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French Finish on Top as Mediterranean Games End
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Italy earned two more gold medals Friday as the Mediterranean Games concluded in Pescara, but finished second to France in the final medal tally.

Elisabetta Preziosa (Italy) won the gold on women's floor exercise and the bronze on balance beam in Pescara.

First-year senior Elisabetta Preziosa won the women's floor exercise title, and Enrico Pozzo won high bar to give the host nation its third and fourth gold medals.

Vasiliki Millousi won balance beam, Greece's second gold following Thursday's floor exercise victory by Eleftherios Kosmidis.

Women's all-around champion Youna Dufournet (France), who had a chance tie or surpass Vanessa Ferrari's haul of five golds at the 2005 Mediterranean Games, came up short. She placed second to Millousi on balance beam and fifth on floor exercise. Dufournet has swept the competition until Friday, leading France to the team title and winning gold medals in the all-around, vault and uneven bars.

Dufournet, who turns 16 in October, said she was most pleased with the team title.

"I am very happy for me and the French team," she said. "With our team medal, it makes for a good Games. It's very encouraging for the future as we prepare for our next major competition."

2008 Olympic silver medalist Thomas Bouhail won men's vault, the seventh gold for France. Manuel Carballo won parallel bars for Spain's only gold in Pescara.

France finished atop the medal standings in artistic gymnastics with 17 medals, including seven gold. Italy won 12 medals in Pescara, including four gold. Spain, with five medals, finished third.

The 2013 Mediterranean Games will take place in Volos, Greece.

External Link: 2009 Mediterranean Games

16th Mediterranean Games
July 3, Pescara, Italy

Balance Beam Final
1.Vasiliki Millousi14.725
2.Youna Dufournet14.625
3.Elisabetta Preziosa14.450
4.Paola Galante13.975
5.Sasa Golob13.450
6.Ivana Kamnikar13.350
7.Andriana Syrigou12.950
8.Marine Petit12.000

Women's Floor Exercise Final
1.Elisabetta Preziosa14.175
2.Rose-Eliandre Bellemare13.875
3.Emily Armi13.825
4.Evgenia Zafeiraki13.775
5.Youna Dufournet13.725
6.Vasiliki Millousi13.600
7.Sherine El Zeiny13.250
8.Adela Sajn13.175

Men's Vault Final
1.Thomas Bouhail16.462
2.Andrea Cingolani15.775
3.Wajdi Bouallegue15.462
4.Rok Klavora15.450
5.Michail Doulkeridis15.300
6.Abdelrahman Sobhy15.287
7.Fabian Gonzalez14.862
8.Mohmed Elsaharty7.150

Parallel Bars Final
1.Manuel Carballo14.875
2.Danny Pinheiro14.725
3.Rafael Martinez14.675
4.Matteo Morandi14.625
5.Dimitris Krasias14.125
6.Hamilton Sabot13.800
7.Christos Lympanovnos13.575
8.Alberto Busnari13.550

High Bar Final
1.Enrico Pozzo15.400
2.Aljaz Pegan15.000
3.Hamilton Sabot14.875
4.Paolo Ottavi14.450
5.Fabian Gonzalez14.400
6.Umit Samiloglu14.000
7.Rafael Martinez13.750
8.Marko Brez12.600

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Ossiana said:

Vanessa Ferrari obtained 5 golds at the 2005 Mediterranean Games. Dufournet could have tied Ferrari or surpass her. By no means could she have surpassed laura Muñoz.
Spain's Laura Muñoz obtained 6 golds at the 1983 Games (Casablanca, Morocco) and received the honorific title of the Queen of Casablanca. She swept clean again at the 1987 Games (Latakia, Syria), and received again the title of Empress of Latakia.
July 04, 2009
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Liz said:

July 05, 2009
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