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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

5 September 2012. Greek Paralympians Bring Home the Bacon, Too

Powerlifter Pavlos Mamalos


Powerlifter Pavlos Mamalos after winning the bronze in the 90 kilos (198 pounds) competition


Paschalis Stathelakos won the silver in the men’s discus throw


Grigorios Polychronidis of the boccia team during the mixed-pairs competition


Gold-medallist mixed-pairs boccia team of Maria-Eleni Kordali, Nikolaos Pananos, and Grigorios Polychronidis


Haralambos Taiganidis won bronze for Greece in the men’s 100-metre backstroke S13


Bronze-medallists Aristidis Makrodimitris, Alexandra Dimoglou, and Haralambos Taiganidis


Alexandra Dimoglou in the women’s 400-metre race


Swimmers Aristidis Makrodimitris and Haralambos Taiganidis won Greece’s first medals in the 2012 Paralympic Games, with Alexandra Dimoglou following suit in track and field. Makrodimitris earned bronze after finishing third in the 100-metre freestyle S2 final on Monday, clocking 2:21.04. A few hours later, Taiganidis added a second bronze medal by claiming the third spot in the final of 100-metre backstroke S13. Then, Dimoglou finished third in 400-metre T13 with a new personal best of 56.91 seconds. Team Greece at London’s Paralympic Games has 61 athletes.


On Tuesday, Greece secured its first gold medal in the 2012 Paralympic Games; the national boccia team in the BC3 category beat Portugal in the final with a 4-1 score. The Greek team consisted of veteran Grigoris Polychronidis as well as Nikos Pananos and Eleni Kordali. Also on Tuesday, Paschalis Stathelakos grabbed Greece’s first silver medal as he ended up second in the final of discus F40, with a European record of 44.11 metres. Pavlos Mamalos earned bronze in powerlifting after finishing third in the 90 kilo category with a lift of 232 kilos (512 pounds). This was Greece’s fourth bronze at the London Paralympics.

4 September 2012

George Georgakopoulos




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