The Icelandic middle-distance track athlete Aníta Hinriksdóttir won the bronze yesterday in the 800 m competition at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, RÚV reports. She completed the distance at 2:01.25. This is the 21-year-old’s first medal at a major championship as an adult. She won the gold in the 800 m at the 2013 World Youth Championships and at the 2013 European Junior Championships.
Selina Büchel from Switzerland won the gold yesterday, thereby defending her European Championship title. Her time was 2:00.38. Sheylana Oskan-Clarke From the UK came in second at 2:00.39.
Aníta is the first Icelander in 19 years to win a medal at an indoor European Championship. Prior to her, Icelanders who have won European Championship medal are Hreinn Halldórsson who won the gold in shot put in 1977, Vala Flosadóttir who won the gold and bronze in pole vault in 1996 and 1998, respectively, and Jón Arnar Magnússon, who won the bronze in heptathlon in 1997.
Icelandic President Guðni Th. Jóhannesson congratulated Aníta on the achievement on his Facebook page.