Rio Summer Olympics Greek Athlete Recap for August 18, 2016

(Greece) – There wasn’t much activity for the Greek Olympic team on Day 12 of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics and the medal count remains at four. Anna Korakaki won both a gold and a bronze medal in two shooting events. Spyridon Gianniotis won a silver medal in the men’s 10 kilometer marathon open swim after the results came down to a photo finish. Eleftherios Petrounas won a gold medal in men’s rings in gymnastics.

The Greek track and field athletes are the only ones who participated in the games today. Mihail Anastasakis finished with a rank of 20 in the men’s hammer throw during the qualifications round of competition. Lykourgos-Stefanos Tsakonas finished with a rank of 7 in the men’s 200 meter in the third round of the semifinals.

Despite the fact that the Greek athletes didn’t compete in many competitions during Day 12, there are still plenty of events that they will participate in. In sailing, for the men’s 470 dinghy, Greek athletes stand a very good chance of winning a medal and they are currently ranked in second place with 38 points. The wrestling competition will be underway on Day 13, and the men’s water polo team is scheduled to play Spain to determine where the Greek team will fall in the rankings. The water polo team, however, was eliminated in the quarterfinals and won’t be receiving a medal.

The 2016 Greek Olympic Team is smaller than it usually is – they only have 92 total athletes who were participating in the games. During the 2004 games, which took place in Athens, the Greek team had 426 athletes. In 2008, the Greeks had 156 athletes, and in 2012 they had 103. Many blame the current recession on the fact that the numbers have been low over the past few Summer Olympics. Budget cuts have prevented many of the athletes from finding a solid place to train for their events.


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