Antigoni Drisbioti showcased her talent and determination by claiming the gold medal for Greece at the European Race Walking Team Championships in the Czech Republic on Sunday.
Drisbioti’s outstanding performance came in the highly competitive 20km walk race, where she clocked 1 hour, 29 minutes, and 17 seconds.
This achievement marked the third-best performance of her illustrious career, solidifying her status as a top contender in the sport.
Reflecting on her victory, the 39-year-old athlete expressed her satisfaction with her race strategy, which allowed her to maintain control throughout the event.
“It was an extraordinary race. The competition featured elite athletes vying for medals on the global stage. By adhering to the well-crafted plan developed with my coach, I executed the race flawlessly. I remained composed and in control,” Drisbioti said after her win.
Previously, she earned gold medals in both the 20km walk and 35km race walk at the 2022 European Athletics Championships, becoming the first Greek athlete to achieve a double victory in the history of the event.
Drisbioti also participated in the Chemist Warehouse Australian 20km Race Walk Championships held at Fawkner Park in South Yarra, Victoria, in February of this year.
Here, she secured the second-place finish, completing the race in just 1 hour, 28 minutes, and 12 seconds.
Her time in Australia not only secured her spot at the upcoming Paris Olympic Games but also established a new pan-Hellenic record with a performance that surpassed the previous record set by Athena Papagianni during the Athens Olympic Games, further solidifying Drisbioti’s position as a trailblazer in Greek race walking.