(Greece) – Panagiotis Mantis and Pavlos Kagialis from Greece won the bronze medal in the Men’s 470 Dinghy sailing race on Thursday, August 19, 2016 at the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics. This is Greece’s fifth total medal and the country’s second bronze. Anna Korakaki, an Olympic shooter, won the other bronze in one of the shooting events (as well as a gold medal). The race was supposed to have taken place on Wednesday but was postponed because the winds weren’t strong enough for the race. In the race, Croatia won the gold medal and Australia won the silver.
Going into the finals, the Greek team was in second place but the team from Croatia, Sime Fantela and Igor Marenic, were tough competitors. Like the Greeks, the Croatian team had earned enough points during the competition to stand a good chance at winning a medal. Even though the Greeks were in second place entering the finals, they made a crucial mistake during the final race, which enabled Australia to overtake them. At the end of the race, the Greek and Australian teams both had 58 points but the Australians beat the Greeks in the final race. The Greek team has said that they are pleased to have earned a medal and that they have a lot of respect for their tough competitors. The Australian team earned the gold medal during the 2012 London Olympics.
This is the first time the Greek sailing team has ever medaled in this competition since it was added to the Olympics in 1976. Mantis and Kagialis have said that they have worked hard for the past few years to turn themselves into strong competitors that would have a shot at a medal at the Rio Olympics. Now that their hard work has paid off, they have said that it has made them thirsty for more victories.