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UPDATED: 08:24, March 28, 2006
Cyprus achieves best ever performance in Commonwealth Games
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Cyprus' team achieved its best ever performance in the history of the Commonwealth Games, securing six medals in the 18th Commonwealth Games which finished Sunday in Melbourne, Australia.

According to local media report on Monday, Cyprus ranked 14th, out of 71 teams, in the medal table with three gold, one silver and two bronze medals, whereas in the 2002 17th Commonwealth Games in Manchester, it secured five medals (one gold, one silver and 3 bronze).

"This is the fist time we got three gold medals. The Melbourne Games marked our best ever performance," Cyprus Olympic Committee (COC) General Secretary Andreas Stavrou was quoted by the semi-official Cyprus News Agency (CNA) as saying

Furthermore, a COC press release notes that "securing 14th place in the medals table out of 71 countries is our most successful presence in the history of the Games, both qualitative and quantitative".

Kyriacos Ioannou secured a bronze medal in High Jump and Irodotos Giorgallas, a gold medalist in Manchester, secured a bronze medal in Men's Rings. Cyprus' strong point however was shooting and more specifically skeet. It secured three gold medals with George Achilleos in Men's Skeet, Achilleas and Antonis Nicolaides in Men's Skeet Pairs, Antri Eleftheriou in Women's Skeet, as well a silver medal with Eleftheriou and Louiza Theofanous in Women's Skeet pairs.

"Cyprus with three gold and one silver finished first in the Skeet discipline above all countries," Stavrou said, adding that "shooting has always been Cyprus' trump card."

Source: Xinhua

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