Cyprus Mail

Kontides finishes 7th in Rio (updated)

Cypriot Olympic hope, sailor Pavlos Kontides failed to win a bronze medal, finishing in seventh place in the final standings on the last day of the laser class sailing at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday.

Kontides finished sixth in his final race.

“Certainly I’m disappointed,” Kontides said after the race. “I made a choice at the beginning of the race and it didn’t go as planned,” he added.

According to Cyprus Sport Writers’ Union reporter Erodotos MiltiadousKontides came unstuck in the 5th race, in which he finished 25th. “I am not happy, it is not the result I wanted. It is important though that I had chances right until the medal race. When I get back to Cyprus I will speak to my coach, we will see the reasons and correct the mistakes. But that race where I came 25th cost me. I have the abilities to get a medal and I was aiming for gold”.

The gold medal was won by Australian Tom Burton, the silver by Tonci Stipanovic from Croatia and the bronze by New Zealander Sam Meech.

Limassol born Kontides’ performance had raised hopes of him winning an Olympic medal as he did four years ago in London with a silver, making him the first ever Cypriot to do so. Entering the race the best possible outcome would have been a bronze.

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