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GSSE Andorra 1991




From 21st to 25th May 1991, the 4th Games of the Small States of Europe took place in Andorra. The M.O.C., pursuing with determination and efficiency its action, sent a team of 140 participants.



Andorra, 21st May 1991 – The Monegasque delegation

Under the leadership of Ms Yvette Lambin, the Principality’s team won 35 medals, including 8 gold and 13 silver. Over half were won by the swimmers, trained by J.L. Lecharpentier.




Michel Arnoux won the gold medal in the 200 m breaststroke, beating C.Verdino, silver medal.






Sonia Delprete won the gold medal in the long jump, with a 6.16 metre jump.







All the athletes did the Monegasque colours proud, totalling 35 medals and getting ahead in the general ranking, Andorra (14 medals), San Marino (8 medals), Malta (7 medals) and Liechtenstein (6 medals).




GSSE Cyprus 1989



  In May 1989, the 3rd Games of the Small States of Europe took place in Cyprus. One hundred and fifty two athletes, led by Ms Yvette Lambin-Berti, Vice President of the M.O.C., took part in the following events: athletics, basket ball, cycling, judo, swimming, shooting, sailing, tennis and volley ball.




Mai 1989 - La délégation monégasque au départ pour Chypre



This delegation was the largest that had ever left the Principality to take part in an international competition.



Cyprus, 17th May 1989 – Representatives of the Principality enter the Nicosia Stadium




Monaco won 21 medals, including 5 gold and 7 silver, confirming the 4th place they had acquired at the previous edition. Cyprus was the overall winner with 79 medals, beating Iceland (50 medals) and Luxembourg (46 medals).

Monegasque medallists


GSSE Malta 1993



From 23rd to 25th May 1993, the 5th Games of the Small States of Europe took place in Malta. The Monegasque delegation was made up of one hundred and ten people, led by Ms Yvette Lambin-Berti and Doctor Louis Orecchia.



The women from the Monegasque delegation in traditional costume



The athletes competed in seven disciplines: Athletics, Cycling, Judo, Sailing, Swimming, Tennis and Volley Ball. Assisted by Evelyne Monde, the head of mission, Christian Zabaldano won 30 medals in all, including seven gold:



  • 2 in athletics:Sonia Delprete and Lachcen Essoussi,
  • 2 in swimming: Michel Arnoux,
  • 1 in tennis: Emmanuelle Gagliardi,
  • 1 in judo: Gilles Pagès,
  • 1 in sailing: Damien Desprat-Lerale.




Gold medal in tennis: Emmanuelle Gagliardi





Out of the eight competing countries, the Principality of Monaco once again confirmed its position in fourth place.



GSSE San Marino 2001


   From 28th May to 2nd June 2001, the 9th Games of the Small States of Europe took place in San Marino. The country had held the very first edition in 1985.


The Principality of Monaco was represented by 65 Monegasque athletes, with Raymond Gnutti as the head of mission, assisted by Solange Ragazzoni.




The Monegasque delegation drew particular attention to itself at the opening ceremony with all the participants wearing the traditional costume with panache.


The Monegasque delegation during the opening ceremony




The athletes took part in the following events :


  • athletics,
  • basket ball,
  • cycling,
  • judo,
  • tennis,
  • shooting,
  • and for the first time the synchronised swimming and boules events.



For their first participation, the four Monegasque Pétanque and boule Lyonnaise players won 4 medals, including 1 in gold and 2 in silver.


Following the competition, the Principality of Monaco, despite its 27 medals (5 gold, 8 silver and 14 bronze) finished in sixth place. However, in the general country ranking, which takes into account all participations since 1985, Monaco remained in 4th place after Iceland, Cyprus and Luxembourg.




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