Commonwealth Games: Cyprus secures two more bronze medals in discus throw and wrestling

Cypriot discus throw champion Apostolos Parellis won bronze in the Commonwealth Games, at Gold Coast, launching his discus at 63.61m in the finals. Parellis is the first Cypriot track and field athlete to win a medal in Gold Coast.

Moreover, 24-year-old Alexandros Kaouslidis came third in wrestling mens freestyle 97kg and became the first Cypriot athlete to win a Commonwealth Games medal in wrestling since 1994.

According to Mikaelo Papadakis from the Union of Cyprus Sports Writers, Parellis came third to Jamaicans Dacres (68.20m) and Smikle (63.98m).

The 32-year-old track and field athlete from Cyprus won silver in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow with 63.32m, clinched the 6th spot in the 2015 Athletics World Championships in Beijing and came 8th in the 2016 Rio Olympics.

In his statements, Parellis said that he tried for a better result after a good start, that secured him a medal but this was not the case.

In wrestling, Kaouslidis lost Friday to India’s Mausam Khatri in the quarter-finals and competed for one of two bronze medals. He secured his win after beating Soso Tamarau from Nigeria.

The Cypriot wrestler was accompanied by coach Vardan Aparian, who also attended the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. This is a great success, both for me and for Cyprus wrestling Kaouslidis said after his victory.

Source: Cyprus News Agency