San Marino, May 31st, 2017 – The second day of the XVII Games of the Small States of Europe ended. So many medals are awarded, so much excitement for the fans .
BEACH VOLLEY – Today’s beach volleyball program has seen two beautiful wins for sammarinese couple Bulgarelli / Pini. At lunch time, 2-0 to Monaco’s pair Muratore / Revel Chion. Same result later in the evening, against Luxembourg’s Grethen / Klerf. Good win (2-0) for the pair of Cyprus Angelopoulou / Konstantinou on that of Malta Caruana / Zarb, and just for Muratore / Revel Chion, ready for revenge beating Icelandic Einarsdottir / Gunnarsdottir. Also in the evening, in men’s tournament, a bitter defeat (2-1) for San Marino’s Giorgetti / Paganelli, against Luxembourg’s Lazzarin / Meres.
BOULES – It closes the bowls program for these Games of the Small States of Europe, and the finale is colored white and blue. The derby in the male raffa between Jacopo Frisoni and Enrico Dall’Olmo is won by the second, with a score of 10-12. It is therefore a double medal for the Republic, gold and silver, while the bronze went to Malta, with David Ferrugia victorious 12-9 on Nicola Caroccia of Liechtenstein. Two medals for Montenegro, in the male petanque, thanks to Uro Milanovic (9-6 to Monegasque Giani Bresciano) for the bronze medal, and especially Miroslav Petkovic (9-6 to the other Monegasque, Florian Valeri) in the final for them.
SWIMMING – Second day of titles in Multieventi pool, second day of great performances. To shake the audience, almost at dinner time, was the final of the 4×200 meter freestyle, won by Iceland (8.21.13), with a beautiful silver placement of San Marino girls in second place, ahead of Luxembourg, bronze. The Grand Duchy was redone in the male relay, won in 7.34.97, with second place taken this time by Iceland and the third place by Cyprus. In the 100-meter women’s backstroke, still on the podium for Iceland Eyglo Osk Gustafsdottir, gold in 1.01.67, in front of the Luxembourgers Sarah Rolko, in 1.04.15, and Jacqueline Banky, 1.05.20 respectively silver and bronze medal. Fifth place for Carlotta Bulzoni, who finished her trial in 1.07.82. In the 400-meter freestyle, Julia Hassler was set up among women by the time of 4.12.31. It is therefore gold for Liechtenstein, while silver medal goes to Luxembourg thanks to Monique Olivier, 4.18.12 for her. The challenge for the third place is full for San Marino, with Arianna Valloni ahead of Sara Lettoli, just in 15 cents. The bronze goes to Arianna, final time 4.21.38. Equally uncertain the gold of 400 men’s freestyle, won by Cypriot Constantinos Hadjittooulis for 28 cents on Luxembourg’s Pit Brandenburger. 3.59.04 is the time who crowned in gold Cyprus, while bronze ends in the Alps thanks to Patrick Oliver Vetsch performance. The 200m breaststroke male final, without any heat to qualify, saw a Luxembourg-Liechtenstein-Iceland podium. First Laurent Carnol, who touched 2.15.00, then Christoph Meier, later more than two seconds, but only one cent ahead of Viktor Mani Vilbergsson, bronze medal. Iceland finds its gold in the 200-meter breaststroke female, thanks to Hrafnhildur Luthersdottir: 2.28.89 for her, while silver goes to Alexandra Schegoleva, for Cyprus, and bronze to Theresa Banzer from Liechtenstein. Finally, 100 meters butterfly. Among women, Icelandic Bryndis Run Hansen was still on top of the podium with 1.01.57, while Tiffany Pou had to settle for silver, and Cypriot Sotiria Neofytou for bronze. In the men’s final, a triumph for Julien Henx, in 54.78, just 30 cents better than Raphael Stacchiotti, once again on the podium for Luxembourg. Third place for Agust Juliusson, Iceland.
SHOOTING – In the 10-meter air pistol women, gold for Cypriot Panagiota Charalampous, with a final score of 235.4, while silver went to Maltese Eleanor Bezzina, at 230.9. Bronze medal was won by the Luxembourg Catheline Dessoy, with 210.0.
BASKET – Great victory, in the male tournament, for Montenegro on Andorra, 90-49 the final result, in a match with no contest. Montenegro’s squad is still best candidate to win the gold medal, after two solid victories.
VOLLEY – Boys from San Marino got defeated by Cyprus, who won 3-0 with the partial of 25-19, 25-20, 25-17. Now a day of break, for local heroes, waiting for next match against Iceland, on friday night.