Cypriot champion breaks closed rowing world record

Cypriot world rowing champion Anna Ioannou, 25, broke the women’s lightweight 1,000-metre closed rowing world record on Sunday in Limassol, in the 19-29 age group.

Ioannou clocked in at 3.30.6. The record was held until Sunday by 27-year-old Sanita K. Hansen at 3.31.5.

In statements to CNA, Ioannou thanked her trainer, Yiorgos Yioupis, for being a source of inspiration and strength, noting that they achieve every goal they set together. Ioannou travelled to Athens to train with the Greek coach and closed rowing champion. Yioupis told CNA he was proud of Ioannou and wished her more successes.

Ioannou, a trainer herself and athlete of the Limassol Nautical Club, was born in September 1992 in Limassol. She is a graduate of the Department of Physical Education and Sport Science of the Aristoteleio University. She started rowing at the age of 12 along with her brother, champion and trainer Aristotelis Ioannou. In November 2004 she joined the Kyrenia Nautical Club, in 2006 the Thessaloniki Nautical Club, in 2014 the Ioannina Nautical Club, and in 2016 the Limassol Nautical Club.

The Cypriot athlete holds the women’s 2,000-metre record. She clinched third place in the World Games in Trakai, Lithuania, in 2012 in the young women’s lightweight single sketch under 23, and second place in the World Coastal Rowing Championship in Thessaloniki, Greece, in 2014.

Source: Cyprus News Agency