BEIJING, 24 August 2008 - Iceland won the silver medal
in men's Handball on the very last day of the XXIX
Olympic Games Beijing 2008, after losing to France
28-23 in the
Although Handball does not feature on the programme
of the Games of the Small States of Europe, this was
the only medal by any of the eight small states of
Europe eligible to participate in the XIII GSSE
other close calls at Beijing had failed to result in
medals for small states of Europe.
Shooting, Antonis Nikoalidis of Cyprus finished
fourth in the men's Skeet competition , following a
shoot-off for bronze with France's Anthony Terras.
Giorgos Achilleos, also of Cyprus, finished a
close fifth in the final rankings of men's Skeet.
Cycling, Luxembourg's Andy Schleck
forged the winning breakaway with a late-race attack
on the final uphill of the men's Road Race, but the
tall climber did not have the best sprinting legs
and was forced to settle for fifth.
Sunday's was the fourth medal overall for Iceland in the
Olympic Games since the nordic country's first participation back in
1908. Iceland had previously won a silver in the
men's Triple Jump with Vilhjalmur Einarsson in 1956
and bronze in men's Judo with Bjarni
Fridriksson in 1984, and women's Pole Vault
with Vala Flosadottir in 2000.
from Iceland, Luxembourg is the only other small
state of Europe to have won an Olympic medal in
Summer Games. In
1952 Josy Barthel set an Olympic record of 3:45.1 in
the 1500m. to clinch first place in the race.
Earlier, Joseph Alzin had won a weightlifting silver
in 1920 in Antwerp, to become Luxembourg's first
ever Olympic medallist.
Theato, competing for France at the 1900 Olympic
Games and winner of the gold medal in the Martathon,
was later discovered to be actually Luxembourgish.
However, his gold medal is still credited to France
by the International Olympic Committee.
sole Cypriot athlete to have won an Olympic medal is
Ioannins Phrangoudis, who clinched a gold, a silver
and a bronze in Shooting at the 1896 Games. However,
Cypriots at the time were competing under the Greek
flag and his medals are credited to Greece.
Winter Olympic Games Liechtenstein boasts nine
medals and Luxembourg has won two.