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Apparently 2 track & field and 1 sailing athlete tested positive for COVID and there is a chance that they might miss the Olympics.

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I am not sure as the names are not released to public. Even the number of the affected athletes is not certain now. It is now reported that the affected athletes are 2 and the third person is from the technical staff.

From what I can deduct 1 athlete is from the sailing team and the other one is from track & field. If I had to make an educated guess, the sailing athlete is either Kokkalanis or Mitakis because they take part in individual events, and the track athlete is Pesiridou, because she is scheduled to travel to Japan alone and and much later than all the other athletes.

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Turns out the sailing athlete with COVID is Mitakis. His latest test was negative and he is now cleared to travel to Tokyo.

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Turns out the second athlete (swimmer) with COVID issues had a negative test and is now cleared to travel to Tokyo.

With that in mind here is the complete and final list of Greek athletes that will compete in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo:

ARCHERY  (1)

Euaggelia PSARRA  (Individual)

CYCLING  (3)

Periklis ILIAS (Mountain Bike)
Polychronis TZORTZAKIS (Road Cycling)
Christos VOLIKAKIS (Track Cycling)

FENCING  (1)

Dora GOUNDOURA (Sabre)

JUDO  (2)

Alexis DANATSIDIS (81 kg) 

Elizabeth TELTSIDOU( 70 kg)

ROWING  (4)

Stefanos DOUSKOS  (Single Scull)

Christina BOURBOU (Coaxless Pair)
Maria KYRIDOU (Coaxless Pair)
Aneta KYRIDOU  (Single Scull)

SAILING  (8)

Pavlos KAGIALIS (470)
Panagiotis MANTIS (470)
Vyronas KOKKALANIS (RSX)
Giannis MITAKIS (Finn)

Katerina DIVARI (RSX)
Vasilia KARACHALIOU (Radial)
Ariadni  SPANAKI (470)
Aimalia TSOULFA (470)

SHOOTING  (2)

Nikos MAVROMATIS (Skeet)

Anna KORAKAKI  (10 m pistol, 25 m pistol)

SWIMMING  (12)

Apostolos CHRISTOU  (100 m Freestyle, 100 m Backtsroke, 4x100 m Freestyle, 4x100 Individual Medley, 4x100 Mixed Individual Medley)
Kostas EGGLEZAKIS (800 m Freestyle)
Kristian GOLOMEEV (50 m freestyle, 4X100 m Freestyle)
Alkis KINIGAKIS (10 KM Open Swim)
Vaggelis MAKRYGIANNIS  (4x100 m Individual Medley)
Dimitris MARKOS (800 m Freestyle)
Odysseas MELANIDIS (4x100 Freestyle)
Kostas MERETSOLIAS (4x100 m Individual Medley, 4x100 Mixed Individual Medley)
Apostolos PAPASTAMOS (200m/400m individual Medley)
Andreas VAZAIOS (200 m Individual Medley, 4x100 m Freestyle, 4x100 Individual Medley)

Nora DRAKOU  (4x100 Mixed Individual Medley)
Anna DOUNDOUNAKI (100 m butterfly, 4x100 Mixed Individual Medley)

4x100 m Freestyle Relay - men (Golomeev, Christou, Vazaios, Meladinis)
4x100 m Individual Medley - men (Golomeev, Christou, Vazaios, Meretsolias)
4x100 m Individual Medley - mixed (Christou, Meretsolias, Doudounaki, Drakou)

SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING  (9)

Maria ALZIKOUZI-KOMINEA (Team)
Eleni FRAGKAKI (Team)
Krystalenia GIALAMA (Team)
Penelopi KARAMESIOU (Team)
Danai KARIORI (Team)
Adriana MISIKEVIC (Team)
Evelina PAPAZOGLOU (Duet, Team)
Euaggelia PLATANIOTI (Duet, Team)
Georgia VASILOPOULOU (Team)

TABLE TENNIS  (1)

Panagiotis GIONIS (Mens's Singles)

TAE KWON DO  (1)

Fenia TZELI (57 kg)

TENNIS  (2)

Stefanos TSITSIPAS (Mens's Singles, Mixed Doubles)

Maria SAKKARI (Women's singles, Mixed doubles)

TRACK & FIELD (20)

Michalis ANASTASAKIS  (Hammer Throw)
Kostas DOUVALIDIS  (110 m Hurdles)
Kostas FILIPPIDIS  (Pole Vault)
Christos FRANTZESKAKIS  (Hammer Throw)
Emmanouil KARALIS  (Pole Vault)
Alexandros PAPAMICHAIL  (50 km Walk)
Miltos TENTOGLOU  (Long Jump)|
Dimitris TSIAMIS  (Triple Jump)

Chrysoula ANAGNOSTOPOULOU  (Discus Throw)
Antigoni DRISBIOTI  (20 km Walk)
Kyriaki FILTISAKOU  (20 km Walk)
Nikol KYRIAKOPOULOU  (Pole Vault)
Eleni POLAK  (Pole Vault)
Paraskevi PAPACHRISTOU  (Triple Jump)
Elisabeth PESIRIDOU  (100 m Hurdles)
Stamatia SKARVELI  (Hammer Throw)
Rafaela SPANOUDAKI  (100 m, 200 m)
Katerina STEFANIDI  (Pole Vault)
Panagiota TSINOPOULOU  (20 km Walk)
Irini VASILIOU  (400 m)

WATER POLO  (13)

NATIONAL TEAM - MEN

Stelios ARGYROPOULOS
Georgios DERVISIS
Giannis FOUNDOULIS
Kostas GALANIDIS
Dinos GENIDOUNIAS
Kostas GIOUVETSIS
Marios KAPOTSIS
Christodoulos KOLOMVOS
Kostas MOURIKIS
Alexis PAPANASTASIOU
Dimitirs SKOUBAKIS
Aggelos VLACHOPOULOS
Manos ZERVEDAS

WRESTLING  (2)

Giorikas PILIDIS (65 kg Freestyle)

Maria PREVOLARAKI (53 kg)

TOTAL ATHLETES:  83

 

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Here are the scheduled events for the Greek athletes. More to follow later in the week. Keep in mind that the schedule here are posted for the events in Tokyo local time, so for the people who live in North America or Europe some of the events are live a day before. Keep track of your local time so you don't miss the event. 

Fri, 23 July 
Stefanos Ntouskos - Men's Single Sculls Heat 2 (Rowing) 8:40 
Evangaelia Psarra - Women's Individual Ranking Round (Archery) 9:00 
Anneta Kyridou - Women's Single Sculls Heat 2 (Rowing) 9:40 

Sat, 24 July
Maria Kyridou & Christina Bourmpou - Women's Pair Heat 1 (Rowing) 9:50 
Panagiotis Gionis - Men's Singles Round 1 (Table Tennis) 15:00 
Apostolos Papastamos - Men's 400m Individual Medley Heat 3 (Swimming) 19:13 
Anna Ntountounaki - Women's 100m Butterfly Heat 5 (Swimming) 19:35 
Maria Sakkari - Women's Singles First Round (Tennis) TBA 
Stefanos Tsitsipas - Men's Singles First Round (Tennis) TBA 

Sun, 25 July 
Anna Korakaki - 10m Air Pistol Women's Qualification (Shooting) 9:00
Nikolaos Mavrommatis - Skeet Men's Qualification (Shooting) 10:00
Fani Tzeli - Women's 57 km Round of 16 (Taekwondo) 10:56
Greece vs. Hungary - Men's Preliminary Round (Water Polo) 11:30 
Dimitrios Markos - Men's 200m Freestyle Heat 1 (Swimming) 19:17
Apostolos Christou - Men's 100m Backstroke Heat 6 (Swimming) 20:03 
Team Greece - Men's 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay Heat 1 (Swimming) 20:30 

 

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Concerning the times, keep in mind that

Greek time is 6 hours behind Tokyo time, so today's 8:40 rowing event will be at 2:40 Greek Time (EEST).

US Central Daylight Time (CDT) is 14 hours behind Tokyo time, so the same rowing event at 8:40 will be on at 18:40 (6:40 PM) on July 22.

 

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First results for Greek athletes:

In rowing Stefanos Douskos won his heat in Single Sculls and qualified to the quarterfinal race. Aneta Kyridou finished 3rd in her heat in Single Sculls and also qualified to quarterfinals.

In Archery Evaggelia Psarra competing in her 6th Olympics finished 44th (out of 64 competitors) in the Ranking Round and as a result will face Lin of Taipei in the Round of 32 elimination round.

This morning we had the opening ceremonies with Korakaki and Petrounias as the flag bearers for for Greece:

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Results from yesterday: 

Polychronis Tzortzakis finished 63rd in the men's road race at 6:16:53. Eleftherios Petrounias qualifies for the finals in the men's rings with 15.333 points. Panagiotis Gionis defeats Serbia's Peto 4-0 to advance into the second round of men's table tennis to face Saleh of Egypt. 

Maria Sakkari defeats Estonia's Kontaveit 7-5, 6-2 in women's singles tennis to advance into the second round to face Serbia's Stojanovic. Christina Bourbou & Maria Kyridou have finished 5th in the rowing women's pair heat to advance into repechage and must finish top three from that round to advance into the semifinals A/B. 

In Men's swimming, Apostolos Papastamos finished 14th in the 400m individual medley with 4:12.50 and failed to advanced to the finals. In women's swimming, Anna Ntountounaki finished 13th in the 100m butterfly with 57.75 to advance into the semifinals. 

 

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Big win by the water polo team defeating Hungary 10:9 in their first game.

Korakaki failed to medal in the 10 m pistol finishing 6th.

Doudounaki finished 9th in 100 m butterfly and Christou 11th in 100 m backstroke.

Tzeli finished 7th in 57 kg of Taekwondo despite losing both matches.

Gountoura in fencing eliminated in first round.

In rowing all three Greek representatives will race in the semifinal races.

In Sailing in the women's Radial competition Karachaliou is in second place after the first 4 races.

Today Sakkari plays Svitolina in Round 3 and Tsitsipas plays Tiafoe in   Tiafoe is the player that eliminated Tsitsipas in Wimbledon.

Egglezakis had to withdraw from the 800 meter freestyle swimming competition due to injury.

Finally, it's sad to see the Olympics bein diluted by such weird sport as skateboarding, windsurfing, 3x3 basketball and so on. before we know it Tavli will become an Olympic sport.

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Tsitsipas got his revenge and eliminated Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4 to advance into the third round (best of 16). Gionis suffered a meltdown in the 5th set, up 10-4 (3-1 in sets) only needed a point to win the match and lost out on deuce 12-10 to force a 6th set where Jeoung of South Korea finished him off in the final two sets (6-11, 12-14) to advance into the round of 16. This one stings. 

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Svitolina was the better player, Sakkari could not handle her power serves and returns. At least Sakkari did what Danilidou couldn't do and that is reaching the round of 16 at the Olympic Games. Greece and Italy fought out a 6-6 draw in men's water polo. 

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I watched the Gionis match. It was very exiting game, but Gionis shot himself in the foot by not "killing" the opponent in the 5th set with the numerous match points he had. Just like our tennis players, Gionis is lacking the killer instinct to finish a match.

I also stayed until 2:30 in the morning to watch the Sakkari game . It was obvious Svitolina was a better and more experienced player. This was evident in the deciding 3rd set. For Sakkari to advance she would have to have an exceptional game. She will now continue in the mixed pairs competition with Tsitsipas.

In Water Polo we tied a strong Italian team 6:6 in a game where we blew a 4 goal lead in the last period of the game.

Danatsidis eliminated in the first round of the Judo 81 kg competition.

In swimming Christou (100 m freestyle), Markos (800 m freestyle)both eliminated in the first round heat.

In other news, yesterday one of our Synchronized Duet swimmer (Platanioti or Papazoglou) tested positive for COVID and did not travel to Japan. As a result Greece had to withdraw from the Duet competition. She will be replaced by a sub in the team competition. 

 

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Wow! Maria Kyridou & Christina Bourmpou just broke the World Best Time in the semifinals of 6:48.70 to qualify first place in style! Big bravo to the young girls from Thessaloniki!!! 

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What a great race by the two rowers coming from 4th place in the last 500 meters of the race to win their semifinal heat with a world's best time. Good luck to them in the final.

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In Judo (70 kg), Teltsidou won her first two matches and will now face the Russian Taimazova in the quarterfinal match. We could be looking at a medal here at the end of the day. 

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Tsitspas eliminated from Humbert of France 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 2-6
Teltsidou eliminated from Scoccimarro of Germany
Both Papastamos (35th) and Vazaios (27th) did not qualify for the semifinals in the men's 200m individual medley swimming 
On the positive side, Tsitsipas and Sakkari advance into the quarterfinals beating Canadian duo Dabrowski/Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-4 in the mixed doubles. 
For sailing, if any Greeks are eligible for the medal rounds, it will take place this weekend. I will get the full detail by then. 

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