Rio Olympics Greek Athlete Recap for August 8, 2016

(Greece) – During the third day of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio, the Greek team had some clear successes. The day started out well with the men’s water polo match against Serbia, which ended in a 9-9 tie. The Greek water polo team is currently in second place in the standings with a score of 3, just behind Brazil, who has a score of 4. Serbia is currently ranked ranked in third place along with Hungary – both teams have a score of 2. The Greek team is scheduled to play Hungary on Wednesday and if they win the match, they could even be in the running for a gold medal.

Greece didn’t medal in the women’s saber fencing event. Greek athlete Vaso Vougiouka managed to make it through the preliminary round but eventually lost a match to Yana Egorian, a member of the Russian Olympic Team. Egorian eventually went on to win the gold medal in the event.

In the Men’s coxless four rowing event, the Greek team finished in fifth place in the heats. In windsurfing, athlete Byron Kokkalanis finished in second place in the preliminaries for both race 1 and race 2 for the Men’s RS:X event. Angeliki Skarlatou finished in 16th place for the Women’s RS:X and in 17th place during race 2 of the preliminaries. Both athletes will continue on to the next round of competition for windsurfing.

Greek athletes also participated in the men’s 200 meter butterfly swimming event. Stefanos Dimitriadis, the Greek champion, ended the qualifying round in sixth place and put up a number of 1:56:76. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to make it to the next round.

Greece has 92 athletes competing in this year’s Olympic Games. The Greek team logged its first medal when Anna Korakaki earned a bronze medal in the air pistol competition. Kokkalanis is one of the favorites to win a medal in the windsurfing event. He missed the chance to be on the 2008 Olympic Team for windsurfing and he finished in 6th place at the London Olympics in 2012.  He competes in another round of preliminaries today, August 9, 2016.

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