Games For Cypriot Sailors
LIMASSOL, 6 June
2009 - The efforts of
the Cypriot sailing athletes at the XIII Games of the
Small States of Europe has been deemed a total success
by the Cypriot federation officials.
impressive wins of Pavlos Kontides in the laser event
and Natasa Christodoulou in the laser radial event
earned Cyprus two gold medals. The two Cypriot champions
once again showed their strength and talent on the
international stage and much will be expected from them
in the future.
Kontides had finished first in all six races and
Christodolou had three first place finishes whilst she
twice finished second and once third.
was also an encouraging performance from Maria Sarri who
was leading in the optimist event but later fell behind
in the latter stages of the race to finally finish with
second place and the silver medal.
Another highlight of
the event was the inclusion of Maria Solomonidou who at
just 13-years-old won the bronze medal in the optimist
event. It wasnít just budding athletes getting the
headlines but also aging veterans like Elena
Ioannou-Papazolglou who took the podium to also take the
bronze medal in the laser radial event.
Eleni Kyriakidou came
in fourth in the optimist event with Grigoris Grigoriou
coming fourth in the menís optimist event.
Fifth place was taken by Panagiota
Grigoriou in the laser radial.
The Technical Director of the Cyprus
Sailing Federation Totos Theodosiou expressed his
satisfaction not only with the performance of the
Cypriot athletes but also with the games as a whole.
"Everything went like we expected and we showed that
Cypriots have huge potential in many areas. Everyone ran
like clockwork and we are totally satisfied."