Cyprus may not have secured a medal in the Rio Olympics, but still made history as six athletes qualified to the finals of their events.
Herodotos Miltiaous, correspondent of the Cyprus Sportwriters Union, said four years after the first ever Olympic medal with Pavlos Kondites’ second place in sailing, the island could not achieve its target of securing more medals.
However, the Rio Olympic Games marked Cyprus best-ever performance, as six of the fifteen athletes participating secured a spot in the finals of their events.
Speaking to the correspondent of the Cyprus Union of Sport Writers, Herodotos Miltiadous, Chief of the Mission Olga Piperides described Cyprus’ participation in the Rio Olympic Games as very successful.
“We may not have secured a medal in these Games but we had six athletes in the finals. Four of them have been declared Olympians with three seventh placings and one eighth. Such success for Cyprus is unprecedented and shows that our athletes could claim distinction in various events just as long as they have the right high-level infrastructure and preparation,” she said.
In athletics, Cyprus for the first time was represented in the Men`s High Jump final with Kyriakos Ioannou and Demetris Hondrokoukis. Ioannou finnished 7th and Hondrokouis 12th.
Apostolos Parelis and Milan Trajkovic also participated in the Men`s discus throw and 110m hurdles finals finishing 8th and 7th respectively.
Eleni Artymata, one of Cyprus` most seasoned athletes, participated in the Women`s 200 m finishing 39th.
Marios Georgiou also made history as he qualified in the Gymnastics and Men`s Individual all-around, while in sailing Kontides participated in the Laser`s medal race both in the London and the Rio Olympics.
In sailing, Kontides had set his sights high for a medal but finished 7th in Laser. Andreas Kariolou in RS:X finished 18th.
Furthermore, 21-year old Lia Kallenou finished 32nd in the Women`s High Jump finals.
In swimming, Sotia Neofytou participated in the Women`s 100m butterfly finishing 38th and Iacovos Hadjicostas finished 47th in the Men`s 400 freestyle.
Andri Christoforou participated in cycling, in the women`s road race, but failed to finish within the time limit.