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

Cyprus Secures 800th Medal

NICOSIA, 2 June 2009 - Cyprus’ Marilena Constantinou missed out on the gold medal on Tuesday by 0.2 of a second in the air rifle event of the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe. First place went to Carole Calmes of Luxembourg whilst the bronze medal was sealed by Liechtenstein’s Julia Kaiser.  Local champion Fani Theofanous, in her tenth GSSE appearance, ended up fourth.

Constantinou’s winning medal was the 800th for Cyprus in the history of the Games. In the 12 previous competitions, the island had finished with 304 golds, 253 silvers and 242 bronzes out of a winning total of 799 medals. The silver medal that was won in the first day final of the Games will go down in history.

After a good performance, Constantinou was the frontrunner going into the final with a score of 393/400, three points ahead of second place Calmes who scored had 389/400. But the nerves began to show for the Cypriot representative in the final event in contrast to the confident Luxembourg shooting athlete who was edging closer towards her.

Even until the last shot, Constantinou was battling tooth-and-nail in first place but was eventually undone in the tenth shot. Calmes’ low-firing score of 9.3 was just about enough to knock off Constantinou’s disappointing return of 8.6 and the Cypriot surrendered first place and the gold to her Luxembourg opponent.

Calmes, who scored 100.2 in the final round for a total of 489.8, was enough to see off the challenge of Constantinou who scored a total of 498.6 after a disappointing score of 96.6 in the final round. Kaiser came in third with her score of 100.3 in the final round and 487.3 overall to take the bronze medal whilst Cyprus’ other representative, Theofanous, came in fourth with her final score of 478.8 after striking a score of 97.8 in the final round.

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