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World champion Kontides gets hero’s welcome (PICTURES)

Cypriot sailor Pavlos Kontides received a hero’s welcome when he arrived back on the island on Thursday, after clinching the 2017 Laser World Championship in Croatia.

Kontides, 27, won by 15 clear points in a star-studded fleet through mixed sailing conditions. In 2012, he became the first Olympic sailing medalist from Cyprus and now he has become the first Olympic class World Champion from Cyprus. Olympic Gold in 2020 is well within his sights.

With no races completed, the leaderboard remains unchanged and Australians Tom Burton and Matt Wearn take home silver and bronze, only one point apart.

“I am feeling very emotional and happy to be the world champion. I am immensely proud of what I have achieved.”

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