Konstandinos Koukodimos

Konstandinos Koukodimos
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Representing  Greece
Mediterranean Games
Gold medal – first place 1991 Athens Long jump
European Athletics Indoor Championships
Silver medal – second place 1994 Paris Long jump
European Athletics Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Helsinki Long jump
Kostas Koukodimos as an athlete (1999)

Konstadinos "Kostas" Koukodimos (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος "Κώστας" Κουκοδήμος, born 14 September 1969 in Melbourne) is a retired Greek long jumper and New Democracy politician, currently serving as the mayor of Katerini, Macedonia. He was named the 1991 Greek Male Athlete of the Year. His family has hails from Agios Dimitrios, Pieria.

Koukodimos, who was raised in Pieria, Central Macedonia, is best known for his bronze medal at the 1994 European Championships. His personal best is 8.36 metres, achieved in June 1994 in Khania.

He is also a politician and former member of the Hellenic Parliament, elected for New Democracy in the Pieria constituency in 2007. In January 2008, the journalist Makis Triantafyllopoulos revealed that Koukodimos was calling him and other journalists of the Proto Thema newspaper to cover the Christos Zachopoulos scandal.[1][2] As a result, Koukodimos was forced to leave New Democracy's parliamentary group and participate in parliament as an independent.[3][4][5][6][7] He returned to New Democracy's parliamentary team after six months.[8]

He was re-elected to parliament in the elections of 2009, May 2012, June 2012, January 2015 and September 2015.

On 2 June 2019, he was elected mayor of Katerini, defeating the incumbent Savvas Chionidis [el] with a majority of 54.44% in the second round of voting.[9] He was sworn in on 31 August and his term, like that of all other Greek mayors, officially commenced on 1 September.[10]

International competitions

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Greece
1986 World Junior Championships Athens, Greece 8th 7.58 m
1988 World Junior Championships Sudbury, Canada 8th 7.42 m (wind: +1.2 m/s)
1990 European Championships Split, Yugoslavia 9th 7.79 m (wind: -0.4 m/s)
1991 World Indoor Championships Seville, Spain 4th 7.92 m
World Championships Tokyo, Japan 12th 7.92 m
Mediterranean Games Athens, Greece 1st 8.26 m
1992 European Indoor Championships Genoa, Italy 12th 7.70 m
Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 6th 8.04 m
1994 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 2nd 8.09 m
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 8.01 m (wind: +0.2 m/s)
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 6th 8.00 m
1997 Mediterranean Games Bari, Italy 2nd 7.95 m
1998 European Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 8th 7.74 m

References

  1. ^ Εκανε ζούγκλα τους βουλευτές και δικαιώθηκε (in Greek). Eleftherotypia. 26 January 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2008.
  2. ^ Εκθετοι Κουκοδήμος – Κλαδάς (in Greek). Eleftherotypia. 13 February 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2008.
  3. ^ Ανεξάρτητος ο Κουκοδήμος (in Greek). ethnos.gr. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2008.
  4. ^ Ανεξάρτητος εξαρτημένος (in Greek). Eleftherotypia. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2008.
  5. ^ "Koukodimos becomes independent". Athens News Agency-Macedonian News Agency. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2008.
  6. ^ "MP's jump cuts majority to one". eKathimerini.gr. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2008.
  7. ^ "Greek conservatives cling to parliamentary majority after deputy quits party". The International Herald Tribune. 31 January 2008. Retrieved 20 May 2008.
  8. ^ "ND back to full strength". Kathimerini. 23 July 2008. Retrieved 6 July 2009.
  9. ^ "Municipal elections – May 2019". Athens: Ministry of the Interior. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  10. ^ "Ορκίστηκε δήμαρχος Κατερίνης ο Κώστας Κουκοδήμος". dimarxos.gr (in Greek). 2 September 2019. Retrieved 6 September 2019.

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