NICOSIA, 21 May 2009 -
Track and Field was and still is Cyprus' greatest
strength and its best chance of securing first place in
the medals ranking of the XIII Games of the Small States
of Europe. In all the past Games, from 1985 to 2007,
Cyprus secured most of its medals in Athletics.
Cyprus claimed first place in 1998,
2003, 2005 and 2007 and this is largely due to the
contribution of Dora Kyriacou, who participated in each
of these Games and claimed a total of eight gold medals.
Kyriacou first took part in the San
Marino Games of 1985 and won a gold in the 400m and a
silver in the 200m dash, also clinching a further gold
as a member of the 4x100m relay team.
She next competed in 1993 where she
claimed four gold medals, in the 200m and 400m races,
plus the 4x100 and 4x100m relays.
In San Marino in 2001 she only took
part in the 4x400m relay, where Cyprus secured first
Finally, in 2003 she competed in
Malta in the 4x400m relay and Cyprus once again claimed
Dora Kyriacou who has served as a
Fair Play Ambassador, firmly believes that Cyprus will
excel in the XIII GSSE.
"I want to believe that Cyprus will
gain first place, both on the medals front but also on
points. As Athletics are definitely our piece de
resistance I'm hopeful that Cyprus will, for the fifth
time running, come first," she said. "Even though we
still don't know which participants will be entered by
other countries in this year's GSSE, I still believe
that our athletes can win and I expect that some of them
will even set new Personal Bests."
The athletes of Cyprus all appeared
to be in excellent condition during this year's 48th
annual Spring Nationals "Ta Matseia".
"I would like to make an appeal to all
sports fans and urge them to attend the Games and offer
our athletes support in their efforts to make our
country proud," concluded Kyriacou.