Rio 2016: Anastasiades thanks "amazing" Cyprus Olympians
Cyprus’ Olympians completed an eventful 11th day at Rio 2016, with sailor Pavlos Kontides, High Jumpers Kyriakos Ioannou and Dimitrios Chondrokoukis, and 110m hurdles runner Milan Trajkovic reaching their respective finals.
The Olympians even got special praise from Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades who tweeted: “Kyriakos Ioannou, Dimitrios Chondrokoukis, Pavlos Kontides, Milan Trajkovic you are amazing. Thank you for the joy and honour.”
Κυριάκο Ιωάννου, Δημήτρη Χονδροκούκη, Παύλο Κοντίδη, Μίλαν Τραΐκοβιτς είστε εκπληκτικοί. Σας ευχαριστούμε για την χαρά και την τιμή.— Nicos Anastasiades (@AnastasiadesCY) August 17, 2016
Kontides completed the men’s Laser medal race in sixth place, ending in seventh position overall on Tuesday with 104 points.
Australia’s Tom Burton won gold with 73 points, Croatia’s Tonci Stipanovic grabbed silver with 75 points and New Zealand’s Sam Meech took home bronze with 85 points.
“Now I have a clear mind to analyse what went wrong.
“When I return to Cyprus, I will talk with my coach, we will see what happened and correct the mistakes."
TRAJKOVIC MAKES HISTORY
110m hurdles runner Trajkovic finished seventh in the men`s final clocking 13.41s, during the early hours on Wednesday.
24-year-old Trajkovic made history for Cyprus by being the first athlete to represent the island at the finals of a running event at an Olympic Games.
Jamaica`s Omar McLeod won gold with 13.05s, Spain’s Orlando Ortega took silver with 13.17s and France’s Dimitri Bascou bronze with 13.24s.
Trajkovic stated after the race that he can do better in the future, noting that “this is only the beginning”.
IOANNOU ENDS OLYMPIC ADVENTURE
High Jumper Ioannou completed his final in seventh place with a 2.29m jump.
The 32-year-old Cypriot announced after the final that Rio 2016 represented his final appearance at the Olympics, although he did say he has not retired.
"I have gone mad. I played in four Olympics, Athens, Beijing, finished seventh at London 2012 and now at Rio,” said Ioannou.
Ioannou noted that he had been suffering from an injury and was “satisfied” to have finished seventh.
“I made one of my most beautiful fights. I had the opportunity to jump 2.33m to go into first place but it was very high. In the end everything was good,” said the former world indoor and outdoor champion.
Ioannou dedicated his success to his wife and their baby son due in a few months: "I want to dedicate the success to my wife. I could not bring home the medal, but she will give me the ‘gold’ son in a few months!”
The tall Cypriot also said that he was humbled by all the support he had received back home during the Olympics and assured fans that he will participate at Mediterranean and World Championships.
“I was getting so many messages on my phone. Always my country sends me love and support me and they deserve joy,” added Ioannou.
On Cyprus’ overall success at Rio 2016, the high jumper added: “We are a small island and athletes such as [discus thrower Apostolos Parellis who finished eighth] Kontides and Trajkovic have given their best for Cyprus.”
Ioannou shared an image on Instagram congratulating Trajkovic after his historic performance, writing "in seventh heaven".
Fellow high jumper Chondrokoukis ended in 12th position registering a 2.25m jump.
Chondrokoukis said that he was “satisfied” with his performance at Rio 2016, despite his injury problems.
Canada’s Derek Drouin won gold with 2.38m, Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim silver with 2.36m and Ukraine’s Bohdan Bondarenko took bronze with 2.33m.