">#euronews</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Athens?src=hash">#Athens</a>, Greece: street <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/polevault?src=hash">#polevault</a> event reaches new heights <a href="http://t.co/YVyI2fnbCZ">http://t.co/YVyI2fnbCZ</a> <a href="http://t.co/AIeQAQoffN">pic.twitter.com/AIeQAQoffN</a></p>— • (<code>Areopolis) <a href="https://twitter.com/Areopolis/status/597717406874738688">May 11, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <b></b> In the women's event Czech Jirina Ptacnikova secured third place with a jump of 4.40m. <b></b> Robeilys Peinado from Venezuela vaulted 4.50 m for second sport. <b></b> The home crowd cheered a Greek victory delivered by Ekaterini Stefanidi with a winning vault of 4.65m. <b></b> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"tw-align-center data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Retweet <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Stefanidi?src=hash">#Stefanidi</a> to vote for Greece’s Ekaterini Stefanidi as your <a href="https://twitter.com/EuroAthletics"></code>EuroAthletics</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/athleteofthemonth?src=hash">#athleteofthemonth</a> for April <a href="http://t.co/tCnZhapW6l">pic.twitter.com/tCnZhapW6l</a></p>— European Athletics (@EuroAthletics) <a href="https://twitter.com/EuroAthletics/status/594147587458015234">May 1, 2015</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <b></b><br /> It is a big year for the vaulters explained the winner:“For sure in the back of my mind I think of an Olympic medal, but this year I am thinking step by step and that helps me. I want to be healthy and the first big tournament is the European Championships. The Olympics seem a bit far away from now. <b></b><br /> “More Greek success in the men’s event with Dimitris Patsoukakis finishing in third place. <b></b><br /> Piotr Lisek finished second the Pole vaulted <br /> 5.60m. <b></b><br /> Greece’s indoor world champion Kostas Filippidis took the victory and is gunning for a Rio medal but knows Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie will be tough to beat: “Lavillenie has shown what he is capable of, he is one of the best in the world. But when you compete in the Olympics you don’t think who will be first or second or who wins. You try to do your best, you try to win and I think everything is open.” <b></b><br /> Euronews reporter in Athens is Ioannis Karagiorgas: “Greece is lucky to have some of the best pole vaulters in the world. Hundreds of Greeks and foreign fans had the opportunity to enjoy their performances up close”</p>