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Cyprus wins silver in judo

By Andreas Vou

Andreas Krassas earned Cyprus a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games following his impressive run in the under-66kgs judo class.

The 23-year-old eventually lost out in the final against Englishman Colin Oates, who put in a dominant display to beat a defiant Krassas. The 31-year-old currently ranked seventh in the world proved too tough a competitor for the Cypriot, ending the bout with a quick throw and armlock combination to which Krassas submitted.

Few had given any of the Cypriot athletes who travelled to Scotland a hope of achieving any significant success but Krassas defied the odds and sent out a clear message to the doubters by winning four straight matches en route to the final.

Alex Amoako of Ghana was his first victim, followed by Australia’s Steven Brown in the last-16, Mathews Punza of Zambia was then swiftly dealt with in the quarter-final. The semis saw Krassas go head-to-head with South Africa’s Siyabulela Mabulu, a former African Championships bronze medalist. A solitary yuko score was enough to guarantee a medal for Cyprus.

“I have been working hard on matters of physical condition lately, with intense training sessions in order to be able to last this series of matches. I had a problem in three tendons on my feet but, during the matches, I was not thinking about it at all. Really, I should not be here, because I risked worsening the state of my foot. In the final, my opponent was more experienced, and I think that is where the game was decided,” Krassas said.

The silver medal earned by Krassas makes it just the second that Cyprus has won in judo in the history of the 20 Commonwealth Games, after Christos Christodoulides’ silver in 2002 in Manchester.

17-year-old Christos Trikomitis, in the 60kg category, was unable to overcome the challenge of Brandon Dodds and was knocked out in the first round, coming ninth in the final standings.

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