Cyprus hailed its first Olympic medal with Pavlos Kontides
Cyprus is celebrating after winning its first ever Olympic medal. Pavlos Kontides has taken silver in the Laser sailing at the London Games.
The 22-year old Limassol local finished in second place overall on 59 points, behind Australia's Tom Slingsby on 43 points who took the gold, and Sweden's Rasmus Myrgren in third place on 72 points.
Kontides won two consecutive World Youth Sailing Championships in Kingston Britain in 2007 and Aarhus Denmark in 2008. Kontides` first Olympic Games participation was in Beijing in 2008 where he finished 13th in Men’s Laser. In 2011 he finished 5th in Men’s Sailing Championship and first in Youth Sailing Championship in Hayling Island, while he secured his participation in the London Olympic Games in the 2011 World Sailing Championship in Perth, Australia.