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Icelanders Compete at European Small States Games

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Icelanders Compete at European Small States Games

Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir

Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir. Archive photo. Photo: Screenshot from RÚV.

Competition at the GSSE (Games of the Small States of Europe) began in San Marino yesterday morning. Erla Sigurlaug Sigurðardóttir was the first Icelander to win a medal, placing second in street cycling, RÚV reports. Ágústa Edda Björnsdóttir ended in eighth place, Ása Guðný Ásgeirsdóttir in 12th og Kristín Edda Sveinsdóttir placed 13th.

The Icelandic swim team did not arrive in San Marino before last night and, as a result, got little sleep after a two-day journey. Nonetheless, all Icelanders qualified for the finals this morning.

Eygló Ósk Gústafsdóttir, Hrafnhildur Lúthersdóttir and Bryndís Rún Hansen all achieved the best times for their events. Eygló Ósk achieved the best time in the 200-meter backstroke, 2:23,82 minutes. Íris Ósk Hilmarsdóttir ended in fifth place at 2:28,64 minutes. Hrafnhildur Lúthersdóttir had the best time in the 200-m medley, 2:19,85 mínútur. Sunneva Dögg Friðriksdóttir was 17th with 2:28,60 minutes. Bryndís got the best time in the 100-m crawl, 57.66 seconds. Eygló Ósk was second at 58.48 seconds.

Aron Örn Stefánsson made it to the finals in 100-m breaststroke, by swimming the distance in 52.96 seconds, which was the seventh best time.

Yesterday, events in volleyball, tennis, table tennis, swimming, track-and-field, cycling, shooting, archery and bowling also took place. Icelanders are competing in every event aside from bowling.

In the women’s preliminary archery round with compound bows, Helga Kolbrún Magnúsdóttir placed first. Astrid Daxbock and Margrét Einarsdóttir finished in sixth and seventh place, respectively.

In the men’s preliminary archery round with recurve bows, Sigurjón Atli Sigurðsson ended in seventh place, the best of all Icelanders. He set a new Icelandic record, 630 points. After him, Guðmundur Örn Guðjónsson and Haraldur Gústafsson placed in 12th and 15th place, respectively.

The finals for mens’ compound archery and womens’ recurve archerywill take place on Thursday.

In tennis, Anna Soffía Gronholm and Hera Björk Brynjarsdóttir both competed. They both lost in the first round yesterday and are out of the singles competition. Anna Soffía lost to Judit Alana Cartana from Andorra in two sets, 6:4 and 7:6. Hera Björk lost to Fransesca Curmi from Malta also in two sets, 6:0 and 6:2.

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