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First Commonwealth Youth Medal for Cyprus:

PUNE, India, 17 October 2008 - Giorgos Kazakos won the silver medal in the Men's Skeet of the III Commonwealth Youth Games here Friday, finishing second amongst eight finalists.

Kazakos had led the standings following the opening day of competition, with a score of 71/75 targets and retained his lead coming into the second to last round. But the 15-year-old had a poor performance in the 5th round, dropping to 5th place and allowing England's 18-year-old Rory Warlow to come from behind for the pole position. Kazakos staged a comeback in the final round for a performance of 23/25, which brought him on the podium, just one target shy of the gold.

Kazakos finished with a total performance of 134/150, trailing Warlow by one target. Scotland's Ben Wilson won the bronze with 133/150.

This was the first ever medal for Cyprus in the Commonwealth Youth Games. Cyprus did not compete in the inaugural Games of 2000, nor in the second edition in 2004.

Previously, Cyprus had another close encounter with a medal, when Michael Kolokotronis finished fourth in the men's Hammer Throw. The 18-year-old was steadily second with 64.53m after five attempts, but was overtaken on the last try by England's Peter Smith and India's Ejaj Ahmed.

Cyprus also claimed two fifth places at the Pune Commonwealth Games, with 18-year-old Anastasia Christoforou in the 50m Breaststroke and 18-year-old Constantina Pratsi in the women's 10m Air Pistol.

The III Commonwealth Youth Games conclude Staurday with the Closing Ceremony. India topped the medals standings, followed by Australia and England.

Cyprus took part in the Pune competition with a delegation of 14 athletes.

The only other Small State of Europe in the Commonwealth Games was Malta.

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Giorgos Kazakos en route to
silver at Pune
Giorgos Kazakos en route to
silver at Pune
Giorgos Kazakos in front of the
flag of Cyprus at Pune
Giorgos Kazakos with his
silver medal at Pune
Giorgos Kazakos at Pune Michael Kolokotronis,
fourth in the Hammer Throw
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