Kyriakos is a talented athlete from the small island of Cyprus and has dazzled the world sports track and field fans by changing the status of high jump worldwide.
His achievements are such, that the whole world did not believe that an athlete born on a small island like Cyprus could not only reach and compete with top athletes at high jump, but also since 2004, he has remained amongst the highest rankings and become one of the top 10 athletes in the world.
Kyriakos Ioannou was born in Limassol, Cyprus, on 26th July 1984. His first involvement in sports was at the age of 11, when he was selected to represent his school in several field and track events at local competition level.
His first introduction to the high jump was when his physical education teacher foresaw his talent and persuaded him to start training as a high jumper.
His talent came to light internationally during the Olympic games, 2004 and has continued with:
•2005 Gold medal Mediterranean Games in Almeria, Spain
•2006 Bronze medal Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia
•2007 Bronze medal World Championship in Osaka, Japan
•2008 Bronze medal World Indoor Championship in Valencia, Spain
•2009 Silver medal European Indoor Championship in Torino, Italy
•2009 Gold medal Mediterranean Games in Pescara, Italy
•2009 Silver metal World Championship Berlin, Germany
•2010 4th World Indoor Championship Doha, Qatar
•2011 First and second place in Diamond league competitions Oslo, Norway, Doha ,Qatar
•2012 finalist in the Olympic Games London, England
Unfortunately, a hernia operation followed by ankle and knee injuries prevented him from competing during 2013 and he sincerely looks forward to returning to full strength in 2014.
My team consists of my coach, Demetris Efthimiou who has coached me since September 2004, Lambros Papakostas, a former High Jumper who is my manager and my chiropractor Savvas Panavoglou.
I appreciate having a great team of people who have supported me faithfully throughout all these years and I would like to thank them for all their time and efforts.