Cyprus may not have secured a medal in the Rio Olympic Games, but six out of the 15 athletes comprising the Cypriot mission reached the finals of their disciplines, Chief of Mission Olga Piperides has said.
Speaking to a correspondent of the Cyprus Union of Sport Writers, Herodotos Miltiadous, Piperides described Cyprus’ participation in the Rio Olympic Games as very successful.
“We may not have secured a medal in these Games but we had six athletes in the finals. Four of them have been declared Olympians with three seventh placings and one eighth. Such success for Cyprus is unprecedented and shows that our athletes could claim distinction in various disciplines just as long they have the right high level infrastructure and preparation,” she said.
Cyprus with sailor Pavlos Kontides won a silver medal in the laser class in the London Olympics four years ago, winning Cyprus’ first medal in Olympic Games.
Cyprus` shooting athletes did not secure good results despite the fact that shooting, particularly in skeet, has been one of the island’s strong disciplines with three top spots in world rankings. In shooting the two Cypriot athletes, Antri Eleftheriou, who was poised for a medal, and Antreas Hasikos, failed to reach the finals in their disciplines.
“I believe the shooting team should find ways to bring success. Perhaps with stress management. They secure success in great annual events. The team should manage its potential and secure success in the Olympics as well,” she added.