Held every four years, the Mediterranean Games, staged this time in Mersin, Turkey, attracted 4,000 athletes in 32 sports from 24 countries. A total of 52 different facilities were involved and many were constructed within the past eighteen months. Certainly those present were very impressed by what was provided for the athletes, officials and spectators. The sun drenched skiers and 32C (90 fahrenheit) temperature added a special sense of occasion in a historic region with a 6,000 year history.
Mersin’s new 25,000 seat Olympic Stadium staged the Official Opening Ceremony of the 2013 Mediterranean Games. Waterski Slalom skiers, one of the extreme sports of the Games, took part from Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, France, Italy, Lebanon, Serbia, Spain and Turkey.
Beatrice Ianni ITA was the fifth skier off of the dock in the finals of the 8 who qualified. She opened up the lead with 4.5 at 32 off right infront of Sandra Botas ESP previous 2 at 32 off. Next out was Manon Costard FRA, Europe’s 2011 Slalom Champion. Her superb score of four buoys at 28 off pushed her way ahead of everybody at the closing moments. This was also a new Mediterranean Games Slalom Record. Next and last out was Clementine Lucine FRA. As all watched her get closer and closer to Costard, suddenly she went down at 2.5 at 38 off.
1. Manon Costard FRA
2. Clementine Lucine FRA
3. Beatrice Ianni ITA
In the Men’s Finals 4th off the dock was defending Mediterranean Games Slalom Champion, Matteo Luzzeri ITA, who scored a lead of 1.5 buoys at 35 off. Grigoris Sarantis GRE tried to respond but went down early. Twenty two-year old THibaut Dailland, National Slalom Champion of France, was superb and took the lead with 3.5 buoys at 35off. Carlo Allais ITA, was last off the dock and put some pressure on him. To the delight of the cheering spectators, he pulled out all the stop and waved to the crowds with a final score of 4 buoys at 35off.
1. Carlo Allais ITA
2. Thibaut Dailland FRA
3. Matteo Luzzeri ITA
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