Jul 17, 2008, 12:34 PM
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From the 2008 ISAF Youth Worlds report:
Re: [The Publisher] When did Cyprus become a player?
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Pavlos KONTIDES (CYP) became the first ever two-time winner of the ISAF St Lawrence Trophy, presented to the winner of the Boy’s One Person Dinghy event – an incredible achievement considering the sailors to have come closest to it in the past (by winning one gold and one silver medal) are Russell COUTTS (NZL), Ben AINSLIE (GBR), Dean BARKER (NZL) and Dan SLATER (NZL)! KONTIDES did not have his best day today, but has dominated the Laser fleet throughout the series to win with two races to spare.
KONTIDES explained, “It hasn’t sunk in yet that I have won. I can’t believe that two people from my country is in the top ten that is great. I had a bad last race today but it didn’t matter in the end. I was fifth from last at the top mark because of a massive wind shift but managed to get back to 16th or 17th so I was happy. This is my fifth and last Youth Worlds and I can’t believe I am the only person to win two gold medals.”
After five years at the Youth Worlds, next stop for Kontides will be Qingdao, China, where he will represent Cyprus at the Beijing Olympic Games. After 30 years at the Youth Worlds, as GBR then ISAF World Youth Trust Sailing Coach, Jim SALTONSTALL is better placed than anyone to assess the potential of this future star: “He’s really like another Ben AINSLIE; as Ben was for GBR, Pavlos is for Cyprus. It won’t surprise me at all if he doesn’t win a medal in China because he’s quite capable of doing that.”