Cyprus and Iceland claimed five athletics gold medals each today as action came to a close at the Games of the Small States of Europe (GSSE) in San Marino.
The first of Cyprus’ triumphs at the San Marino Stadium came courtesy of Natalia Christofi, who won the women’s 100 metres hurdles in 13.64sec.
Luxembourg’s Martine Marx and Victoria Rausch completed the podium with respective times of 14.20 and 14.30.
Eleftheria Christofi doubled Cyprus’ gold medal tally after posting 12.16m in the women’s triple jump.
Montenegro’s Ljiljana Matovic came second with 11.64m, while Malta’s Rebecca Sare' finished third with 11.62.
Cyprus also came out on top in the men’s 110m hurdles, the men’s high jump and the men’s triple jump final through Nikandros Stylianou, Vasilios Konstantinou and Panagiotis Volou respectively.
Stylianou posted a time of 15.93 to hold off Monaco’s Jesse Aliaga Jacob and Cadogan Abada, while Konstantinou registered 2.21m to finish ahead of San Marino’s Eugenio Rossi and Luxembourg’s Kevin Rutare.
Volou, meanwhile, claimed victory with 15.76m with compatriot Loginos Achileos second and Malta’s Ian Paul Grech third.
Setting Iceland on their way to a five gold-medal haul was Orn Davidsson, the winner of the men’s javelin with 74.81m.
Luxembourg’s Tom Reuter was the runner-up with 71.89m, while Gudmundur Sverrisson came third for Iceland with 71.27m.
Further success for Iceland came in the men’s 200m, which saw Kolbeinn Hodur Gunnarsson triumph in 21.20 ahead of Cyprus’ Paisios Dimitriadis in 21.33 and compatriot Ari Bragi Karason in 21.78.
The Nordic island nation also tasted victory in the women’s 4x100m relay in 45.31, the men’s 4x100m relay in 40.45 and the women’s 4x400m relay in 3:47.64.
Malta came second in the women’s 4x100m relay in 46.31 and were followed by Luxembourg in 46.68.
The men’s 4x100m relay silver medallists were Cyprus in 41.60, while the bronze medallists were Monaco in 41.75.
Cyprus also had to settle for second spot in the men’s 4x400m relay in 3:48.63, holding off Luxembourg who came third in 3:49.77.
Montenegro and Luxembourg shared four of the other five athletics gold medals between them.
The former nation’s titles were won by women’s 5,000m runner Sla Ana Perunovic in 17:04.19 and women’s discus thrower Kristina Rakocevic with 53.79m.
Luxembourg’s victories came through Pol Mellina, winner of the men’s 10,000m in 30:46.61, and their men’s 4x400m relay team in 3:15.03.
The one other gold medal won in athletics went the way of Malta’s Charlotte Wingfield with a time 23.78 in the women’s 200m.
The men's basketball title was clinched by Cyprus today after they beat San Marino 100-63 at the Multieventi Sport Domus.
They finished top of the round-robin standings with 10 points and a perfect record of five wins out of five.
Cyprus dominated today’s road cycling time trial finals with Andreas Miltiadis winning the men’s title in 21:59.54 and Antri Christoforou claiming the women’s crown in 18:53.24.
Monaco’s Anthony Peretti beat Luxembourg’s Gilles Michely 3-0 in the men’s singles table tennis final at Centro Congressi Kursaal.
The women’s equivalent went the way of Luxembourg’s Danielle Konsbruck, who defeated compatriot Tessy Gonderinger 3-2.
The tennis singles gold medal matches also took place today at the sport’s Centro Montecchio venue.
Monaco’s Florent Diep overcame Luxembourg’s Ugo Nastasi 6-3, 6-4 in the men’s final, while Cyprus’ Raluca Georgiana Serban beat Luxembourg’s Eleonora Molinaro 7-5, 6-4 in the women’s final.
The last of the three shooting clay gold medals available at the Championships was won by Cyprus’ Andreas Chasikos, who produced an unrivalled score of 52 points to win the men’s skeet event in Serravalle.
Luxembourg clinched gold in the men's volleyball competition with a 3-0 win over San Marino at the A. Casadei Gym Hall in Serravalle.
Cyprus secured success in the women's tournament despite losing 3-2 against San Marino today.