ATHENS – Nikos Kaklamanakis from Greece is currently in the third position of the sailing event, after the completion of the first and second sailing days in the Mistral class, in the context of the Athens 2004 Olympic Summer Games.
Polish Przemyslaw Miarczynski is currently holding on the first position, followed in second place by Portuguese Joao Rodrigues.
Greece lost to Mali 2-0 in an Olympic soccer tournament group A match played at the Kaftantzoglio Stadium in Thessaloniki on Saturday evening. The goals were scored by Mamadi Berthe 2 and Tenema N’Diaye 45. Greece missed a penalty by Dimitris Papadopoulos in the last minute of the game.
In the other group A match played at Karaiskaki Stadium in Piraeus, Korea beat Mexico 1-0.
US swimmer Michael Phelps made a splash at Saturday’s swimming event, winning the gold and setting a new world record (4:08.26) in the men’s 400 m individual medley which was held at the Olympic Aquatic Centre’s outdoor pool. Phelps broke his own personal record of 4:08.41 which he had set at the US trials on July 7.
The silver went to his compatriot Erik Vendt who finished with a time of 4:11.81, followed by Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh (4:12.15).
Greek champion Ioannis Kokkodis finished sixth (4:18.60) and is the first Greek swimmer to make it to the finals at an Olympic swimming event. Kokkodis also succeeded in setting a new national record on Saturday morning during the preliminaries with a time of 4:16.56.
“I secretly hoped for 6th position. I gave it my all in order to make to the final. Fatigue certainly got to me, but I was lucky because it also affected others. I would like to thank the fans in the stands who supported me,” Kokkodis told the ANA.
Spyridon Gianniotis broke his own previous record in the semifinals of the Olympics men’s 400 metre freestyle swimming event on Saturday with a time of 3:48.77, setting a new Greek record. His earlier record, which was also the Greek record, was 3:49.93, on May 19, 2004.
Greece’s Vassiliki Angelopoulou will participate in the final of the women’s 400m Individual Medley swimming competition.
Brazil comfortably defeated Greece 29-21 in a Pool A match on the opening day of competition in Women’s Handball. In an important first up match for both sides, Greece started well and kept the difference to a single goal until the 13th minute.
A 4-0 run for Brazil gave the South Americans the edge, however, and set the tone for the remainder of the contest. Brazil led 14-8 at halftime and retained a comfortable lead throughout the second half.
By employing a man to man defensive strategy to combat Grigoria GKOLIA (GRE), Brazil was able to shut down the Greek offence.
Brazil’s Aline ROSAS played an exceptional game, scoring six goals at crucial moments. Her teammate Daniela PIEDADE was Brazil’s top scorer with seven goals and Alexandra Priscila NASCIMENTO scored four goals from five attempts.
Despite the defensive pressure, GKOLIA (GRE) played well, scoring five goals, and Stiliani GIOUPI scored six.