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Cypriots shine bright as they prepare for Paris 2024

From fencing to gymnastics and archery, Cyprus shines bright on European stage


In a remarkable display of athletic prowess, Cypriot athletes are making waves across Europe, leaving their mark in various sporting disciplines and raising hopes for a triumphant showing at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Alexandros Tofalides emerged as a trailblazer for Cypriot fencing, etching his name in history books by securing the only available qualification spot in the Men's Foil event at the European Olympic Qualification Tournament in Luxembourg. Tofalides' victory came after a grueling competition against more than 70 athletes from across the continent, culminating in a thrilling final clash with Belgian fencer Stef De Greef.

The Cyprus Olympic Committee (COC) lauded Tofalides' achievement, extending warm congratulations to the fencer, his coach Benjamin Peggs, and the Cyprus Fencing Federation for clinching a coveted spot at the upcoming Paris Olympics. Tofalides joins a formidable lineup of Cypriot athletes, including Pavlos Kontides, Denis Tarantin, Marilena Makri, Andri Christoforou, and the illustrious Marios Georgiou.

Georgiou, affectionately dubbed the "Medal Collector," continues to dazzle on the international stage, as evidenced by his stellar performance at the European Gymnastics Championships in Rimini, Italy. The European Champion showcased his mettle by clinching four medals, including silver in the Parallel Bars and bronze in the Horizontal Bar, adding to his already illustrious collection.

Meanwhile, Cypriot archery asserted its dominance at the "Danube Arrows" International Tournament in Bulgaria, with Dimitris Kargados and Areti Agrotou seizing gold in the mixed compound event. Christos El Helali and Christina Hadjierotocritou further bolstered Cyprus' medal haul by claiming silver in mixed Olympic archery, while Dimitris Kargados, Fotis Fotiou, and Phivos Zannetos secured silver in team compound archery.

As anticipation mounts for the Paris 2024 Olympics, Cypriot athletes are gearing up for the next phase of their journey. With their sights set on securing Olympic quotas, the Cypriot archery delegation prepares to depart for Germany, where they will continue their quest for excellence.

The remarkable achievements of Cypriot athletes across fencing, gymnastics, and archery underscore the nation's burgeoning prowess in the world of sports, setting the stage for a thrilling showcase of talent and determination at the upcoming Olympic Games.

[With information from CNA]


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