Miltos Tentoglou successfully defended his long jump title and  defied a knee injury to jump a world lead of 8.35m.

The Greek athlete leapt out to that mark in the first round.

Tentoglou, 22, held on to continue his phenomenal tally of European crowns that includes indoor and outdoor victories at junior, under-23 and senior level.

“After my 8.35 I wasn’t quite sure I would win, but I passed on my next attempts because of a knee injury,” the winner explained. “My patella is in bad shape right now, so the plan was to win this competition with just one jump in qualifying and one in the final. But if Tobias Montler had overtaken me, I might have found the strength to go again and move back into first place.

“I’m in great shape and if it wasn’t for the injury, I could jump 8.50.” he said.