Cyprus Mail

Cypriot sailor second in Laser Standard Men’s World Championship

Cypriot sailor Pavlos Kontides remains in second place after an action-packed day five in the Laser Standard Men’s World Championship 2013 taking place in Oman.

Bad weather conditions  postponed one of the day’s two races, the organisers taking the decision for safety reasons.

According to the Cyprus Sailing Federation, Kontides finished in 16th position in Thursday’s race. This did not affect the overall standings, as he is in second position with 36 points, nine points behind the leader Brazilian Robert Scheidt.

The distance from the third place has increased. Swedish Jesper Stalheim has 42 points. German Philipp Buhl who is fourth, has 43.

“Five days have been completed. We are in a good position. There is a way to go. The target is possible. Pavlos is totally focused on his efforts. As a matter of fact, he even avoids speaking with the persons closest to him,” said the Cypriot sailor’s father Panagiotis Kontides, who is watching his son’s efforts.

Kontides became the first Cypriot athlete ever to win an Olympic medal for his country. He secured the silver medal in the 2012 London Olympic Games in the Men’s Laser class.

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