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Cyprus Mail €1 Friday, August 10, 2012 CYPRUS WORLD FILM Sarris resigns after China murder trial ends in seven hours The Raven, starring John Cusack, opens today pressure from central bank 7 3 centre A hero’s welcome for Olympic champ Fans flood airport as Kontides returns home with silver medal from Games By Elias Hazou C YPRUS’ first-ever Olympic medal winner Pavlos Kontides was treated to a hero’s welcome at Larnaca airport yesterday, as his hometown of Limassol prepared to party well into the night. Kontides’ flight arrived with about a half-hour’s delay, which only served to work the waiting crowd into a frenzy. The airport terminal was flooded with fans, honking horns and holding up banners reading: “Thank you Pavlos.” Fire engines sprayed a water arc on the runway close to the bay where Kontides’ plane docked. A similar honour was bestowed on the Anorthosis football club in 2005 after they eliminated Turkey’s Trabzonspor in the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds, and to tennis star Marcos Baghdatis for progressing to the Australian Open final in 2006. The crowd broke out in chants once a slightly weary but beaming Kontides finally walked out into the passenger terminal. “I feel very proud and emotional right now,” Kontides said in his first comments to television news crews broad- casting the welcoming live. “I cannot put these feelings into words. I’d like to dedicate this medal to my family, my girlfriend, my coaches – the folks who believed in me all along and supported me,” he said, promising yet more success in the future. Kontides was greeted at the airport by Education Minister George Demosthenous and Larnaca mayor Andreas Louroutziatis, who handed him a commemorative plaque. Donning an Olympic wreath on his head and proudly holding his silver medal in his hand, Kontides then waded through the crowd and boarded a bus headed for Limassol. Kontides and his entourage were expected at the Limassol Nautical Club for an initial welcoming and party. “From what I hear, there are going to be souvles (barbecue) until the morning hours,” his coach said. A public welcome has been arranged for 6.30pm today at the Enaerios area in Limassol, where Kontides will be receiving various accolades from local sporting bodies. Kontides’ Limassol Nautical Club is also expected to put on a sailing demonstration TURN TO PAGE 2 Pavlos Kontides, who won the silver medal for Cyprus in the men’s laser at the London Olympics, is mobbed by well wishers at Larnaca airport after arriving home last night (Christos Theodorides) Cow goes to new heights to flee amorous bull’s advances A COW which was not in the mood ambled to the top storey of a Siberian apartment building to escape a bull which was, and had to be led back down by firefighters, authorities said. The cow was discovered bellowing on the top of a stairwell in the five-storey building in the village of Lesogorsk last month, with the probable cause of the cow’s distress an amorous bull at the bottom. “The bull was very loving and had paid excessive attention to the cow during the summer grazing,” the Irkutsk regional branch of Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry said in a statement. “Trying to escape from him, the cow ran into the building and climbed up to the fifth storey,” it said. It took firefighters about three minutes to get the cow downstairs by roping its horns and pulling, according to the statement. “When we arrived there were dozens of people outside the building. There were members of the local administration, police and many bystanders,” it quoted fire station shift chief Yevgeny Smirnov as saying. “In principle, they could have done without us.”

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