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Russia leads at 2015 IBSA Men’s Goalball European C Championships

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Russian players Dmitry Elin and Edward Pambuhchyan. Image credit: GoalballClub Korolev

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.

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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.

Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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