Long jumper Miltiadis Tentoglou to auction his shoes for Turkey Victims

Miltiadis Tentoglou was wearing the Black Panther edition of Adidas long jump shoes, which were launched in a limited edition.

Miltiadis Tentoglou at the European Championships 2022 (Image Credits - European Athletics)
By Abhiruchi Rout | Feb 23, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Miltiadis Tentoglou, the Greek long jumper, will auction his shoes, with the earnings going to children affected by the earthquake that caused destruction in southern Turkey, killing thousands of people. The Olympic and World Championships gold medalist wore those sports shoes as he jumped 8.40 meters at the Torun competition in Poland. Nevertheless, World Athletics, then known as the International Amateur Athletic Federation, dismissed his accomplishment.  According to reports, World Athletics’ judgement was supported by the argument that the shoes worn by the athlete are not permitted during long jump contests. Tentoglou was wearing the Black Panther edition of Adidas long jump shoes, which were launched in a limited edition.

Tentoglou and his coach, Giorgos Pomaski, both fiercely denied any wrongdoing with the sportswear. At the following athletic competition, which was held in France, the Greek champion took revenge on the Athletics federation by jumping 8.41. Miltos expressed his displeasure on Twitter with the organization shortly after his win at the Meeting Hauts-de-France Pas-de-Calais Lievin 2023. At his most recent track and field competition, the Madrid Indoor Gold Tour, Miltos survived a scare by taking first place thanks to a longer second jump of 8.07 meters. His highest recorded leap was 8.15 meters. Olympic bronze medalist Maykel Masso of Cuba also jumped an indoor personal best of 8.15 meters in round four, although his second-highest leap was only 7.98 meters.

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Miltos’ Achievements

Miltiadis Tentoglou claimed both the outdoor and indoor World Championships in 2022, placing sixth overall in the indoor category with a leap of 8.55 meters. This is also the current Greek indoor record. His outdoor personal best is 8.60 m. Tentoglou has won four European titles in a row: the 2018 European Championships in Berlin, when he became the youngest Greek male to win a continental gold. He then went on to win the 2019 European Indoor Championships in Glasgow, the 2021 European Indoor Championships in Torun, and the 2022 European Championships in Munich, where he set a championship record. He also clinched the long jump competition in the Diamond League in 2022.

Earthquakes in Turkey

The Interior Minister of Turkey, Suleyman Soylu, announced overnight that the death toll from this month’s deadly earthquakes had increased to 43,556. Soylu told TRT Haber, the Turkish news and current affairs channel, that there had been 7,930 aftershocks since the first earthquake on February 6, 2023. More than 600,000 apartments and 150,000 commercial properties had experienced moderate damage.

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