The top position in the medals race of the II Mediterranean Games “Patra 2019” was definitely decided in favor of Greece after the Beach Wrestling Semifinals.
The host country will win five medals having athletes in four Finals, one of which will be played between Greeks.
Besides those medals, Greece has secured two more in the Women’s 70+ kg category with Parthena Nena LYKOPOULOU and Aikaterini – Eirini PITSIAVA, their color not being certain yet as it is a unique group and final standings will come up through points.
In addition, Greece will compete for two more bronze medals, in the respective bouts of the Men’s and Women’s 70 kg through Niko AROUZMANIDIS and Agoro PAPAVASILEIOU, the latter failing to defend the gold medal she won in Pescara.
Men’s 80 km will be an all-Greek Final between Georgios KOULOUCHIDIS and Kyrillos BINENMPAOUM, the former winning over Syrian Mohamed Feda Aldin ALASTA, 3-2, coming back from a 0-2 deficit. ALASTA had defeated Cypriot Stelios MAMA.
In the 90 kg Semifinals, Grigorios KRIARIDIS (GRE) beat Italian Carmelo LUMIA, 3-0, and will now face Spain’s Pedro Jacinto GARCIA PEREZ, who had to take the last point and eliminate Frenchman Saifedine ALEKMA, 3-2.
In the Women’s 70 kg, Zoi CHATSATOUROVA will fight for the gold medal after a 3-0 (fall) win over Marine LE COUR GRANDMAISON (FRA), who was until then undefeated and one of the favorites.
In the Men’s 70 kg, Fotios PAPADAKIS will also play for the gold, as in the Semifinal he used tactics and intelligence to prevail over experienced Portuguese Hugo Miguel DA SILVA PASSOS. The Greek wrestler managed to keep the score at 0-0 and won as he was weighing less than his opponent.
In the Final, PAPADAKIS will have to face very talented Frenchman Quentin STICKER, a 3-1 winner over AROUZMANIDIS.
Finals are scheduled to start at 15:15.
Women’s 70+ kg
Enrica RINALDI (ITA) vs Parthena Lena LYKOPOYLOU (GRE)
Matilde CALDARELLI (ITA) vs Aikaterini – Eirini PITSIAVA (GRE)
Men’s 70 kg
Niko AROUZMANIDIS (GRE) vs Hugo Miguel DA SILVA PASSOS (POR)
Fotios PAPADAKIS (GRE) vs Quentin STICKER (FRA)
Men’s 90+ kg
Guglielmo CECCA (ITA) vs Quentin MILLIERE (FRA)
Paris KAREPI (ALB) vs Omar SAREM (SYR)
Women’s 70 kg
goro PAPAVASILEIOU (GRE) vs Marine LE COUR GRANDMAISON (FRA)
Zoi CHATSATOUROVA (GRE) vs Sara DA COL (ITA)
Men’s 90 kg
Carmelo LIUMIA (ΙΤΑ) vs Saifedine ALEKMA (FRA)
Grigorios KRIARIDIS (GRE)- Pedro Jacinto GARCIA PEREZ (ESP)
Men’s 80 kg
Stelios MAMA (CYP)- Mohamed Feda Aldin ALASTA (SYR)
Georgios KOULOUCHIDIS (GRE)- Kyrillos BINENMPAOUM (GRE)