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Cypriot athlete secures bronze medal at World Athletics Championships
2007-08-30 09:27:50

Nicosia, Aug 29 – Cypriot athlete Kyriakos Ioannou, clinched the bronze medal on Wednesday in the Men’s high jump at the World Athletics Championships held in Osaka, Japan.

Ioannou also made two new pancyprian records, 2.33 and 2.35 meters. His personal record prior to the Championship was 2.32.

Bahamian Donald Thomas won the gold medal by clearing 2.35 meters at his first attempt and  Russian Yaroslav Rybakov grabbed his third world championship silver after taking two attempts to clear 2.35m, while Kyriakos Ioannou matched that feat but his two failures at earlier heights meant
Cyprus's first medal of the championships was a bronze.

President of the Republic Tassos Papadopoulos congratulated the Cypriot athlete in a written statement which said: said “Ioannou’s victory is the greatest international achievement by a Cypriot athlete in the history of classic sports”.

“In these hard times we are going through due to the tragic events in Greece, Kyriacos Ioannou’s victory is a significant moral boost for all of us”, the President added. He also wished the Cypriot athlete “more success in the future”, noting that ranking third, with the same performance as the athlete who ranked first, has moved us and made us feel proud”.

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