Cyprus moved up to 21 gold medals on day four of Malta 2023 ©Jonathan Bugeja/Malta 2023

Cyprus secured another six gold medals to protect their lead in the standings at the Malta 2023 Games of the Small States of Europe.

The country now has 21 golds, 17 silvers and 20 bronzes to lead the field, while the hosts are closest behind on 20 golds.

Antreas Michallekides struck first in the men's long jump as he posted a best of 7.44 metres.

The performance meant that he prevented a Maltese win as compatriots Jeremy Zammit and Ian Paul Grech joined him on the podium with scores of 7.28m and 6.86m, respectively.

Natalia Christofi then sealed another athletics win for the Cypriots, this time in the women's 110m hurdles.

She put in a blistering 13.01-second performance to comfortable beat Luxembourg's Victoria Rausch by 0.54.

Andorra's Lerato Pages then made up the top three in 14.04.

Cyprus' success was not limited to the track and field events, with the men's 3x3 basketball team prevailing in a tense final.

They beat Luxembourg 21-20 after Andorra snatched bronze from Monaco with a 21-18 victory.

Georgios Balarjishvili, Odysseas Georgakis, Giannis Antoniou, Kyprianos Andreou, Georgios Kroussaniotakis, and Petros Christodoulides then combined for glory on the tatami.

They got the better of Malta, Montenegro, and finally Luxembourg to take home gold in the men's team judo competition.

Further Cypriot success on day four came in the pool courtesy of Kalia Antoniou, Maria Erokhina, Anna Hadjiloizou, and Anna Panaretou.

The quartet won a thrilling final in the women's 4x100m medley relay as they clocked in with a time of 4min 15.98sec.

Iceland and Malta then followed suit with respective times of 4:16.12 and 4:18.69.

Antoniou also won gold in the women's 50m freestyle with 25.23 to beat Iceland's Johanna Gudmundsdottir and Hadjiloizou.

The country's final gold came in the women's 3,000m steeplechase as Chrystalla Chatjipolydorou crossed the line first in 11:02.11.

She was followed by Andorran duo Dayana Huerta and Xenia Mourelo.

Competition is due to continue tomorrow with medals set to be won in rugby sevens, shooting, squash, swimming, and tennis.