The Greek Olympic mission in London is celebrating its first medal won by Ilias Iliadis. in Judo.
Iliadis won the bronze medal in the men’s 90 kg judo category just minutes earlier on Wednesday. The Greek Judoka defeated his Brazilian opponent Tiago Camilo by yuko and climbed up to the bronze podium joined by Japanese judoka Masashi Nishiyama, who beat his Russian opponent Kirill Denisov.
“Congratulations to the lad who won the very first medal for Greece in the London Games,” commented the Greek deputy Minister for Sports Yiannis Ioannidis.
The Greek athlete, who had won gold at the Olympic Games in Athens, was defeated by Russian Denisov and lost his chance of competing for gold, but won the Australian Anthony by ippon and the Brazilian Camilo by yuko and conquered the third place in the Olympics Judo podium.
Greek fencing athlete Vassiliki Vougiouka got very close to the podium but did not make it to the medals. Although Vougiouka had a head start during the biggest part of the game, she was eventually defeated by her Korean opponent Kim Jiyeon who left her out of the Olympics semi-finals.
The day got off on the wrong foot for the Greek Olympic mission with the Greek duo of Women’s Beach Volley Vicky Arvaniti and Maria Tsiartsiani completing their efforts in the second group and exiting the tournament after losing to their Chinese opponents.
Greek swimmer Nery Niagouara did not make it to the semifinals in the 100m free race. She ranked 8th in the qualifiers with a time of 56.63’, which placed her at the 32nd place of the general classification list.
Andreas Vazaios was left out of the semifinals in men’s 200 meter Individual Medley, while twin brothers Nikos and Apostolos Gkountoulas tried their best to qualify for the rowing semifinals but did not make it in the end.
Sailing athlete Anna Agrafioti dropped from the 31st place she ranked on Tuesday to the 34th in the Laser Radial category. Agrafioti will pick up the fight this coming Friday with the seventh and eighth race.