Greece’s Katerina Stefanidi wins second place in Europe, for her pole vault jump, at the European Athletics Championship.

The world renown pole vaulter, now 34, returned to the podium for the first time since the 2022 European Championships in Munich, to take home a silver medal.

The competition was ultimately won by Switzerland’s Angeliki Moser, who was awarded the gold medal for her jump of 4.78 meters, also breaking a national record.

Athletics – European Athletics Championships – Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy – June 10, 2024 Switzerland’s Angelica Moser celebrates after winning the women’s pole vault final alongside second placed Greece’s Aikaterini Stefanidi and third placed Britain’s Molly Caudery REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel

Stefanidi is no stranger to the podium, having taken home the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. She was the 2017 World Champion, and earned a bronze metal at the 2017 World Championship.

The European Athletics Championships is a biennial athletics event, organized since 2010 by the European Athletics Association, and is recognized as the elite continental outdoor athletics championships for Europe.