With the first full day of competition completed at the 2015 IBSA Goalball European C Championships in Malmö, Sweden, Russia’s men lead the competition with 3 wins in 3 games, scoring 28 while only allowing 17. They beat Portugal in their first game 7 – 5. In their second game, they beat Greece 7 – 2. In their last game of the day, they defeated Croatia 14 – 10. The Russian team includes Sergey Avdoshkin, Alexey Sokolov, Dmitry Elin, Vladimir Borblik, Daniil Isay and Eduard Pambukhchian.
Top ranked competitor Great Britain sits in second with 2 wins in 2 games played, outscoring their opposition 27 – 12. In their first game, they beat Greece 13 – 5. In their second game, they put away Italy 14 – 7. The British side includes David Butler of Nottingham, Filmon Eyassu of Cambridge, Adam Knott and David Knott of Winchester, and Daniel Roper who plays for RNC Hereford.
Portugal is in third position with 1 win and 1 loss. They have been outscored in these games by their opposition 14 – 15. They lost 5 – 7 to Russia, and beat Bulgaria 9 – 8. Greece is in third position because of goal difference, with 1 win and 2 losses. They lost 5 – 13 to Great Britain, lost 2 – 7 to Russia and beat Bulgaria 12 – 2. Other games saw Bulgaria defeat Croatia 15 – 8, and Italy went down to Croatia 2 – 4.
Group play takes place for the first two days of competition, with the semifinals, bronze medal and gold medal matches scheduled for Thursday. The top three finishers of this competition move up to the European B Men’s Championship for 2016.