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When did Cyprus become a player?
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The Publisher

Jul 16, 2008, 4:45 PM

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Since we are largely a North American publication, we occasionally miss some of the world news, such as like when the country of Cyprus became a major player in sailing.

While the Youth Worlds isn't over yet, sailors from Cyprus are currently positioned to win two of the seven events, and they are only entered in three events. Can someone please enlighten us?

All we know about Cyprus is from Wikipedia, which says that it is a Eurasian island country situated in the eastern Mediterranean south of Turkey, west of the Levant, north of Egypt, and east-southeast of Greece. Also that it is the third-largest Mediterranean island and one of the most popular tourist destinations, attracting over 2.4 million tourists per year.

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Jul 17, 2008, 12:34 PM

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From the 2008 ISAF Youth Worlds report:

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.”

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