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Little Stopping Iceland And Stacchiotti

LIMASSOL, 5 June 2009 - The final day of swimming belonged to Iceland as the Nordic nation secured wins in four of the six events whilst the remaining two golds were shared between Liechtenstein and Luxembourg.

But it wasn't only Iceland stealing the show at the Limassol Swimming Pool but also Luxembourg’s boy wonder Raphael Stacchiotti who rounded off his remarkable performances at the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe with a seventh gold medal.

The 17-year-old sensation, who has so far been the star of the games, capped off a brilliant last few days with the gold in the 400m medley securing a new games record in the process with his time of 4.28.78.

Second place went to Hocine Constantin Haciane of Andorra who finished on 4.35.77 with Iceland’s Jakob Johann Sveinsson taking third place and the bronze medal with 4.41.15.

In the 800m women’s event, Julia Hassler of Liechtenstein took the gold with a new games record of 8.52.18 with Cyprus’ Anna Stylianou finishing second with 9.08.63. Sigrun Bra Sverissdottir of Iceland came in third with 9.15.67 to take the bronze medal.

In the 1,500m men’s event, Iceland’s Thor Sindri Jakobsson prevailed with a time of 16.17.74, with San Marino’s Nicolini Emanuele taking second place and the silver medal with 16.27.29 and Cyprus’ Marios Papagiannopoulos coming in third with 16.28.45.

In the 400m women’s medley event, Elin Inga Cryer of Iceland raced to first place to claim the gold with a time of 5.03.56 which was also a new games record with Liechtenstein’s Julia Hassler claiming the silver medal with 5.05.82 and Simona Muccioli taking the bronze medal with a time of 5.09.45.

In the 4x100m women’s freestyle event, the Iceland relay team took the gold medal with a time of 3.52.06 for a new games record whilst second place and the silver went to Luxembourg. Cyprus took third place after finishing with a time of 4.03.57.

In the 4x100m men’s freestyle event, Iceland was again the winner with a time of 3.28.80 with Monaco taking the silver medal with 3.32.49 and Cyprus taking third place and the bronze medal after finishing with a time of 3.43.40.

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