Cyprus experienced considerable success in athletics today as action continued at the Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE) in San Marino.
Among their gold medallists today was Gavriella Fella, who registered a throw of 15.81 metres in the women’s shot put final at the San Marino Stadium.
Iceland’s Asdis Hjalmsdottir was the silver medallist with 15.39m and the bronze was won by Montenegro’s Kristina Rakocevic with 14.56m.
There was also Cypriot success for Nikandros Stylianou in the men's pole vault with his mark of 5.55m beating Luxembourg’s Joe Seil and Sebastien Hoffelt, who managed 5.05m and 5.00m respectively.
In the men’s 1500m, Cyprus’ Christos Dimitriou clocked a winning time of 4min 00.36sec.
Team-mate Theofanis Michaelas took the bronze medal in 4:01.26, just behind Andorra’s Pol Moya Betriu in 4:01.06.
Another gold medal came Cyprus’ way in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase, Nikolas Fragkou triumphing in 9:08.18.
Andorra’s Nahuel Quetzal Carabana Valenzuela finished second in 9:16.96 and home favourite Joseph Guerra Guerra rounded out the podium in 9:35.08.
Other victors today included Iceland’s Arna Stefania Gudmundsdottir, winner in the women’s 400m hurdles in 59.14sec.
Compatriot Arndis Yr Hafthorsdottir came out on top in the women’s 10,000m in 36:59.69.
Luxembourg tasted victory in both the men’s 400m hurdles, thanks to Jacques Frisch’s time of 52.16, and the women’s 1500m, courtesy of Charline Mathias’ time of 4:21.59.
There was a gold medal, meanwhile, for Montenegro in the women’s long jump as Ljiljana Matovic produced a leap of 5.64m.
More gold medals were also won at the Multieventi Swimming Pool with Luxembourg the most productive nation on the day.
Julien Henx held off Malta’s Andrew Chetcuti and Matthew Zammit to claim top honours in the men’s 50m freestyle with a time of 22.81.
Further victories for Luxembourg came via Laurent Carnol in the men’s 100m breaststroke in 1:02.43, Raphael Stacchiotti in the men’s 200m freestyle in 1:51.76 and the men’s 4x100m medley relay team in 3:44.03.
Shooting air and table tennis were the two other sports where medals were awarded today.
The men’s 10m air rifle event was won by Cyprus’ Alexandros Christoforou with 240.1 points in Serravalle.
Luxembourg’s Michel Kantzenmeier was the runner-up with 237.7 points, followed by Cyprus’ Andreas Constantinou with 218.1.
In the women’s event, Luxembourg’s Carole Calmes beat Marilena Constantinou in a shoot-off for gold after both finished on 240.3 points.
Montenegro’s Andela Milickovic finished third with 218.1 points.
Luxembourg won both the men’s and women’s table tennis doubles finals 3-0 at the expense of Montenegro at the Centro Congressi Kursaal.
Traian Ciociu and Dragos-Dan Olteanu proved too strong for Luka Bakic and Filip Radovic in the men’s.
Egle Tamasauskaite and Tessy Gonderinger overcame Snezana Culafic and Ivona Petric in the women’s.
Action in San Marino is due to continue tomorrow when medals will be awarded in archery, basketball, beach volleyball, mountain bike cycling, judo, shooting clay, swimming and tennis.