IOANNOU Kyriakos < Back  
Sport Athletics
CGA Cyprus   
Gender Men
Born 26 Jul 1984 in Limassol, CYP
Height1.96 m
Weight 74 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Athens, GRE
Occupation Athlete
Languages English, Greek
Higher education Physical Education - University of Athens: Greece
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He first tried athletics at age 11.
Why this sport? He initially played football as a goalkeeper, but was selected to compete in athletics by his school for a local competition. He was to compete in the 110m hurdles, but his high jump teammate was ill so he stepped in to take part instead.
Name of coach Dimitris Efthymiou [personal]
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement Qualifying to compete at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (sigmalive.com, 25 Jan 2016)
Injuries He did not compete in 2013 after undergoing a hernia operation and then suffering ankle and knee injuries. (ioannouhj.com, 01 Nov 2013)

He suffered an Achilles injury while competing in the preliminary rounds of the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, VIC, Australia, but with the aid of injections managed to claim the bronze medal. He aggravated the injury during his next competition, requiring surgery that kept him out of competitive action for nine months. (european-athletics.org, 29 Sep 2007)
Ambitions To compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (kathimerini.com.cy, 18 Jun 2015)
Other information NATIONAL FIRST
In 2007 he became the first athlete representing Cyprus to win a medal at the world championships when he claimed bronze in the high jump in Osaka, Japan. (IAAF, 30 Aug 2007)