Europe’s Young Olympic Hopefuls Compete In Tbilisi

Europe’s Young Olympic Hopefuls Compete In Tbilisi

Almost 4000 young competitors met in Tbilisi the capital of Georgia to compete in the European Youth Olympic Festival. Participants come from 50 countries and all of them are millennials born from 1998 to 2000. The European Youth Olympic Festival is fully acknowledged by the International Olympic Committee. The difference between these games and the main Olympic event is that the youth festival has only nine events while the main Olympic games have many more events.

The events in these games include volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, tennis, cycling judo, athletics, swimming and handball. Preparations for the games have taken Georgia over two years. Among the facilities that were put in place include a sports complex known as New Georgia. Construction of the venue is a clear indication of the total support that the government of Georgia has accorded the event. This modern facility is expected to continue offering services to the people of Georgia long after the games have come to an end.

Former world champion in gymnastics, Rusudan Sikharulidze who is from Georgia is currently training the Georgian gymnastics team. She recalled the time when she was, herself active. There were no good facilities in the country where they could train. It was necessary for them to go to other countries so as to train effectively. This is no longer going to be the case for young Georgian gymnasts after the construction of New Tbilisi. It has foam pits, which are critical for proper gymnastic training. There are also other facilities in the complex such as an Olympic sized pool, a modern high quality track and an auditorium for indoor games.

Europe’s Young Olympic Hopefuls Compete In TbilisiOver and above the stadium, the government has also constructed an Olympic Village to host the athletes. This village comprises of nine blocks of apartments which have the capacity to host a large number of the visiting athletes. There are also restaurants in the village as well as a hotel. This facility was built for the games. Once the games are over, most of the apartments will become homes for internally displaced people while others will be sold. The IDPs to be settled in this village are from Abkhazia and others are from South Ossetia.

To the nation and people of Georgia, hosting the games is a proud opportunity where they are able to showcase Georgia is one of the great countries in the world seeing that it is one of the oldest countries in the world. Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili, said that the opportunity to host this great European event is an affirmation that Tbilisi was indeed a European city and Georgia a European country. The presence and participation of the Prime Minister was also an indication of how heavily the government is invested in the games.

Mr. Aleksi Akhvlediani, chairman of the games intimated that this was the thirteenth edition of the games that are governed under the Olympic charter. The young participants also had a lot to say about the games and their individual ambitions. Dani Georgiou a sixteen-year-old Cypriot sees that games as an opportunity to prepare for the Olympics. This perspective is shared by many of the youth participating in the games.

Karalis So Close to the World Youth Best in Tbilisi

Karalis So Close to the World Youth Best In Tbilisi

Karalis So Close to the World Youth Best In Tbilisi

It was in Tbilisi that Emmanouil Karalis almost earned history in the European Youth Championships that were held in Georgia in 2016. This four-day competition gathered athletes from different countries in Europe. Karalis represented his Greece nationality in the championships.

At just 16 years old, Karalis was on his toes to convince the world that the books of history will be rewritten with an inclusion of his name at Tbilisi. He competed out with other athletes in the pole vault such as Alina Shukh. Initially, the event was affected by gusting wind. However, it turned out to be a fascinating one as a total of five vaulters recorded their best in their lifetimes.

However, despite the record-making pole vault event, Karalis did not meet the expectations laid on him. Nonetheless, he earned himself a gold medal at the best position with a 5.40m and 5.45m during initial attempts ahead of Germany international Bo Kanda Lita Baehre who made it at 5.30m. Bo Kanda also attempted the 5.40m and 5.45m but he could not go past Karalis.

After raising the bar to 5.56m, Karalis made his best in two consecutive attempts only to fail in third try. This denied him a chance to go past the record set in 5.55m. At the same time, it kept him within the past athletes although he scooped the gold medal with him after making it higher than Bo Kanda.

However, Karalis is tipped to stun the world after his considerable and effortful practices ahead of IAAF World Junior Championship. This event will be held at Bydgoszcz in Poland starting from next week. At 17 years now, it may be appropriate time for Karalis to go ahead and break the strings of record.

Currently, 17 years have passed after Sydney Olympics when Trine Hatterstad scooped the Olympic javelin gold. However, there has been a promising javelin thrower in Norway by the name Arianne Duarte Morais. Previously, Arianne was able to qualify after recording 57.51m throw.

Later on, it was an interesting moment when the 17-year old youngster made a 60.89m longer throw which was better than the qualifying performance. This went on to be the third best javelin throw in the world in the all-time ranking for the youths.

At Tbilisi, Brits also had a time to enjoy the championships. Among the Brit athletes was Mills. Amidst weather affected by gusting winds, Holly Mills was able to record a 6.19m during the third round of Long Jump. Again, Maja Bedrec went all the way to 6.27m in the last round to make the event her best in lifetime.

Later in the day, another Brit, George Mills, was involved in the 800m men’s race final. Also, at 17 years, George Mills covered the round in 54.81 seconds to do away with Italy’s Andrea Romani and Simeone Barontini in their over 1.49 performances each.

However, Sabrina Sinha was denied by a Swiss, Delia Sciabas, in the 1500m-girls’ race. Erin Wallace came third on the same race. The Finland international Viivi Lehikoinen who was the favorite in the 400m also came on to scoop the gold. He took the lead ahead of Yasmin Giger of Switzerland. Back behind them were Spain’s Aleix Porras and Italy’s Allessandro Sibilio.

In the discus final, Georgios Koniarakis from Cyprus made it to the gold with his best throw at 61.80m after three attempts. Belgium’s Jorg Vanlierde went ahead in decathlon claimed the win ahead of Germany’s Manuel Wagner. However, the Belgian only claimed a gold after losing to Tim van de Velde (5:53.77) and Remi Schyns (5:55.06) in 2000m steeplechase.

In the high jump, Maja Nilsson from Sweden competed with Lithuania’s Baikstyte and won in 1.82m against 1.79m. Triple jumpers went to France’s Martin Lamou at 16.03m jump. The relay medleys were scooped by French and Italian girls recording scores of 2:08.48 and 1:52.78 in respective order.

In wrapping up the championships, British amassed with 5 gold medals and 13 total medals. Germany followed with 4 gold medals while Greece, France, and Italy took 3 gold medals each. However, we are anticipating for a better and a more stunning performance in the 2018 European Youth Championships that will take place in Gyor, Hungary.