The Greek national team is preparing to break its best ever medal tally achieved at the European boys/girls Tae Kwon Do championship. Greece currently holds seven medals, and it is still one day before the championship final!
With the two medals won yesterday, Greece has achieved seven medals at the event hosted in Malta, equaling the record held from last year in Estonia.
Tomorrow, the last day of the competition, Greece is preparing to break the record, thus giving the mark of the serious and demanding work done by these Greek youth.
The athletes of today's two medals were Despina Nalbantis, who was 2nd in the -41 kg category, and Sophie Nefeli, who won the bronze medal at +59 kg. For Nalbantis this was the second major medal of the year as a few months earlier, in Sofia, she won 3rd place in the World Girls Championship.
On Sunday in Malta, with three consecutive victories, she reached the final of the -41 kg category (21 athletes), where she lost the victory and the gold medal to a Croat.
Sophie celebrated her maiden European championship medal. With two wins she reached the semi-finals, where she was invited to face the athlete who led the division, Sevic from Serbia.
The defeat in the foursome did not stand in the way for the Greek athlete to achieve her goal, which was none other than winning a medal in a category (+59kg) where a total of 18 athletes participated.
Now Greece counts two gold, three silver and two bronze medals, in an event where a total of 401 sportsmen and women participate.
In addition to the two medals, Greece saw today two more athletes reach the threshold of the podium. Paraskevi Kalogirou was 5th at -33 kg, as was Lamprini Anna Asimaki at -47 kg.