Apostolos Parellis

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Apostolos Parellis
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Cypriot discus thrower Apostolos Parellis
Personal information
Born (1985-07-24) July 24, 1985 (age 34)
Paliometocho, Cyprus
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight105 kg (231 lb) (2014)
Sport
Country Cyprus
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Discus throw
ClubGSP
Coached byGiorgos Georgiadis
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)65.69m. NR
Updated on 24 June 2015.

Apostolos Parellis (Greek: Απόστολος Παρέλλης,born July 24, 1985) is a Cypriot track and field athlete specializing in discus throw. He is the current Cypriot national record holder with 65.69 m (215 ft 6 in) since May 2016.[1]

Parellis competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics[2] in London narrowly missing a spot in the final after finishing 13th overall with an attempt of 63.48m., just seven centimetres shy of the 12th position[3] that gave the ticket to the final. In the 2015 Athletics World Championships in Beijing, Apostolos clinched 6th spot in the world with a 64.55m. throw.[4]

Since breaking the National Record in 2007 for the first time (57.81m.)[5] at the age of 22, Parellis has been the islands top discus thrower, improving his personal best another eleven times. The 65.69m. mark was set in May 2016 at Heraklion, Crete, Greece.

Early life[edit]

Apostolos Parellis grew up at the village of Paliometocho at the west of the capital Nicosia. He attended the Anthoupoli Junior High and then the Technical School from which he graduated with a mark of 17,6/20. Parellis then went on to study Mechanical Engineering at the Frederick University and acquired the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering in 2012 with a GPA of 3.87/4.
Coming from a sporting family, as a youngster Apostolos watched his father Lakis[6] win many national titles at Rally driving and especially in the 2WD category. Racing is a family tradition that Demetris Parellis,[7] Apostolos’ brother, continues today. Apostolos and Demetris also have a younger sister.

Career year by year[edit]

Apostolos Parellis’ first major sporting success came in 2002 at the age of 17, when he took 4th position in the discus event at the 2002 Gymnasiade[8] at Caen, France.

2007[edit]

On March 28, Parellis set his first National Record by achieving a throw of 57.81m. at the Diagoreia meeting at GSP stadium. He broke Petros Mitsides’ record of 56.39m. that stood since 2004. The new NR came while competing against the previous holder Mitsides who during that meeting also broke his personal best.

On July 14 the Cypriot discus athlete won bronze at the European Athletics U23 Championships that was held in Debrecen, Hungary, setting his second NR with a throw of 58.16m.[9]

2008[edit]

Despite not setting a new NR during the season, 2008 was a successful year for Parellis. By winning gold in the European Team Championships Second League, he helped Cyprus achieve promotion, while he also won first position in the Pancyprian Games.

2009[edit]

Four new National Records were set during 2009 by Parellis:

  • In May at the Matseia meeting he threw 59.05m.[10]
  • In June, Apostolos won his first medal at the Games of the Small States of Europe that were hosted in his native Cyprus. By throwing 60.55m.,[11] he won gold and set a new Games Record along with his fourth NR.
  • At the end of June during the European Team Championships he set a new record 60.94m.[12] on the road to winning silver.
  • The fourth and final National Record of the year came at the Summer Universiade at Belgrade, Serbia, when Parellis overcame the 61 metre mark (61.07m.)[13] for the first time.

During the season, Parellis also competed at the 2009 Mediterranean Games in Pescara, Italy and took 7th position with 60.12m.

2010[edit]

Apostolos reached the 62 metres mark during the season.

In April during the Cyprus University Championships, Parellis again broke the National Record with a throw at 61.82m.,[14] while two months later he set a new record during a meeting with 61.92m.[15] Parellis’ good run continued at the European Athletics Championships[16] in Barcelona, Spain where he took 17th position overall (60.57m.) on July 31. The season ended in October at the Commonwealth Games at Delhi, India, where Apostolos narrowly missed the podium,[17] by finishing 4th. With a throw of 60.51m., the Cypriot finished just 13 centimetres away from the bronze.

2011[edit]

The year opened at the Games of the Small States of Europe at Liechtenstein in June, with Parellis having the honour of being Cyprus’ flag bearer[18] during the opening ceremony. He went on to win gold with 59.73m.[19] In September, Parellis competed at the Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China, and with a throw of 61.44 he took 6th position overall.

2012[edit]

Two years after his last NR, Parellis once again improved his personal best in March, when he passed the 62 metres mark for the first time (62.49m.)[20] at a throwing meeting at GSP stadium.

On June 2 Parellis broke the national record with a throw of 63.63m. at Heraklion,[21] Crete, Greece while the following day at Chania, Crete, Apostolos again broke the NR, this time by thrashing the national record with a throw of 65.36m.[22][23] In August, Parellis competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.[24] With a throw at 63.48m. the Cypriot finished in 13th position overall, just one spot and seven centimetres away from the final. By finishing 13th in the discus event, Parellis currently has[25] the highest placing (tied with high jump athlete Kyriakos Ioannou) by an athlete representing Cyprus in the Olympic Games track and field events.

2013[edit]

Following a difficult Olympic season, Parellis was unable to reach the same high standards during 2013. But despite not coming close to his personal best, Apostolos qualified[26] for the 2013 Athletics World Championships in Moscow, Russia, in August and took 19th position[27] with 59.84m. Earlier, in June Parellis won silver[28] at the Games of the Small States of Europe in Luxembourg with a throw at 59.11m. and seventh position (59.40m.) at the 2013 Mediterranean Games in Mersin,[29] Turkey.

2014[edit]

The season started strong for Parellis, who returned to his big throws. In March at the European Winter Throwing Cup in Leiria, Portugal, he took 6th position with 61.44m.[30]

In May at the Matseia meeting at GSP stadium, Apostolos achieved his second best throw of his career[31] by recording a mark of 63.89m. A few days later, on June 7, during the Pancyprian Games, Parellis won gold with a throw of 63.71m., the third best[32] of his career. A third position[33] (62.20m.) at the Memorial Josef Odlozila meeting in Prague, Czech Republic and a silver medal (61.80m.) at the 2014 European Cup Third League[34] at Tbilisi, Georgia featured more good throws in the buildup for the Commonwealth Games in Scotland and the European Championships in Switzerland. In Glasgow, Scotland, on August 31, Apostolos won the silver medal[35] at the Commonwealth Games with a throw of 63.32m, while a few days later with a best throw of 60.32m. the Cypriot athlete took 16th overall position[36] in the 2014 European Championships in Zurich.

2015[edit]

After a 40-day training camp in South Africa and a two-week preparation period in the town of Monte Gordo, Portugal, Apostolos kicked off the season in the 2015 European Winter Throwing Cup in Leiria, Portugal. Speaking to the Press before the event,[37] Parellis set his target at 60 meters, since it was his first competitive event of the year, but eventually managed to throw 65.04m.,[38] which gave him the 4th place in the competition and most importantly, a spot in the 2015 World Championships in Beijing. The 65.04m. is Parellis' second best throw in his career.

Following his strong start to the season, Apostolos was invited for the first time in his career to compete at a IAAF Diamond League meet. On the 17th of May, the Cypriot thrower took part in the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix in China, where he took 7th spot with a best attempt of 61.77m.

A few days later, on the 23rd of May, Parellis competed at the Dakar IAAF Grand Prix in Senegal, of the IAAF World Challenge series. He threw a best shot of 61.28m. to take 4th position.

The next appearance by Parellis, in the buildup for the 2015 World Championships, came at the 2015 European Team Championships, second league, held at Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, on the 21st of June. With a best throw of 60.27m., Parellis had to settle with third position. Before travelling to China, Parellis competed at his second IAAF Diamond League in his career, in London on July 24, again taking 7th spot with a best throw of 61.07m.[39] A few days earlier, on July 11, the Cypriot thrower won first spot at the Madrid IAAF World Challenge with a 60.79m. throw. He also competed at the European Premier Meeting in Luzern on July 14 taking 4th spot.

Next up was the 2015 World Championships in Athletics, for which Parellis travelled to China almost two weeks in advance for better preparation.[40] In the qualification on August 27, Parellis threw 64.41m., the fourth best of the day, claiming a spot in the final[41] of the discus event. Two days later, Apostolos had a best throw of 64.55m. which was enough to secure him sixth place in the world.[42]

The 2015 season ended for Apostolos with yet another IAAF Diamond League appearance. On September 3 in Zurich, Parellis threw 62.62m. which gave him a 6th-place finishing.[43]

2016[edit]

Following a pre-season training camp in South Africa, Parellis made his season debut with a meeting in Athens, Greece, where he threw 62.95m.[44] to claim first spot in the event of March 5. Twenty days later Parellis had a 64.77m. throw during[45] an Amateur Athletic Association of Cyprus meeting in GSP stadium in Nicosia, just 23 centimeters shy of the Rio 2016 qualification mark.
Parellis spent April at a training camp in Portugal,[46] in preparation for his participation in the IAAF Diamond League series as well as for the European Championships and Olympic Games.

At his first IAAF Diamond League meet, on May 22, 2016 at Rabat, Morocco, Apostolos had a best throw at 63.46m.

A few days later, at the "Heraklion 2016" meeting in the Crete city, Apostolos managed to break his own national record, throwing 65.69m.[47]

National Record Progression[edit]

Since March 28, 2007, Apostolos Parellis set in eleven occasions a new National Record in discus.

2007
1. 57.81m. / March 28 / GSP stadium
2. 58.16m. / July 14 / Debrecen, Hungary

2009
3. 59.05m. / May 16 / GSP stadium
4. 60.55m. / June 4 / GSP stadium
5. 60.94m. / June 20 / Bystrica, Slovakia
6. 61.07m. / July 12 / Belgrade, Serbia

2010
7. 61.82m. / April 29 / GSP stadium
8. 61.92m. / July 16 / GSP stadium

2012
9. 62.49m. / March 6 / GSP stadium
10. 63.63m. / June 2 / Heraklion, Crete, Greece
11. 65.36m. / June 3 / Chania, Crete, Greece

2016
12. 65.69m. / May 28 / Heraklion, Crete, Greece

Competition highlights[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Cyprus
2007 European U23 Championships Debrecen, Hungary 3rd 58.16 m
Universiade Bangkok, Thailand 13th (q) 54.53 m
2009 Games of the Small States of Europe Nicosia, Cyprus 1st 60.55 m
Mediterranean Games Pescara, Italy 7th 60.12 m
Universiade Belgrade, Serbia 6th 61.07 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 17th (q) 60.57 m
Commonwealth Games Delhi, India 4th 60.51 m
2011 Games of the Small States of Europe Schaan, Liechtenstein 1st 59.73 m
Universiade Shenzhen, China 6th 61.44 m
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 14th (q) 61.79 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 13th (q) 63.48 m
2013 Games of the Small States of Europe Luxembourg, Luxembourg 2nd 59.11 m
Mediterranean Games Mersin, Turkey 7th 59.40 m
World Championships Moscow, Russia 19th (q) 59.84 m
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, United Kingdom 2nd 63.32 m
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 16th (q) 60.32 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 6th 64.55 m
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 18th (q) 61.89 m
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 8th 63.72 m
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 10th 63.17 m
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 3rd 63.61 m
Mediterranean Games Tarragona, Spain 1st 62.98 m
European Championships Berlin, Germany 8th 63.62 m
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 5th 66.32 m

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