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Kontides makes Cyprus Olympic history
CYPRUS sailor Pavlos Kontides yesterday made history for Cyprus as he secured the island’s first ever medal at an Olympic Games.
The 22-year-old from Limassol is guaranteed silver and could even win the gold if leader Tom Slingsby of Australia finishes eighth or worse in tomorrow’s medal race combined with a win for Kontides.
After 10 races in the Men’s Laser category, the Cypriot is in second place with a 21-point cushion over Rasmus Myrgren of Sweden and a 22-point lead over Croatia’s Toni Stipanovic.
This means that he cannot be beaten to the silver medal.
After a disappointing performance on Friday when five-time world champion Slingsby leapfrogged him into gold medal-winning position, Kontides yesterday bounced back with a solid ninth race where he finished in seventh place. He then improved to fourth position in the tenth and final race, leaving the Cypriot on 39 points, trailing Slingsby by 14.
Only the top ten sailors advance to the medal race where the points are doubled. The winner receives two points while tenth place gets 20 points. The points total after the medal race determines the final standings and the sailor with the lowest number of points is the overall champion.