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Cypriot athletes in Rio battling to stay in the Games

Ramona Papaioannou

Athlete Apostolos Parellis will take  takes part in the discus final at  4.50 Cyprus time on Saturday, becoming the second Cypriot to compete in the Olympics track and field final, after high jumper Kyriakos Ioannou in 2012.

Cypriot Olympic silver medallist in sailing (London 2012) Pavlos Kontides has two more races on Saturday, before the medal race on Monday.
According to Cyprus Sport Writers` Union reporter Erodotos Miltiadous, now Kontides ranks 10th in the general ranking of the Laser Men Race, having finished 8th and 14th in the 7th and 8th races respectively on Friday.

In statements after the 8th race Kontides was optimistic. “I believe I can reach for a medal and I will do my utmost in the remaining races to achieve it,” he said, adding that “I am very positive, nothing is over.”

Fellow sailor Andreas Cariolou who competed in the RS:X completed his Rio Olympics stint on Friday having finished 22nd, 19th and 20th in the last three races.
Cariolou now ranks 19th in the world with 181 points.

Track and field athlete Ramona Papaioannou was not able to go through to the semi-finals of the women`s 100m, having reached the finish line of Heat 4 in 6th place with 11.61s. She now ranks 45th in the world.

“Today just wasn’t my day,” she told Miltiadous. “I will watch the race later to identify the mistakes made in order to correct them,” she added.

She competes for a spot in the semi-finals in the women`s 200m on Monday.

“I just want to achieve a good time in the 200 metres and beat my own personal record. If I manage to do this I will be pleased,” Papaioannou said. Her personal best is 23.19s since August 2015.

Meanwhile. Andreas Chasikos will continue to compete in the skeet shooting qualifiers and hopes to gain a place in the top six on day two of the qualification phase it the final two rounds on Saturday.


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