How Greek Athletes Fared on the 3rd Day of Rio Olympics



1358403The third day of the Greek athletes in the Rio Olympics started with a great performance of the men’s water polo team that ended with a 9-9 draw against world champions Serbia.

Despite a great start that found the Greeks leading 5-1 in the beginning of the third period, Serbia came back and managed to draw 9-9 at the end. Nevertheless, that was a great game for the Greek players, ahead of Wednesday’s crucial game against Hungary. If Greece beats Hungary, then there are hopes for first place even.

Vaso Vougiouka initially managed to get the qualification to the “16” phase in saber fencing, defeating American Dagmara Wozniak 15-8, but then lost to Yana Egorian 10-6. The Russian athlete ended up winning the gold medal afterwards.

In the third qualifying round in four without helmsman rowing, the Greek team had an excellent appearance and qualified to the next phase. Yiannis Tsilis, Giorgos Tziallas, Dionysis Angelopoulos and Yiannis Christou finished in second place behind the British, leaving promises for something better later on.

In the men’s 200 meters butterfly swimming, Greek champion Stefanos Dimitriadis finished in sixth place of the third qualifying round with a time of 1:56:76. Dimitriadis lost the jump to the next round for only four tens of a second.

Finally, Vyron Byron Kokkalanis was off to a great start in the first three races in the sailing RSX category. The Greek sailing athlete finished in third place getting 10 points. In women’s RSX sailing, Angela Skarlatou got 12th place after the first three races with 40 points. Both athletes will continue on Tuesday.