In Brief

Kaklamanakis adds more gold to collection Veteran sailing champion Nikos Kaklamanakis proved his enduring strength once again as he finished first at the RS:X Masters World Championship in Weymouth, Great Britain, last weekend. The 1996 Olympic gold medalist took the gold after a tight battle with Portugal’s Joao Rodrigues. Separately, in the Aegean Regatta that ended last weekend at the island of Leipsoi, the IRC category trophy went to the crew of the Baximus Alpha Bank Bonus boat, captained by Athanasios Baxevanis. Cosmote Erytos 2 with Costas Manthos and Stavros Tzavalos won the ORC International category and Red Rose, captained by Adam Tsiolakakis, won the ORC Club category. Heavy friendly loss for Greek hoopsters The men’s national basketball team suffered a shocking 81-64 loss in Slovenia in a friendly match in its last game before the European Championship starts next Monday, September 7, in Poland. Having successfully defended its title at the Acropolis tournament in Athens last week, Greece received a wake-up call from the Slovenians ahead of the year’s biggest tournament. A day earlier, Greece beat Bulgaria 100-73. Volleyball The national volleyball team leaves for Turkey today ahead of the start of the European Championship in Izmir and Istanbul. Greece is in the same group as Spain, Slovenia and Slovakia and starts with its first game against Spain on Friday afternoon. The squad will include injured Dimitris Djuric, with national coach Dimitris Kazazis hoping for his full recovery in time for the group games. Judo The International Judo Federation announced that the World Junior Championship will not take place in Greece but in France on October 22-25. The IJF suggested that some of the requirements needed for the event to take place at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus had not been met in time.