After completion of the opening day Beach Wrestling events, Greece, one of the sport's big forces, looks set to compete for as many as nine medals in the Men's and Women's competitions.
The Greek team secured five qualifications out of six Semifinals, while two more of its members are close to the final four, and both Parthena Nena LYKOPOULOU and Aikaterini - Eirini PITSIAVA in the Women's +70kg category will certainly be in the Finals.
The first Semifinal of the Men's 80 kg features a Greek-Cypriot
duel between Kyrillos BINENMPAOUM and Stelios
In the second Semifinal, Greek athlete Georgios KOULOUCHIDIS will face Syrian Mhd Feda Aldin ALASTA.
In the Men's 90 kg, Grigorios KRIARIDIS (GRE) won three bouts in a row and will face Italy's Carmelo LUMIA in the Semifinal. The Italian wrestler won two bouts and lost one.
In the Women's 70 kg, very strong Marine LE COUR GRANDMAISON of France, who has easily won her two bouts, will face Greek wrestlet Zoi CHATSATOUROVA.
In the second Semifinal, defending Mediterranean Champion Agoro PAPAVASILEIOU, who also won her first two bouts, will play against Sara DA COL of Italy.
The Grup phase in the Men's 70kg will be concluded tomorrow morning with Greek wrestlers Niko AROUZMANIDIS and Fotios PAPADAKIS to be very close to quaification.
The morning schedule, including Group bouts as well as Semifinals, will start at 10:30 and end at 13:10 at the very latest, whereas Finals will start at 15:15.
Stelios MAMA (CYP) - Kyrillos BINENMPAOUM (GRE)
Georgios KOULOUCHIDIS (GRE) - Mhd Feda Aldin ALASTA (SYR)
Grigorios KRIARIDIS (GRE) - Carmelo LIUMIA (ITA)
Saifedine ALEKMA (FRA) - Pedro Jacinto GARCIA PEREZ (ESP)
Marine LE COUR GRANDMAISON (FRA) - Zoi CHATSATOUROVA (GRE)
Sara DA COL (ITA) - Agoro PAPAVASILEIOU (GRE)