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Cyprus Set to Win Its First Medal in Olympic History

Cyprus Gets First Olympic Medal
Cypriot sailor Pavlos Kontides is set to become the country’s first Olympic medal winner next week after guaranteeing himself at least silver 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.
The Cyprus Olympic Committee became a recognised Authority in 1978 and joined the International Olympic Committee in 1979.
The country sent its first team to Moscow in 1980, but it has yet to win an Olympic medal and had set a goal of taking one home in 2012. The 13-strong team includes four in athletics, two sailors, a cyclist, a gymnast, three in the shooting team (skeet), a swimmer and a tennis player.
(Source: Reuters)

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