Olympic silver medallist Pavlos Kontides who won the Sailing World Cup laser competition in Hyères on Sunday said that he has fulfilled a childhood dream.
On arriving back in Cyprus on Monday, the 27-year-old Kontides described his win as a “great success, the greatest” after the silver medal he won at the London Olympics in 2012.
Kontides triumphed by the narrowest of margins in the Hyeres.
He trailed Italy`s Francesco Marrai by six points heading into the double point medal race, but produced a strong performance to pip his rival to gold. A second place proved enough to secure the gold medal, with Marrai coming across the finish line in the fifth position.
Both sailors ended the regatta on 63 points, but Kontides prevailed based on the medal race result.
It was the 13th time that Kontides has participated in the World Cup Series in Hyères and it was a “childhood dream to clinch the medal in this cup, let alone the gold medal”.
Speaking to reporters at Larnaca Airport, Kontides said that he would be resting rest for the next seven days before heading off to Croatia for preparations for the European sailing championships in the Netherlands at the end of May. He will then head to Spain for the final world championships.
Australia`s Matthew Wearn rounded off the top three, ending 15 points adrift of Kontides and Marrai.