Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou (Greek: Νικολέτα Κυριακοπούλου, born March 21, 1986) is a Greek pole vaulter. Her friends call her Nikol. She won the bronze medal at the World Championship in Beijing in 2015. During the 2015 season she set five Greek records (indoor and outdoor) raising the bar to 4,83 meters. The same year, she became the first Greek athlete to win the IAAF Diamond League Overall Ranking in pole vault.
Her first success in a major event was in 2012, when she won the bronze medal at the European Championship in Helsinki. She also was a finalist (8th place) at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu. She also was the winner of the 2009 Mediterranean Games with a new Games record of 4.50 meters.
For 2015 Nikol is ranked 1st by Track and Field News magazine, the Bible of our sport, 2nd in the All Athletics “World Rankings” and 3rd at the “IAAF Top List” for 2015, while she also climbed to the 6th place at the “All Time List” for woman pole vault.
Nikol’s club is “AGES Kameiros 2009”, based in Rhodos island in Greece. Her coach since she was 16y until 2016 was Mr. Manolis Karagiannis.
After Rio Olympics, were I was unable to compete due a serious injury, I decided with my husband that I needed a break as 15 years of non stop training and competitions is a long time. To become a mom is for every woman a life-time medal! My little girl was born end May 2017 and brought joy and happiness in our life.
After the summer of 2017 I started my preparation again, but this time a also chose a new coach. Andreas Tsonis, was an ex pole vaulter himself with many Greek National Records achieved by his athletes until today.
- Outdoor: 4.83m
- Indoor: 4.81m
AWARDS & HONOURS
- 1 x IAAF World Championships Bronze medalist – 2015
- 1 x European Championships Bronze medalist – 2012
- 1 x Diamond League Overall winner – 2015
- 3 x IAAF World Championships finalist – 8th place/2011, 6th place/2004 WJC
- 5 x Diamond League meeting winner
- 2 x IAAF World Indoor Championship finalist – 6th place/2016 & 12thplace/2014