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

GSSE Country Profile: Cyprus

NICOSIA, 31 May 2009 The first Cypriot athlete to win a medal at the upcoming XIII Games of the Small States of Europe will go down in the history books as having secured the 800th of his country in the Games--though the landmark 1000th medal winner will have to wait until the 2013 competition.

The Cyprus team has set a triple target for this year's Games: To finish first for the fourth time in succession ahead of archrivals Iceland; to become the first nation to win 40 gold medals at one event (since 2007, Cyprus holds the record for 39 top finishes); and to become the first nation to win a total of 100 medals in a single edition of the Games--thus toppling the record currently held by Iceland with its 97-medal haul in 1997.

Cyprus' targets are high, but taking into account that the island is the host nation, they have every right to want to shoot high. Recent history is on their side. With the Track and Field events leading the charge, but with yet more strong contenders in Swimming, Cyprus is more than ready to meet its triple challenge.

Along with Iceland, Cyprus is considered to be a powerhouse at the GSSE despite the fact that it is outweighed in gold medal wins by Iceland and first place finishes (eight times compared to Cyprus' four).

But Cyprus does hold the accolade of having won the most silver and bronze medals than any other nation and currently leads Iceland in overall medals (799-796). Therefore, Cyprus faces another stiff challenge in aiming to keep first place in the total amount of medals won at the games.

CYPRUS AT THE GSSE
. Rank Gold Silver Bronze Total
I 1985 2nd 15 8 9 32
II 1987 3rd 13 17 16 46
III 1989 1st 26 25 28 79
IV 1991 3rd 22 16 23 61
V 1993 2nd 26 23 22 71
VI 1995 2nd 22 25 22 69
VII 1997 2nd 30 24 15 69
VIII 1999 3rd 14 13 15 42
IX 2001 2nd 27 21 17 65
X 2003 1st 34 20 27 81
XI 2005 1st 39 28 24 91
XII 2007 1st 36 33 24 93
Total 2nd 304 253 242 799

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