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Latest update: 08/06/2009 18:17 +0300

Dora's Gift Of Eight Gold Medals

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 place.

Finally, in 2003 she competed in Malta in the 4x400m relay and Cyprus once again claimed first place.

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.

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