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Pyrros Dimas is an Albanian-born Greek weightlifter, who won gold medals at three consecutive Olympic Games

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BirthdayOctober 13, 1971
NationalityGreek
FamousGreek Men, Greek Sportspersons, Olympic Athlete, Sportspersons
SpousesAnastasia Sdougkou
Childrens Eleni (1995), Maria (2000) and Nickolas, Victor (1998)
Birth PlaceHimarë
Political IdeologyPolitical party - Panhellenic Socialist Movement
ReligionGreek Orthodox Church
Height173cm
GenderMale
Sun SignLibra
Born inHimarë
Famous asOlympic athlete

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Who is Pyrros Dimas?

Pyrros Dimas is an Albanian-born Greek weightlifter, who won gold medals at three consecutive Olympic Games. He seemed to have been god-gifted and born to become a living legend in the history of weightlifting. After representing Albania in his early career, he migrated to Greece in 1991 and made his debut appearance for Greece at the 1992 Olympic Games, winning a gold medal. He went on to compete in the next three Olympic Games and win two gold medals and one bronze medal. His success at the three consecutive Olympics made him Greece’s national hero and one of the greatest athletes in weightlifting. Besides being a three-time Olympic champion, he also holds three World Championship titles and one European Championship title. He has been honored with several awards for his achievements in weightlifting. Upon his retirement from the sport, he was selected to head the Hellenic Weightlifting Federation and joined politics

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Childhood & Early Life

Pyrros Dimas was born as Pirro Dhima on October 13, 1971 in Himara, southern Albania, to Greek parents.

He started training in weightlifting at the age of 11 and by the time he turned 14, he started competing at the junior level.

Career

He received training under Zef Kovaci and became a triple champion in Albania in 1989 under the 82.5 kg category, which he repeated in 1990 as well.

He participated at the 62nd World Championship of Weightlifting in 1989 and rose to the world rank of 12, helping Albania attain the 13th position.

Through his phenomenal performance at the 1990 European Weightlifting Championship, held in Aalborg, Denmark, he improved his world ranking from 12 to 4, while Albania catapulted to 3rd position, behind Soviet Union and Bulgaria.

At the 1990 European Cup, held in Antalya, Turkey, Albania rose to rank 2 in Europe.

He went to Greece in 1991 on the pretext of getting a surgery but stayed back and became a Greek citizen in 1992.

He was welcomed by over 100,000 fans in a grand ceremony at Panathinaikon Stadium, Athens, upon his return from Barcelona after winning a gold medal, along with another medalist, Voula Patoulidou, who won in the 100m hurdles.

He added two world titles at the 1993 Melbourne World Championships and 1995 Guangzhou World Championships, followed by European title at the 1995 Warszawa European Championships, under the 83 kg category, into his kitty.

In 1998, he won two more medals in the 85 kg class – gold at the Lahti World Championships and silver at the Riesa European Championships.

He announced his retirement at the 2004 Summer Olympics, Athens, amid standing ovation by the Greek audience.

He was made the vice-president of Hellenic Weightlifting Federation in June 2008 and four months later in October, he became its president.

He ventured into politics in 2012 by joining PASOK and criticized the Greek government for forgetting the Northern Epirus.

He attended the ceremony of 100th anniversary celebration of the declaration of Autonomy of the Republic of Northern Epirus, held in February 2014.

Major Works

He became a national hero overnight when he claimed his first Olympic gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, in the 82.5 kg clean-and-jerk category raising a total of 370 kg, shouting his famous cry ‘For Greece’.

He was his country’s flag-bearer at the 1996 Olympic Games, held in Atlanta, where he won his second Olympic gold medal in the 83 kg class, making a world record by lifting 392.5 kg in total.

In his third Olympic competition, he clinched his third consecutive Olympic gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Games, in the 85 kg clean-and-jerk class.

He was the flag-bearer of the Greek team at both opening and closing ceremonies at the 2004 Olympic Games, held in Athens. He won a bronze medal in the 85 kg class, despite suffering from a wrist injury and recovering from a knee surgery.

Awards & Achievements

The Albanian government awarded him with the ‘Master of Sports’ title, while the European Weightlifting Federation honored him with the ‘European Master’ title, in 1990.

In 1996, he was honored with the distinction of Captain of the Hellenic Army by the Greek government, for securing a second gold medal at the Olympics.

He is among the four weightlifters who have won a gold medal in three successive Olympic Games – other three being Halil Mutlu, Kakhi Kakhiashvili, and Naim Suleymanoglu.

By winning bronze at the Athens Olympics in 2004, he became the fourth athlete to win a medal at four Olympic Games in weightlifting. Besides, he is only the third weightlifter to claim a medal four times consecutively.

Personal Life & Legacy

He is married to Anastasia Sdougkou, a former reporter with Greek National Television (ERT), with whom he has four children – daughter Eleni (1995), son Victor (1998), daughter Maria (2000), and son Nickolas (2009).

Trivia

He earned his nickname ‘The Lion of Chimara’ from his Albanian birthplace, Himara (or Chimara).

As a true sportsperson, he would continue to hold the weights above his head even after the buzzer went on, allowing the audience to click pictures

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Pyrros Dimas biography timelines

  • // 13th Oct 1971
    Pyrros Dimas was born as Pirro Dhima on October 13, 1971 in Himara, southern Albania, to Greek parents.
  • // 1989 To 1990
    He received training under Zef Kovaci and became a triple champion in Albania in 1989 under the 82.5 kg category, which he repeated in 1990 as well.
  • // 1989
    He participated at the 62nd World Championship of Weightlifting in 1989 and rose to the world rank of 12, helping Albania attain the 13th position.
  • // 1990
    Through his phenomenal performance at the 1990 European Weightlifting Championship, held in Aalborg, Denmark, he improved his world ranking from 12 to 4, while Albania catapulted to 3rd position, behind Soviet Union and Bulgaria.
  • // 1990
    At the 1990 European Cup, held in Antalya, Turkey, Albania rose to rank 2 in Europe.
  • // 1990
    The Albanian government awarded him with the ‘Master of Sports’ title, while the European Weightlifting Federation honored him with the ‘European Master’ title, in 1990.
  • // 1991 To 1992
    He went to Greece in 1991 on the pretext of getting a surgery but stayed back and became a Greek citizen in 1992.
  • // 1992
    He became a national hero overnight when he claimed his first Olympic gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, in the 82.5 kg clean-and-jerk category raising a total of 370 kg, shouting his famous cry ‘For Greece’.
  • // 1993 To 1995
    He added two world titles at the 1993 Melbourne World Championships and 1995 Guangzhou World Championships, followed by European title at the 1995 Warszawa European Championships, under the 83 kg category, into his kitty.
  • // 1996
    He was his country’s flag-bearer at the 1996 Olympic Games, held in Atlanta, where he won his second Olympic gold medal in the 83 kg class, making a world record by lifting 392.5 kg in total.
  • // 1996
    In 1996, he was honored with the distinction of Captain of the Hellenic Army by the Greek government, for securing a second gold medal at the Olympics.
  • // 1998
    In 1998, he won two more medals in the 85 kg class – gold at the Lahti World Championships and silver at the Riesa European Championships.
  • // 1998 To 2009
    He is married to Anastasia Sdougkou, a former reporter with Greek National Television (ERT), with whom he has four children – daughter Eleni (1995), son Victor (1998), daughter Maria (2000), and son Nickolas (2009).
  • // 2000
    In his third Olympic competition, he clinched his third consecutive Olympic gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Games, in the 85 kg clean-and-jerk class.
  • // 2004
    He announced his retirement at the 2004 Summer Olympics, Athens, amid standing ovation by the Greek audience.
  • // 2004
    He was the flag-bearer of the Greek team at both opening and closing ceremonies at the 2004 Olympic Games, held in Athens. He won a bronze medal in the 85 kg class, despite suffering from a wrist injury and recovering from a knee surgery.
  • // 2004
    By winning bronze at the Athens Olympics in 2004, he became the fourth athlete to win a medal at four Olympic Games in weightlifting. Besides, he is only the third weightlifter to claim a medal four times consecutively.
  • // Jun 2008
    He was made the vice-president of Hellenic Weightlifting Federation in June 2008 and four months later in October, he became its president.
  • // 2012
    He ventured into politics in 2012 by joining PASOK and criticized the Greek government for forgetting the Northern Epirus.
  • // Feb 2014
    He attended the ceremony of 100th anniversary celebration of the declaration of Autonomy of the Republic of Northern Epirus, held in February 2014.

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Pyrros Dimas's FAQ

  • What is Pyrros Dimas birthday?

    Pyrros Dimas was born at 1971-10-13

  • Where is Pyrros Dimas's birth place?

    Pyrros Dimas was born in Himarë

  • What is Pyrros Dimas nationalities?

    Pyrros Dimas's nationalities is Greek

  • Who is Pyrros Dimas spouses?

    Pyrros Dimas's spouses is Anastasia Sdougkou

  • Who is Pyrros Dimas childrens?

    Pyrros Dimas's childrens is Eleni (1995), Maria (2000) and Nickolas, Victor (1998)

  • What is Pyrros Dimas's political ideology?

    Pyrros Dimas's political ideology is Political party - Panhellenic Socialist Movement

  • What is Pyrros Dimas's religion?

    Pyrros Dimas's religion is Greek Orthodox Church

  • How tall is Pyrros Dimas?

    Pyrros Dimas's height is 173

  • What is Pyrros Dimas's sun sign?

    Pyrros Dimas is Libra

  • How famous is Pyrros Dimas?

    Pyrros Dimas is famouse as Olympic athlete