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04 Aug 2012
London 2012 , IOC News , Sailing

Kontides revels in medal achievement - London 2012 - Sailing

Pavlos Kontides described August 4th as the best of his life after securing Cyprus' first-ever Olympic Games medal.

The 22-year-old has sailed exceptionally during the Games so far and saw a podium finish become a certainty on Day 8. Kontides is guaranteed silver if he finishes the medal race and could even yet get gold if Australia's Tom Slingsby has a bad day on Monday.

'This is the greatest day of my life,' he said. 'I still don't believe what's happened. When I saw all the media and my compatriots celebrating then I understood my huge achievement. 'We still have Monday's medal race and mathematically gold is still possible. I just have to relax and clear my head and try to sail my best on Monday and try the possibility for gold. It's going to be hard, it's a lot of points, but it's still possible.'

Kontides is expecting rival Slingsby to be fiercely competitive in the medal race. "I am pretty sure that Tom will probably match race and really keep close to me because he needs to be in the top seven and keep me out of the top three for gold,' he said. 'I have to think of a tactic or something how I would be able to escape from him and then try to put places in between us.'

The Laser Radial, meanwhile, is set for an epic showdown with only one point separating first and fourth. Xu Lijia, Marit Bouwmeester, Evi Van Acker and Annalise Murphy are all in with a serious shot. Olympic debutant Murphy has promised to attack from the off. 'It was pretty hard out there,' said Ireland's Murphy, who finished third and seventh today. 'Everybody has been having good races and average races so between us top four it is pretty tight. I am just going to approach the medal race like any other race and attack it. Hopefully I can take advantage of that. I don't think we'll be able to match race each other as we're so tight on points. It is going to be a good race.'

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