Shooting champion Nikolas Mavrommatis won silver in the skeet final in the World Cup in China on April 22, securing Greece a spot in next year’s Olympic Games.
The 30-year-old finished second only to Cyprus’s Antonakis Andreou (who equaled the world record in Beijing) in a contest full of Greek names, as another Cypriot, Giorgos Achilleos, ended up fifth.
“It was a tough contest. It gets tougher every time. I tried hard and managed to survive. I believed in it, but this can mean nothing. You have to compete and try hard and it has to work out for you, because it does not always work out,» said Mavrommatis upon his return to Athens.
The athlete therefore made sure Greece gets an Olympic quota place, which means that either he or another Greek will be able to compete in the London Olympics in 2012.
This was the second World Cup medal in Mavrommatis’s career.