Seven men’s goalball teams from around the world met in Vilnius, Lithuania, beginning on 24 April for three days of competition in the Lithuanian Blind Sports Federation’s International Men’s Goalball Tournament.
The tournament included two teams from Lithuania along with national teams from Algeria, Finland, Spain, Ukraine and the USA. Lithuania’s top team – which included Nerijus Montvydas, Arturas Jonikatis, Zydrunas Simkus, Sulius Leonavicius and Marius Zibolis – finished in first place and Algeria took the second spot.
Lithuania’s second team finished in third place and were followed in the standings by Finland, Spain, USA and Ukraine, respectively.
Algeria’s Mohamed Mokrane led all players in the tournament with 43 goals, while Montvydas was the leading scorer for the winning team with 27 goals.
Lithuania – which finished in fourth place at the London 2012 Paralympics – continue their impressive lead up to their title defence at the 2014 IBSA Goalball World Championships which will be held in two months.
The Lithuanians will hope to continue their roll this weekend when the next international tournament for male national teams takes place.
The PaPa Championships will be running in Belgium this weekend (2-4 May). Lithuania will be joined by hosts Belgium, Paralympic champions Finland, African champions Algeria Americas runner ups USA and more.
The PaPa Championships will be streamed live at https://www.papachamps.be/international-goalball-tournament
and can be followed on Twitter at @parantee (official hashtag #PaPaChamps) and on Facebook
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