The Greek participation at the Olympic Games in London 2012 began today and a lot of the Greek athletes are rushing into the battle for the coveted medals.
At 12 p.m., Yiannis Tamоuridis took part in the cycling race for endurance. His goal is a worthy performance among the giants in the discipline.
At the same time the swimming qualifications at the Aquatic Center also started. Yiannis Drimonakos, who returned to the Olympics after eight years, swam in the 400 metres freestyle race to qualify for the finals tonight (10 p.m.). Drimonakos raced at 12:15 p.m. in the seventh lane. Kristel Vourna swam in the 100 m butterfly qualifications for women. The 20-year-old swimmer aims to qualify for the semi-finals tonight (9:40 p.m.). At 2 p.m. Panagiotis Samilidis competed in the 100 m breaststroke discipline.
The swimming programme ends with a relay race 4Χ100 metres freestyle for women. Nora Drakou, Theodora Yiareni, Neri Niagouara and Kristel Vourna (Martha Matsa - reserve) are swimming in the 6th lane and will try to achieve the best possible result, and why not even a new Republican record.
In the rowing races, taking place at Eton Dorney outside London, brothers Nikos and Apostolos Goudoulas took part today (2:20 p.m.). Opponents of the Greeks are the teams of Germany, Italy and Britain, as the first three qualify for the semi-finals on Wednesday (1 August).
"North Greenwich Arena" hall hosts the qualifications in sports gymnastics for men, as athletes are divided into three groups. Vlassis Maras and Vassilis Tsolakidis are competing in the second, which begins at 5:30 p.m..
The Greek participation for the day ends late in the evening (11:00 p.m.), with Vicky Arvaniti and Maria Tsiartsian competing in the beach volleyball tournament. The Greek pair will face Kunz/Zumker from Switzerland, and in case of a victory, they will rank among the 16 best teams in the Olympics.
Meanwhile, the German Olympic Committee has expressed its indignation with the fact that unknown hackers have entered Natasha Keller's Twitter account, who is the standard-bearer of the German Olympic team, and insulted the Greek athletes. They have tweeted that "barefooted Greek athletes" can be seen in the Olympic Village, apparently with a hint of the difficult economic situation in Greece.
"It is disgraceful for unknown hackers to discredit the Greek-German relations. Whoever did this should be ashamed. This is a despicable act which needs no further comment", said Michael Fesper, director of the German Olympic Committee, which informed the Greek Olympic mission about the incident.