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

Antonis Andreou, Multiple GSSE Medallist

NICOSIA, 22 May 2009 - Skeet Shooting champion Antonis Andreou can boast of having participated in the Games of the Small States of Europe five times and of having claimed five gold medals, a significant achievement not just for a Skeet shooter but for any athlete.

Astonishingly he secured his first medal in Malta in 1993 when he was still a teenager competing against adults.

Fani Theofanous should not be overlooked either however, as she secured 4 medals (3 gold and one silver) in the Air Rifle. She claimed her first gold medal in the Mixed competition in Luxemburg in 1995, as 14 years ago there were not enough female contestants to create a women's category.

Both Andeou and Theofanous are considered formidable candidates in this year's Games.

Since 1989, when the GSSE were last held in Nicosia, Cyprus secured 33 medals in the Skeet events, 12 of which were gold, 13 silver and 8 bronze. Cyprus' first gold medal was secured in 1989 by then champion Giorgos Sakellis in the Skeet. That same year Petros Kyritsis (currently the Director of the sport for CYPRUS 2009) claimed silver.

Since then Cyprus has secured gold and silver medals in every GSSE that featured Skeet shooting, with the exception of 2003 when Cyprus claimed both gold and bronze.

Cyprus' first Trap shooting medal was a bronze claimed by Christakis Kafieros, who is now widely considered a veteran of the sport.

Eirini Pantela holds one gold and three silver medals in the Air Pistol while Andreas Mastrou claimed two silver medals in the Double Trap.

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