Sports Round-Up: Few Winners
Those based in or visiting Tallinn in the past week may have noticed gangs of tall youths walking around – no cause for alarm as they are probably part of the U20 European Championships in Basketball, taking place in Tallinn in mid-July.
The local team claimed fourth place in its five-strong group, meaning it is now competing for from 13th to 20th place.
In the current interim-group stage, Estonia will have to battle Georgia (today at 13:30 local time), Sweden (on Tuesday) and Bulgaria (on Wednesday) to avoid dropping out of the highest division.
Estonia has so far only won against the Czech Republic.
Still, Estonia can rejoice as neighbors Latvia have four wins in four games, including Spanish and Russian scalps, and Lithuania has three of four, only losing to Greece.
Rasmus Mägi broke the Estonian 400-meter hurdles record on Saturday, claiming the bronze medal at the European Athletics U23 Championships in Tampere, Finland.
Mägi broke his own record by 0.32 seconds and the record now stands at 49.19. The result was only 0.04 seconds away from a silver medal at the competition.
Football clubs FC Flora and Narva Trans have ended their European campaigns for this year, both losing in the first qualifying rounds of the European League.
Flora drew 1-1 in Tallinn and 0-0 in Albania, to lose to Kukesi Football Club on away goals. Narva Trans lost both games to Sweden's Gefle, with a combined score of 8-1.
Levadia lost the first game against Welsh side Bala Town 1-0, but Rimo Hunt's hattrick in the reverse fixture in Tallinn was enough to send Levadia to the second round of the qualifiers, where they will face Targu Jiu Pandurii of Romania next. Those games will take place on July 16 (Tallinn) and July 25 (in Romania).
Estonian champions Nõmme Kalju will begin their international campaign on Wednesday against HJK Helsinki.
The Estonian hopeful at this year's Tour de France, Rein Taaramäe, is now 1:35:09 behind the leader, losing 29 minutes at the last stage.
Taaramäe came 11th in the 2011 competition, the best ever by an Estonian cyclist, but now looks increasingly unlikely to repeat that success.