Three Cypriot athletes – hurdler Milan Trajkovic, high-jumper Kyriacos Ioannou, and sailor Pavlos Kontides – secured the 7th spot in their respective events at the Rio Olympics on Wednesday.
Trajkovic came in 7th in the men`s 110m hurdles, completing his race in a time of 13.41s in the early hours of Wednesday.
According to correspondent of the Cyprus Sports Writers Union Erodotos Miltiadous, 24-year-old Trajkovic is the first athlete to represent Cyprus at the finals of a running event in the Olympic Games.
The Olympic gold went to Jamaica`s Omar McLeod with a time of 13.05s, followed by Orlando Ortega from Spain with 13.17s and Dimitri Bascou from France with 13.24s.
Speaking after the race, Trajkovic said that he could do better in the future, noting that it was only the start.
Ioannou also finished in the 7th place in the men`s high jump with 2.29m.
Competing in the same event, at the Rio Olympic Stadium, Greek Dimitrios Chondrokoukis jumped 2.25m and finished 12th.
Derek Drouin from Canada won gold with 2.38m, Mutaz Essa Barshim from Qatar trailed with 2.36m, while the bronze medal went to Bohdan Bondarenko from Ukraine with 2.33m.
Ioannou announced that, after taking part four times, he would not compete again in the Olympic Games.
“My dream came true,” the Cypriot high-jumper said.
“I have won medals in indoor and outdoor track and field world championships and I hoped for a good place in the Olympics. Now I feel complete.”
Meanwhile, Kontides competed late on Tuesday in the medal race in the men`s Laser class with an overall standing of 104 points, securing the 7th best place in the world.
Despite his disappointment, the sailing athlete, who won silver in the 2012 London Olympics, said he would try to improve and come back strong.
The gold medal went to Australia`s Tom Burton with 73 points, while Tonči Stipanović from Croatia secured the second place with 75 points and Sam Meech from New Zealand came third with 85 points.
After the race, in which he finished 6th, Kontides said he was disappointed for not being able to reach bronze. He recalled his 5th race, where he came 25th, noting that this placement kept him off the Olympic podium.
“I am not satisfied, this is not the result I wanted,” the London silver medallist said after the race.
He added that he would now review his mistakes with his coach, in order to improve his performance.