Kontides makes history,first Cyprus Olympic medal

At last! An Olympic medal for my country. Cypriot sailor Pavlos Kontides is set to become the country’s first Olympic medal winner in the single-handed Laser class.

The 22-year-old shipping science student was ecstatic as he came ashore after the two final races in the pre-medal series.

“This has been the greatest day of my life,” a beaming Kontides said on Saturday after scoring second position overall in the 10 races, behind Australian favourite Tom Slingsby.

Kontides, who took a two-year break from his studies at Southampton University, has a big enough gap over his nearest rival to ensure he takes home silver.

He is due to compete in the 10-boat deciding medal race on Monday and still hopes he can make his country’s first medal as an independent sporting nation a gold.

“Mathematically, gold is still possible. I have to try,” he said, adding that he would use Sunday’s rest day to recuperate and focus on tactics.

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Devoted Father, Husband and Employee.Endurance sports fanatic (running,cycling,swimming).Triathlon athlete and coach.If only days had more than 24 hours.

2 Responses to Kontides makes history,first Cyprus Olympic medal

  1. bgddyjim says:

    Awesome brother. Glad you guys can get the first out ofthe way. I hope your nation celebrates big.

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