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Greece’s water polo Olympic qualification March 7, 2008

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The Greek men’s water polo team yesterday secured its place at the Olympic Games in Beijing, thanks to its 8-6 victory over Russia in a pre-qualifying tournament in Romania.

It is the 13th time that the Greek men’s water polo team has qualified for the Olympics. Greece’s women’s team also earned a place at the summer Games last month.

Greek rowers come second in Europe September 24, 2007

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Greeks earn four medals in Poznan’s European Championship, including two golds

Greece won two gold and two other medals in the European Rowing Championship in Poznan, Poland, yesterday as all of its four entries in the finals finished in the top three.

The results on the last day of the event took Greece to second place in the medals table behind the Czech Republic, a remarkable feat for this country at a European level.

Chryssa Biskitzi and Alexandra Tsiavou won gold in the women’s lightweight double sculls after leading the way from start to finish, clocking 7.21.03, over 11 seconds ahead of their closest rivals, Poland. Biskitzi and Tsiavou have already secured their trip to next year’s Olympic Games in Beijing.

In the men’s double sculls, Yiannis Tsamis and Yiannis Christou had scraped through to the final on Saturday, but yesterday they staged an amazing comeback in the last 300 meters to overtake Italy, Russia and Croatia and finish first with nearly a boat’s length ahead of the chasing pack. It was an amazing result and the first top-level medal for the unfancied Greek crew.

Vassilis Polymeros and Dimitris Mougios earned the silver medal in the men’s lightweight double sculls, losing only to 2005 world champions Zsolt Hirling and Tamas Varga of Hungary. The Greeks, who have also qualified for the Beijing Olympics, timed 6.39.26, behind Hungary’s 6.36.99.

Finally, Greece won the bronze medal in the men’s four, with the crew consisting of Yiannis Tsilis, Giorgos Tziallas, Giorgos Tziobanidis and Pavlos Gavriilidis. They clocked 6.13.50, just a second behind second-placed Germany. The Czech Republic finished first.

Related Links > http://www.wioslarstwo.poznan.pl/rowing/europachampion/organizing.html

Greece’s win over Malta > waterpolo September 11, 2007

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Waterpolo > Under 18 European Championship

Greeks win Group B after easy win over Malta > Greece 23 – Malta 4 (6-3, 5-1, 8-0, 4-0)

Greece needed 19 goals to win Group B of the European Championships which are being held in Malta, and managed to win by a margin of 19 goals.

GREECE: K. Galanidis; K. Fotiou, P. Doudesis (2), N. Koulierakis (3), C. Koutsialis (3), N. Batakis, I. Kourliafitis (7), A. Charitakis (3), M. Petrocheilos, A. Gounas (4), M. Gkialis (1), I. Spyrou, F. Stathopoulos.

Silver for Greece in Rowing World Championships September 4, 2007

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Greece won the silver medal in the Rowing World Championships on Sunday, as Vassilis Polymeros and Dimitris Mougios finished second in the lightweight double sculls final in Munich, Germany.

The Greeks clocked 6 mins 28.89 seconds, just 1.68 seconds behind gold medalists Mads Rasmussen and Rasmus Quist from Denmark.

This was the third world championship medal for Polymeros, who won the gold in 2005 and silver in 2001.

Polymeros and Mougios have also secured their place in next year’s Olympic Games in Beijing, as have Chrysi Biskitzi and Alexandra Tsiavou, who finished fifth in the women’s lightweight double sculls final on Sunday.

Water Polo > Greece and Romania in final August 5, 2007

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Greece will play Romania in the final of the Israel International Water Polo Tournament at the Wingate Institute on Sunday afternoon after the two European teams came through tough semifinals.

On Saturday, Romania overcame France 13-10 in the first semi of the first international water polo event of its kind to be held in Israel. The second semifinal between Greece and Australia was an even closer affair, with the game going into extra time after finishing 8-8 in regulation.

The Greeks eventually edged it scoring three goals in the extra six minutes to win 11-8. Earlier Saturday, Israel was beaten by a stronger and more experienced Dutch team 11-4 to send the Israelis into the seventh place classification game. The classification games will be held on Sunday at Wingate as well as the final.

At 9 a.m. Russia will play Israel for seventh place while Serbia will face Holland at 10:45 a.m. The third place game between France and Australia will be held at 12:30 p.m. with the final following at 2:15 p.m. The tournament began on Thursday with group games and continued on Friday.

European success for Cyprus JSR team August 2, 2007

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Cyprus jet ski team JSR continued their climb up the UIM rankings with further success at the SPES Aquabike Classpro European Championships in Spain last weekend.

World number three, Yiannos Ioannou, took second place in the freestyle class, a major step up from his 6th place position last year and demonstrated he is a genuine contender for the top position in the future. Romain Stampers of France took was first with compatriot Carole Sarrio in third place.

Kyriakos Erotokritou was third in the high speed runabout race but subsequently lost his position when deducted penalty points for missing two buoys on the lake circuit at Los Angeles De San Rafael near Madrid. Erotokritou was finally placed at 13th, one place higher than team-mate Marios Mesarides in the 23 pilot race won by Spaniard Luis Puertas.

The team were using a new turbo charge system on the runabout for the first time, making it the fastest machine at the European Championship event. It is hoped that the technology can be developed further in Cyprus with the aim of marketing to overseas teams in the future.

JSR are hoping to win top places in front of their home fans when the SPES-UIM Aquabike Classpro Grand Prix comes to Cyprus in May 2008. Team Manager George Ioannides returned from Madrid with a signed contract to host the international competition along with a second agreement to hold the European Women’s Championships during the same week.

Okyalos XV sails to X-35 triumph August 2, 2007

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Okyalos XV BMW was the winner of the Greek X-35 Championship held this week at Porto Karras, Halkidiki, within the context of the 2nd International Sailing Week of the Northern Aegean.

The boat of Yiannis Costopoulos, with Dimitris Deliyiannis as skipper, won four of the six races and finished top with just six penalty points, ahead of Gant, second with 12.75 points, and Niki-Christina third with 13 points.

International Sailing Week continues with the other categories, with Meliti V as the favorite to top the main category, the IRC. Meliti V is skippered by the experienced Giorgos Andreadis and leads over Alpha Bank, with Thodoros Tsoulfas as skipper, and Abraxas Land Rover with Giorgos Ertsos at the helm. The races are organized by the Thessaloniki Offshore Racing Club (NOATH).