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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 20 July 2019
SPORT 26 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 20 JULY 2019 winners WINNERS ODYSSEAS SPANAKIS/ KOSTAS MICHALOPOYLOS It's rare to hear someone mention a sport such as sailing in today's media. Yet, Greece's youth team are worthy of a shout out following their win in the Under-17 World Championships in the 420 category. The "dynamic duo" of Odysseus Spanakis and Konstandinos Michalopoulos started the race strong and never let go of the leader's position throughout the course, leaving behind the French and Spanish teams that finished second and third respectively. Hopefully there will be more to come in the future from these inspirational athletes. MILTOS TENTOGLOU Miltos Tentoglou achieved success yet again at Gevle, Sweden. The 23-year-old jumped as far as 8.32 metres, thus recording the sec- The great misfortune of Kostas Fortounis and Greece’s unique sailing success ond best record in his career and at the same time securing the gold medal in the Under-23 European championships. Tentoglou looks to be in tip top form as he continues to rack up the medals and climbing the positions in the world ranking. He is currently on fourth position, as he approaches closer to his main target of qualification to the World Championships on Doha. Yet another gold medal for the Greek athlete in the long jump, Miltos Tentoglou. PHOTO: APE/MPE EVAGGELIA PLATANIOTI The Greek champion was able to advance to the World Championship Final in artistic swimming that is being held in Guanzhou, South Korea. The 24-yearold was able to collect a total of 88,4333 points from the judges, ending up in 7th place and securing her position to the final round. Russian Svetlana Romashina advanced as first with a total of 96,4667 points. sinners & DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM by alex anyfantis Just as every week, we choose the Winners and Sinners of Greek and Australian sport SINNERS DANIEL RICCIARDO For all the noise that was made last year regarding his controversial move from Red Bull to Renault, the pilot from Western Australia certainly has not justified his worth. With zero podiums, zero wins and just 22 points in the overall standings, it’s worth wondering if the sponsors behind the French team are already regretting the multi-million contract they have offered the 30-year-old driver. Promising a lot more early on in his career, the Aussie F1 pilot doesn’t seem to be able to capitalise on his talent, despite having to go up against some of the best in the game, like Lewis Hamilton or Sebastian Vettel. A sensational disappointment. KOSTAS FORTOUNIS Fate has dealt a cruel game to the spiritual leader of Olympiacos and the Greek national team, who will be forced to remain on the sidelines for the greater part of the season that hasn’t even begun. Coming fresh of the heels of putting pen-to-paper on a lucrative new deal worth 1.5 million euros per year that will see him remain at Piraeus for a few more years, the 26-year-old received (what he initially thought was) a bit of a knock during the pre-season game against Hamburger. However, the exams showed that he ruptured his right knee and needed to undergo surgery. DAVID GALLOP The CEO of the Australian Football Federation has decided to step down amidst a time of turmoil for the sport. Perhaps it was through his leadership that football was able to reach the pinnacle of its success with the hosting and winning of the AFC Asian Cup, yet he was also involved in several controversial decisions by the sport’s governing body, including the sudden termination of former women’s national team head coach Alen Stajcic’s contract and the introduction of the National Club Identity Policy. His resignation was met with mixed feelings throughout the football community. Fan Footy SA, three mad young Greek footy fans from the fields to YouTube EVIE KANAKARIS The story of Fan Footy SA was born in the living rooms of three mad young footy fans that would spend hours in front of the TV screens, screaming their lungs out and barracking for their beloved clubs. Passionate footy heads and long-time friends, the three – Petros Kanakaris, Xeni Demosthenous and Peter Tsamtsikas – had two things in common: their Greek heritage and Australian Rules Football. These two passions combined lead to the creation of Fan Footy SA, a show on YouTube, that capitalises on the threesome's love and knowledge of the game. It was genuine and fun, and the first show went off like a firecracker with 342 views in under two hours. Petros has a love and passion for football, grew up surrounded by the game. His father, Greg, also shared the same passion and was the first South Australian Greek to create a footy show on Greek radio Doriforos, seventeen years ago. Petros would sit by the radio, listening to his father and uncles, when their show aired every Friday night. He'd participate in all the quizzers and win weekly prizes at the age of 12! Seventeen years later Petros decided to carry on the family football tradition with Fan Footy SA. Xeni, like Petros, grew up playing numerous sports. From the age of eight, he excelled in any sport he played and retired, by age 20, with bucketloads of knowledge under his belt. Nicknamed Mr Stats Man, his love for sport was so strong that he chose to make a career out of it and became an outstanding PE Teacher, where he gets to do what he loves every day. Peter was incredibly gifted and has played at a high level as a footballer in the state of South Australia. Peter and Petros attended the same high school and formed an unbreakable bond of friendship thanks to their love of the game and the fact that they were the only boys in their school with such an ardent passion for Aussie Rules. They'd kick the footy at recess and lunchtimes until the teachers would chase them off the oval. Fan Footy SA is an extension of the passion and is recorded by the three-man panel on YouTube on a weekly basis. The boys also have the opportunity to participate on the Greek radio station Doriforos, where their show is live from 6:30pm till 7:30pm every Thursday. Footy fans can also find them on their social media platforms as they are active on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube @ FanFootySA. Petros Kanakaris, Xeni Demosthernous and Peter Tsamtsikas are hits on YouTube where they share their love of the sport.
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