Rio Summer Olympics Greek Athlete Recap for August 18, 2016

(Greece) – Activity for the Greek Olympic Team picked up on Day 13 of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio. Greek athletes increased their medal count from four to five with a bronze medal win by the Men’s 470 Dinghy team members, Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis. This is the first earned medal for Greek sailors in this event since it became part of the Olympic games in 1975. Other medal earners include Anna Korakaki, who won both a gold and a bronze in two shooting events, Spyridon Giannotis, a swimmer who earned the silver medal in the 1o kilometer open marathon swim, and Eleftherios Petrounas, who won a gold medal in the men’s rings of the gymnastics competition.

Greek athletes also competed in other events with varying degrees of success. The Men’s Water Polo team won their match against Spain. Although the Greek team was eliminated from medal placement in the quarter final round, several teams still need to compete to be ranked numbers 5-8 in the competition. Since Greece won against Spain, they stand a good chance of being ranked number 5 as the competition progresses.

In track and field, Nicholas Scarvelis has a rank of 27 in men’s shot put after the qualifications. Greek women’s wrestling also competed in the women’s freestyle 53 kilogram competition in both the “round of 16” event and in the quarterfinals. Maria Prevolaraki of Greece was eliminated in the quarterfinals and won’t be advancing to the next round.

Although the Greek athletes didn’t participate in too many events today, it was overall a successful day because the men’s 470 dinghy team won the bronze medal in their event. This year, the Greek Olympic has 92 athletes competing in various events. They still need to compete in rhythmic gymnastics, track and field, and they will also conclude the matches to determine the Greek team’s water polo rankings.

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