HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — With one hurdle left, something snapped.
It wasn’t a bone or anything that serious, but Greek athlete Periklis Iakovakis somehow lost power and quickly dropped from first to last in the European Championship 400-meter hurdles final, unable to summon enough energy to keep going strong.
It’s that kind of an Olympic year for athletes from crisis-hit European nations preparing for the London Games — always another obstacle.
“Of course, the crisis affects you because the world of athletics, the world of sports, it is part of society,” Iakovakis told The Associated Press. “If you consider I have a family and I have two children, everything is inside my mind because I also have to think of the future.”