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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 08-08-18

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    Cypriot athletes, having given their best shot in the Beijing Olympic Games, competing against world champions with better personal records than their own, are currently fighting for ranking positions.

    Pavlos Kontides, competing in sailing in the Laser category, ranked 13th in the final classification and did not qualify for the finals.

    According to the correspondent of the Cyprus Union of Sports Writers in Beijing Petros Hadjichristodoulou, Kontides came 30th in the eighth race and 35th in the ninth, his worst performance in the Beijing Olympics.

    Andreas Cariolou, competing in sailing in the RS:X category, lost his hopes for reaching the 10th place and qualifying for the finals. Although there is still one more race, he is 17 points behind the athlete currently ranking 10th.

    Hadjichristodoulou reported that Cariolou finished 20th in the eighth race and 14th in the ninth, which did not help him move up from 16th place.

    Gavriela Chatzidamianou, in the sailing RS:X category, is currently ranking 21st in the final classification but still has 24 points to cover before reaching the athletes currently ranking 19th and 20th.

    Kyriacos Ioannou, competing in athletics in the high jump discipline, did not qualify for the finals, since he did not pass the 2.29 metres, although his personal record is 2.35 metres.

    Paraskevi Theodorou, competing in athletics in the hammer throw discipline, was seven metres behind her personal record of 68.05, and ranks 44th among the 50 athletes participating.

    Eleni Artymata, in the athletics 200m discipline, will be competing against athletes with better performances than her own personal record of 23.18.

    Alexandra Tsisiou, in athletics javelin throw discipline, will be competing in the qualifying round with a personal record of 57.20, with the qualifying limit being 61.50.


    A total of eighty women from Cyprus have shown interest to participate in Commonwealth Womens Antarctic Expedition, which will be held in December 2009.

    In particular, eight women from an equal number of Commonwealth member states, including Cyprus, will be traveling to the South Pole where they have to cooperate with each other in order to survive under aggravating circumstances and temperatures falling to -30C.

    Apart from Cyprus, the Expedition will be joined by women from Ghana, India, Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand, Jamaica and the United Kingdom.

    The Expedition aims to highlight the need for greater intercultural understanding and cooperation between citizens of Commonwealth member-countries as well as the common core values between people.

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