2009 Pescara Mediterranean Games
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Pescara, Italy


Stadio Adriatico

Team Gold Medalist


All-Around Gold Medalist

Youna Dufournet (FRA)

Vault Gold Medalist

Youna Dufournet (FRA)

Uneven Bars Gold Medalist

Youna Dufournet (FRA)

Balance Beam Gold Medalist

Vasiliki Millousi (GRE)

Floor Exercise Gold Medalist

Elisabetta Preziosa (ITA)

Preceded by

2005 Almeria Mediterranean Games

Succeeded by

2013 Mersin Mediterranean Games

The 2009 Mediterranean Games, officially the XVI Mediterranean Games (Italian: XVI Giochi del Mediterraneo) and commonly known as Pescara 2009, was a multi-sport event held in Pescara, Italy, from 26 June to 5 July 2009. It was governed by the International Committee of Mediterranean Games (ICMG) (French: Comité international des Jeux méditerranéens). A total of 3,368 athletes (2,183 men and 1,185 women) from 23 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated in the Games. Montenegro participated for the first time at the Mediterranean Games, after their independence in 2006. The program included competitions in 24 different sports, including three non-Olympic sports – bocce, karate, and water skiing – and golf, which will be reinstated as an official Olympic sport in 2016 Summer Olympics. Water skiing was introduced as a demonstration sport. Two disabled sports, athletics and swimming, were also contested in the Games. Italy became the first nation to host the Mediterranean Games three times, having previously hosted them in Naples (1963) and Bari (1997).

Pescara was awarded the Games on 18 October 2003 in Almeria, Spain, which was the host of 2005 Mediterranean Games, defeating bids from Rijeka and Patras. The organising committee of the Games, Comitato Organizzatore dei XVI Giochi del Mediterraneo (COJM), was created in 2006 to oversee the staging of the Games. A total of 33 venues were used to host the events, including Stadio Adriatico— main stadium of the Pescara Games, hosted both the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the athletics competition and football final. Many events took place in several different cities. The official logo of the 2009 Mediterranean Games featured simple graphical illustrations of mountains and sea of the Abruzzo region, and the Marsican brown bear was chosen as the mascot of the Games.

Format of Competition

The competition format was the same as at the Olympics. All participating gymnasts, including those who were not part of a team, participated in a qualification round, which also served as the team final. Each team could only have three gymnasts perform on each apparatus, and all three scores counted toward the team total. The results of this competition determined which teams and individuals participated in the remaining competitions, which included:

  • The all-around competition, in which only the twenty-four highest scoring individuals in the all-around competed. Each country was limited to only two gymnasts in the all-around final.
  • The event finals, in which the eight highest scoring individuals on each apparatus competed. Each country was limited to two gymnasts in each apparatus final.


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Team Flag of France France

Marine Petit
Rose Eliandre Bellemare
Youna Dufournet
Aurélie Malaussena
Pauline Morel

Flag of Italy Italy

Elisabetta Preziosa
Andrea La Spada
Paola Galante
Emily Armi

Flag of Greece Greece

Vasiliki Millousi
Evgenia Zafeiraki
Andriana Syrigou
Viktoria Tsakalidou
Paschalina Mitrakou

All-Around Flag of France Youna Dufournet
France (FRA)
Flag of Italy Elisabetta Preziosa
Italy (ITA)
Flag of France Pauline Morel
France (FRA)
Vault Flag of France Youna Dufournet
France (FRA)
Flag of Turkey Göksu Üçtaş
Turkey (TUR)
Flag of Greece Evgenia Zafeiraki
Greece (GRE)
Uneven Bars Flag of France Youna Dufournet
France (FRA)
Flag of France Pauline Morel
France (FRA)
Flag of Italy Paola Galante
Italy (ITA)
Balance Beam Flag of Greece Vasiliki Millousi
Greece (GRE)
Flag of France Youna Dufournet
France (FRA)
Flag of Italy Elisabetta Preziosa
Italy (ITA)
Floor Exercise Flag of Italy Elisabetta Preziosa
Italy (ITA)
Flag of France Rose Eliandre Bellemare
France (FRA)
Flag of Italy Emily Armi
Italy (ITA)

Medal Count

Rank Country Gold-medal Silver-medal Bronze-medal Total
1 Flag of France France 4 3 1 8
2 Flag of Italy Italy 1 2 3 6
3 Flag of Greece Greece 1 0 2 3
4 Flag of Turkey Turkey 0 1 0 1