The host country of Greece took home the first gold medal of the 2019 Mediterranean Beach Games thanks to finswimmer Sofia Ktena.
Ktena won the first event on the finswimming program at the 2019 Mediterranean Beach Games, the women’s 50m Apnea, in a time of 0:16.780. She was closely followed by the rest of the field, with Croatia’s Dora Bassi taking silver, and France’s Maelle Lecoeur taking bronze.
Finswimming would be the only sport giving out medals on day one of the 2019 Mediterranean Beach Games. In total there would be 8 sets of medals awarded on day one. The host country of Greece got off to a good start with Ktena’s win. Anastasios Mylonakis would improve the hosts day by winning the men’s 100m Surface in a time of 0:35.400. The night only got better as Stefanos Antoniadis won the men’s 100m Bifin in a time of 0:42.680, and Eirini Deligianni won the women’s 200m Singlefin in a time of 1:33.380. The Greeks closed out the night by winning the 4x100m Singlefin Relay in a time of 2:33.660.
Greece wouldn’t be the only country seeing gold on day one. Italy also scored a number of gold medals on the first night of finswimming competition. Viola Magoga won the women’s 50m Bifin in a time of 0:22.340 to bad Italy’s first gold medal of the games. Her golden style would be followed by fellow countrywoman Elisa Mammi in the women’s 200m Bifin. Mammi won the race in a time of 1:50.630 to win the gold medal by a good margin. Italy’s last gold medal of the night came from Stefano Figini. He won the men’s 400m Singlefin in a time of 3:04.730 to bring Italy’s gold medal count up to 3 for the day.
Though Greece and Italy took all the gold medals on day one, other nations managed to sneak away with a few medals as well. Croatia ended the day third on the medal table with a total of 2 silver medals courtesy of Dora Bassi. France and Spain both managed to score a single silver medal as well, with France even managing to get a further 3 bronze medals. Turkey also ended their day with 3 bronze medals, while Tunisia brought up the rear of the medal table with a single bronze.
The 2019 Mediterranean Beach Games will continue tomorrow with more finswimming finals and some beach rowing finals. For more information about the 2019 Mediterranean Beach Games visit www.mbgpatras2019.gr.