Good weekend for Greek sports
Ioannis Sgouropoulos won gold at the European U21 Table Tennis Championships, while Greece also had a successful weekend in beach volleyball, judo, and wrestling.
Sgouropoulos finished the group stage with a 4-1 overall record, and only got better throughout the weekend. He defeated Belgium’s Thibaut Darcis 4-0 in the round of 16, and Romania’s Cristian Pletea 4-1 in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, Sgouropoulos edged Romania’s Rares Sipos 4-3. In the final, the Greek came from behind to beat Germany’s Gerrit Engemann 4-3 to win the gold medal.
In beach volleyball, three-time Olympian Vasiliki Arvaniti teamed up with Panagiota Karagkouni for the World Tour 3 Star tournament in Sydney, Australia. They won two qualifying matches without dropping a set to qualify for the main draw. They then finished the group stage undefeated, with a win over the popular American duo of Sweat/Walsh Jennings. The Americans, featuring three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, got revenge on the Greeks in the quarterfinals. Nevertheless, it was a great event for the Greek team, who are now on course to qualify for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
In judo, Alexios Ntanatsidis and Elisavet Teltsidou each won bronze medals at the Marrakech Grand Prix event in Morocco. As a result, both players gained valuable ranking points to put themselves in a good position to qualify for the 2020 Olympics.
In wrestling, Georgios Pilidis won the silver medal at the European U23 Championships in the 61 Kg category. Last year, he had won bronze in the 57 Kg category.