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GSSE Country Profile: Monaco

NICOSIA, 29 May 2009 If the the top three countries in the medals rankings of the Games of the Small States of Europe got to climb on their own podium, then Monaco is still waiting for its flag to be hoisted on the mast. Traditionally, Monaco is ranked 4th (seven times), behind the "giants" of the Games, Iceland, Cyprus and Luxembourg. Twice, though, in 1993 and 2007, the Principality came close fulfilling its dream of a third-place finish, falling just one medal short of Luxembourg on both occasions.

Monaco's inability to aim for more than a proud presence and a respectable medal ranking should not surprise anyone, as the Principality is indeed the smaller country of Europe, with an area of less than two square kilometers and a population of 34,000.

Having stated that, Monaco's general presence throughout the years in the GSSE has to be considered positive and successful. Nobody can claim that those 319 medals in twelve GSSEs is not a good number, as it places the country at the 4th place overall, way behind third-placed Luxemburg, but also respectively ahead of 5th-placed San Marino.

In the last few years, Monaco has made some improvement. For the first time in history, the country won a double-digit number of gold medals (11) in 2005. In 2007, the Principality hosted the Games, winning 19 gold and 52 in total.

That great performance of 2007 is difficult to be surpassed in CYPRUS 2009, as Monaco will be competing "away" from home. A more realistic target would be at least 17 gold medals, which will bring Monaco's tally to total of 100 overall.

MONACO AT THE GSSE
. Rank Gold Silver Bronze Total
I 1985 7th 0 0 2 2
II 1987 4th 6 3 11 20
III 1989 4th 5 7 9 21
IV 1991 4th 8 13 14 35
V 1993 4th 7 13 10 30
VI 1995 5th 3 4 17 24
VII 1997 4th 7 6 14 27
VIII 1999 6th 5 9 6 20
IX 2001 6th 5 8 14 27
X 2003 5th 7 7 10 24
XI 2005 4th 11 8 18 37
XII 2007 4th 19 16 17 52
Total 4th 83 94 142 319

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