Olympiacos is this year’s men’s table tennis champion again. Initially, he secured the ‘sceptres’ when he beat Panathinaikos 4-1 in the postponed derby of the 16th matchday of A1, after increasing the unbeaten streak and mathematically securing the second straight championship.
Subsequently, he prevailed in the other two postponed matches and, thus, completed his effort with absolute victories, as he had done last year.
Panathinaikos was ranked second and AS Pera third.
Also, in the SEF, the undefeated Olympiacos played its last three matches in the women’s A1, with the title secured since March. The match against Panathinaikos was prestigious, the Piraeus team prevailed 4-0, using a trio of foreign athletes, and then closed this year’s effort, putting younger athletes.
The second place in the championship was taken by Sarises Florina and the third by Panathinaikos.
In men’s A1, Olympiacos had to play three matches for the last matches, the 16th, 17th and 18th matches. The match against Panathinaikos was of great interest, because it would probably decide the title. Olympiacos lined up three of its four very strong foreign athletes, the Croatians Pukar, Gatsina and the Portuguese Monteiro (the Englishman Liam Pitchford, who had matches in Thailand’s Star Contender, was missing). In relation to the first round game, Panathinaikos used the Bulgarian Petios Krastef instead of Nikos Antoniadis.
Olympiacos, which also had as a strong support the 4-2 of last November, prevailed with a 4-1 set after a very spectacular and powerful match that lasted three hours. He is crowned champion for the 16th time in his history and this year he still had Tasos Riniotis, Sokratis Giannoutsos, the Italian Antonino Amato and the Portuguese Enio Mendes in his squad. On the bench is his longtime coach, Giorgos Christoforakis.
In the news of the match was undoubtedly the new great victory of Constantinos Angelakis against a first class European. The international defender temporarily leveled at 1-1 when he beat João Monteiro, three-time European champion in the men’s team, men’s doubles and mixed doubles and member of the legendary Portugal national team with Freitas and Apollonia, 3-2 in sets.
In detail, the progress of the match Olympiacos-Panathinaikos 4-1:
Tomislav Pukar-Konstantinos Konstantinopoulos 3-1 (9-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-9)
João Monteiro-Konstantinos Angelakis 2-3 (10-12, 11-13, 11-3, 11-8, 7-11)
Andrey Gatsina-Petio Krastev 3-0 (11-6, 11-8, 11-7)
Pukar-Angelakis 3-1 (7-11, 11-6, 11-9, 15-13)
Gatsina-K. Konstantinopoulos 3-1 (11-4, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6)
With 4-0 later came the victories of Olympiakos against AEK, which lined up a strong trio, and Pera, which had substitutes. Remarkably, Alexandros Madesis came one breath away from causing a major surprise against Croatia’s Andrej Gatsina, world number 23 and former European men’s doubles champion.
The international teenager of AEK led in the fifth set 7-4 and then had a match point with 10-9, but in the end he fought back with 3-2 and 12-10 in the opposite set.
Tataula and Elefsina go to the play-offs next week, while Ifitos Patron, Chania and ASEA Kavala are relegated to A2.
In the postponed women’s games, the only question mark was whether Olympiacos, who had secured the title since March, would complete the tournament undefeated. In the match against Panathinaikos for the 12th game, he lined up only with foreign athletes and this made him a great favorite for another victory.
Indeed, with the Ukrainian Pesochka, the Hungarian Pota and the Swedish Bergand, she did not encounter any difficulties against the third ranked player and prevailed with a 4-0 set. Panathinaikos had the Hungarian Sandra Pergel in the trio.
During the championship, the coach of Olympiakos also had in his composition the Italian Deborah Vivarelli, Aliki Kioufi, Evelina Meramvelliotaki and Maria-Ioanna Creanga.
In detail, the progress of the match Panathinaikos-Olympiakos 0-4:
Katerina Toliou-Georgina Pota 0-3 (4-11, 5-11, 3-11)
Konstantina Paridis-Margarita Pesotska 0-3 (6-11, 1-11, 5-11)
Sandra Pergel-Philippa Bergand 0-3 (9-11, 8-11, 10-12)
Toliou-Pesotska 1-3 (6-11, 2-11, 11-9, 9-11)
The postponed match did not take place with the last-placed National of Alexandroupolis, who did not “come down” to Athens and were eliminated.
In the last match of the Saturday schedule, Olympiacos beat Pera Athens 4-2 for the 13th matchday. For the losers, Dimitra Tsekoura had two positive results against Kreanga and Meramvelliotaki.
Aris 2006 and HAN Thessaloniki will claim to stay in the upcoming playoffs, while Ethnikis Alexandroupolis is relegated to the second category.
The results of the day:
In men’s A1:
Olympiacos SF – Panathinaikos AO 4-1
AEK – Olympiacos SFP 0-4
Olympiacos SF – AS Pera Athens 4-0
In women’s A1:
Panathinaikos AO – Olympiacos SFP 0-4
Ethnikis Alexandroupolis – Olympiacos 0-4 a.a.
Olympiacos SFP-AS Pera Athens 4-2
THE FINAL STANDING IN THE MEN’S A1:
1. Olympiacos SFP 36
2. Panathinaikos AO 34
3. AS Pera 31
4. AEK 28
5. OEA Rethymno 27
6. AO Tataula 26
7. GAS Elefsis 25
8. AS Ifitos Patras 22
9. OA Chania 21 *
10. ASEA Kavala 19
*OA Chania had a nullification.
THE FINAL STANDING IN THE A1 WOMEN’S CATEGORY:
1. Olympiacos SFP 28
2. ASEA Sarises Florinas 25
3. Panathinaikos AO 24
4. AEK 22
5. AS Pera Athens 21
6. AO Aris 2006 18
7. CHAN Thessaloniki 16
8. Ethnikis Alexandroupolis 13 *
*Ethnikis had a nihilism.
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