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

Cyprus Takes Track & Field By Storm

NICOSIA, 4 June 2009 - The Cypriot athletes stormed in the second day of the Track and Field events of the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe. Antroulla Shialou took an easy win (she practically walked the last few meters) in the women’s 400m. hurdles with a time of 59.99. The one thousand fans that gave there presence at the GSP cheered on the 36 year old athlete. Shialou, who lit the flame in the opening ceremony as an honor for competing at the 1989 GSSE, returned to the tracks two years after retiring.

Minas Alozidis easily won the same event for men, in his first appearance with the Cyprus team.

At the long jump, Icelander Kristinn Torfasson won gold medal, after jumping 7.60m. Torfasson beat Cypriot Mathaios Volou who improved his personal best by 2 cm, jumping 7.51m., to claim silver. The Icelander jumped in first place at his fifth try, with Volou answering with two big, but false, efforts.

Another gold medal for Cyprus by Apostolos Parellis, who disappeared the discus at 60.50m. Parellis scored a Games record and Pancyprian record. Savvas Aresti took second place with 55.34m. (PB) while Icelander Bergur Ingi Petursson (who took gold at the Hammer throw event) finished fourth.

Finally, 17year old Stella Christoforou won her second gold in the games, after her win in 800m. The young Cypriot easily won the 1500m. event to give her nation the ninth gold in Track and Field.

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