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History of the Games: III GSSE - Cyprus 1989
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CYPRUS 1989 MEDALS TABLE

Rk Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1. Cyprus 26 25 28 79
2. Iceland 21 19 10 50
3. Luxembourg 12 16 18 46
4. Monaco 5 7 9 21
5. Liechtenstein 5 2 7 14
6. Andorra 3 1 4 8
7. San Marino 2 4 2 8
8. Malta 1 1 3 5

Following the disappointing finish at the 1987 Games of the Small States of Europe, Cyprus rose to the occasion when the island nation hosted the Games in 1989 and dominated the medals table with 26 gold, sending Iceland to second place for the first time in three editions of the Games.

For the first time since the GSSE were established, all eight participating countries went home with at least one gold medal.

Opening Ceremony in 1989.

From an organisational point of view, the 1989 Games were a huge success and helped establish standards for future editions. Spectators turned out in droves to cheer on the 675 athletes (an increase in participation of 44% compared to the 2nd edition of 1987 and of a whopping 204% compared to the 1st edition of 1985).

The Opening and Closing Ceremonies were held at the Makarion Complex, some facilities of which are to be utilised during the XIII GSSE CYPRUS 2009, twenty years on.

 For a multimedia flashback to 1989, including video highlights, the official soundtrack of the III GSSE and images of the official poster and mascot, please visit our MULTIMEDIA section.


Birds-eye view of the Opening Ceremony at the Makarion Stadium in Nicosia, for the III GSSE 1989.


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