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06/08/2012 12:07 BST | Updated 06/08/2012 13:36 BST

London 2012: Kate Watches Laser Sailing As Cyprus Wins First Ever Olympic Medal (PICTURES)

Cyprus has won its first ever Olympic medal after Pavlos Kontides took silver in the single-handed Laser sailing class on Monday.

The 22-year-old Cypriot's historical win was witnessed by the Duchess of Cambridge, who watched the race off Weymouth, accompanied by the Princess Royal.

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Kate watches on as Pavlos Kontides took silver

He said: "I will only understand how great this is when I return home. I'm very proud."

The medal is the country's first since it started taking part in the Olympics at the Moscow Games in 1980.

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Pavlos Kontides celebrates winning silver with the Cyprus national flag

Cypriots took to Twitter to congratulate Kontides, tweeting:

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