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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 31 August 2019
SPORT 24 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 31 AUGUST 2019 winners sinners & WINNERS APOSTOLOS PAPASTAMOS The 18-year-old from Chania made history last week, after winning the Gold metal in the 400 metre individual medley at the World Championships. With the times he recorded, the young athlete has already reached the necessary level to advance to the Tokyo Olympics. If he does appear at the Japanese pools, he could cause trouble for many of the favourites, as he is constantly smashing his own records. This is definitely a name that we will be hearing more of in the years to come. ANASTASIA GEROLYMATOU Greece’s 81-year-old wind- surfer Anastasia Gerolymatou entered the Guinness Book of Records after sailing from Skala Kefallonias to Kylini on Saturday, 24 August. Covering a distance of 18 nautical miles, she rode her windsurf board to Kylini at 6.02pm on Saturday proving that perseverance and effort can pay off at any age. After six hours at sea, the grandmother made her dream come true, and felt elated. “I really liked what I did,” she said. “It was the dream of a lifetime, that I had since I was a child.” AUSTRALIAN BOOMERS The Australian Boomers made history last week, as they finally succeeded in tak- ing down the United States, even if it was just an exhibition match. Having the support of over 52,000 people behind them in Marvel Stadium, Andrej Lemanis’ men demonstrated their high skill level and proved to the rest of the world that the Americans are far from unbeatable, just a few short days before the start of the FIBA World Cup in China. It’s worth mentioning that this was Team USA’s first loss (with the inclusion of NBA players in their squad) since the 2006 semi-final against Greece in Saitama. ΟLYMPIACOS Anastasia Gerolymatou is living proof that no matter what age you are, if you take good care of your body, you can still be active! SINNERS AEK Just four games in and already the club is out looking for a new coach! After yet another disheartening performance that saw the 2017/18 champions lose to Xanthi at home, Miguel Cardoso is no longer at the helm of the club, after chairman Ioannis Melissanidis decided that drastic changes were needed to improve the team’s image. Hopefully his replacement will be able to handle the dressing rooms in a much better way and make the most of the resources the club will give him, with a squad that includes players such as Petros Mantalos, former Barcelona defender Dmitro Chygrynskyi, former Roma winger Daniele Verde and former Norwich striker Nelson Oliveira. FFA Once again, the Football Federation of Australia drops the ball. This time, it was their failure to properly assess the situation of Alen Stajcic’ removal as head coach of the Matildas that caused frustration within the community, as they never allowed the man in question a chance to defend himself or tell his side of the story. This led the Australian Football Coaches Union to release a statement, expressing its great concern for the Dominating their opponents, even in their away games in Europe, Olympiacos are showing a type of playing style that they never have in the past. Under Portuguese coach Pedro Martins, the club is flourishing, and that clearly shows on the pitch. The proof of this came last Wednesday night, after they sealed their return to the Champions League group stage with a second 1-2 win against FC Krasnodar, a club with a budget worth two times that of the Greeks, six short nights after demolishing them 4-0 at home. way the decision process review was handled. STEFANOS TSITSIPAS There’s definitely something going on with the wonder child of Greek tennis. His failure to advance to the next round of Wimbledon was repeated in the final Grand Slam of the year. The 20-year-old was knocked out in the first round of the US Open by Andrey Rublev (46, 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (7-9), 5-7), in what was a climactic battle that was ultimately decided in the third set. Hopefully he can begin to turn things around next year in Melbourne with the support of the Greek community. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM by alex anyfantis Just as every week, we choose the Winners and Sinners of Greek and Australian sport Boomers make history before World Cup Hume City’s Delic wrecks Olympic’s FFA Cup dreams GEORGE STOGIANNOU Adelaide Olympic has missed out on an FFA Cup quarter final spot after falling 1-3 at home to Victorian NPL team Hume City in a Rd of 16 FFA Cup clash at the Valo Football Centre on Wednesday evening. Olympic fans' optimism for witnessing a famous Cup victory and progressing to the FFA Cup quarter finals was at its height in the 23rd minute when Olympic midfielder Mamadi Kamara set off on an impressive run down the left flank, which left three Hume defenders in his wake, and ended with Kamara firing the home side into the lead before he celebrated his goal with a spectacular somersault. However the visitors reacted well to going a goal behind and were soon back on level terms after a goal mouth scramble in the 32nd minute ended with Hume striker Marko Delic scoring the equaliser. The score remained that way at the end of the first half following which the home team came out looking to force the issue and winning a series of corners. However Hume's defence stood firm and it was the Victorian team's central striker Delic Hume City after their 3-1 win against Adelaide Olympic on Wednesday night. PHOTO: FACEBOOK (HUME CITY FC) who was to prove Olympic's nemesis on the night, scoring a second half brace in the space of 10 minutes, to complete his hat trick and give Hume City safe passage into the quarter finals of the FFA Cup. For Adelaide Olympic, the midweek FFA Cup match against Hume comes amidst a busy schedule of three finals matches in seven days. Coach George Tsonis and his team now turn their attention away from the national stage and back to the South Australian NPL finals series. On Saturday they will face Metro Stars in a sudden death NPL Elimination Final at the Valo Football Centre, the winner progressing to the preliminary final. In other FFA Cup Rd of 16 matches on the same night, Central Coast Mariners knocked out Brisbane Roar in a penalty shootout, Western Sydney Wanderers crushed Sydney United 7-1, and Brisbane Strikers defeated Manly United 1-0. With the round of 16 completed, the Quarter Final draw took place and produced the following fixtures involving five remaining A-League teams, two NPL teams from Victoria and one NPL side from Queensland: Adelaide United v Newcastle Jets Melbourne City v Western Sydney Wanderers Brisbane Strikers v Moreland Zebras Hume City v Central Coast Mariners Greeks at the US Open in New York NICK KYRGIOS The Australian No 1 and 28th seed player clashed even before his second round match began on Thursday when he was taken to task during the warm-up for wearing a short with the following words branded in bold letters underneath his collar: "JUST DO YOU". Kyrgios was infuriated after the umpire appeared to tell him that the collar was in breach of attire rules. He survived the pre-game blowup and cruised through a comfortable 6-4 6-2 6-4 win over French wildcard Antoine Hoang. MARIA SAKKARI Greece's Maria Sakkari has already confronted Ashleigh Barty twice this year. Sakkari and Barty clash again in the third round at the US Open in New York on Saturday. Sakkari is aware that there's work ahead if she wants to beat Barty this time round. Prospects are promising as the Greek player seems to be in great form lately, after emerging victorious from the first round where she played Italian Camila Giorgi, dropping only a single set (6-1, 6-0). Stefanos Tsitsipas was not featured in the second round of the US Open. PHOTO: APE/MPE THANASI KOKKINAKIS Greek Aussie Thanasi Kokkinakis, 23, has withdrawn from the US Open, giving Spanish legend Rafael Nadal a free pass into the third round via a walkover. The injured player was supposed to have played Nadal in the feature night match, a huge chance for him to show the tennis world his talent. A right shoulder injury, however, meant he pulled out an hour before the match was due to start. Unfortunately, this is just the latest setback in a promising career that has been marred by a string of injuries. STEFANOS TSITSIPAS There's excitement at the US Open in New York City. Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas was the 'big news' to depart from the first round, as the Australian open semi-finalist was beaten by Russian world number 43 Andrey Rublev in four sets (4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (7-9), 5-7). It was a tight contest between the two athletes that saw Tsitsipas lose the first set, then struggle to make a comeback in the second. He needed a tiebreaker to bring the game on level terms, yet continued to appear disengaged as the process continued. His mind seemed to be out of it as he was constantly receiving warnings by the umpire, with the situation escalating in the fourth and final set when he received an official warning for coaching. Tsitsipas then lashed out against the Frenchman, calling him a "weirdo".
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