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|Born|| (1971-10-13) 13 October 1971
|Height||173 cm (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||83.15 kg (183.3 lb)|
|Achievements and titles|
Pyrros Dimas (Greek: Πύρρος Δήμας; pronounced [piros ðimas]; born 13 October 1971) is a Greek politician and former weightlifter. He is currently the technical director for USA Weightlifting, having taken that position in June 2017. Dimas has also been involved in politics as a member of the Greek parliament, representing the Panhellenic Socialist Movement from 2012 to 2015. Dimas is the most decorated Greek athlete in the Olympics and is widely considered one of the greatest weightlifters of all time, having been three times Olympic Gold Medalist (in his fourth Olympiad, a knee injury notwithstanding, he won the bronze medal), and three times World Champion. He was named the Greek Male Athlete of the Year, for the years 1992, 1993, 1995, and 1996.
Dimas started the sport at 11 and competed at a junior's level at 14. At 18, in 1989, he became triple Champion of Albania for the 82.5 kg category and in 1990 he repeated himself.
While in Albania, he was coached by Zef Kovaci. In 1990 he was also accorded the title "Master of Sports" by the Albanian government and the title "European Master" by the European Weightlifting Federation.
Results representing Albania
He was part of the Albanian weightlifting team to which he made important contributions: In 1989 in the 62nd World Championship of Weightlifting Dimas ranked 12th in the World and helped Albania rank 13th in the world.).
In the 69th European Weightlifting Championship (held in Aalborg, Denmark May 1990), Dimas ranked 4th in Europe and Albania ranked 3rd (after 1st placed USSR and 2nd placed Bulgaria), and in the European Cup for nations (in Antalya, Turkey, December 1990) Dimas, Leonidas Sabanis and Fatmir Bushi helped Albania rank 2nd in Europe (after 1st placed Bulgaria).
Results representing Greece
During his stay in Aalborg he came in contact with representatives of the Greek national team: Giannis Sgouros and Christos Iakovou and he expressed great enthusiasm for a future cooperation. However, the political situation in the People's Republic of Albania prohibited him from leaving the country. Dimas managed to cross the Greek-Albanian border at 7 February 1991, after a several hour exhaustive trip. He then stayed in Athens. He acquired Greek citizenship in 1992, and first competed under the Greek flag in the 1992 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal in the 82.5 kg class.
During his third lift at the clean and jerk, he shouted "Για την Ελλάδα!" (transliterated "Gia tin Ellada!"; meaning "For Greece!"), thus dedicating his victory to Greece. This is the catchphrase with which he is most associated in Greece.
At a time when Greek success at the Olympics was limited, he and Voula Patoulidou (the surprise gold medalist at the 100m hurdles) became instant national heroes. They were greeted as such on their return to Greece at a grand ceremony attended by 60,000 people at the Panathinaikon Stadium in Athens, with a further 30,000 outside the stadium. His birthplace gave rise to his nickname "The Lion of Himara". His outstanding number of Olympic Gold Medals created another nickname "Midas".
Characteristic of his self-confidence was his tendency to keep the weights lifted after the buzzer had sounded so that the crowd could take photographs.
With the 1993 and 1995 World titles under his belt, Dimas was the favorite to win Olympic Gold in the 83 kg class at the 1996 Summer Olympics, where he was the flag bearer of the Greek Olympic team. He won the event with two new World Records.
At the 2000 Summer Olympics, he won yet another gold medal, this time in the 85 kg class. This made him one of just three weightlifters at that time to have won three Olympic gold medals, the others being Naim Süleymanoğlu (Turkey, but born in Bulgaria) and Kakhi Kakhiashvili (Greece, but born in Georgia). Halil Mutlu (like Süleymanoğlu, a Bulgaria-born Turk) would become the fourth in 2004.
At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, Dimas was again chosen as Greek flag bearer for both the opening and closing ceremonies. Dimas was recovering from knee surgery and a hurt wrist and was not expected to compete in these Olympics, but he came away with a bronze medal in the 85 kg class, becoming only the fourth weightlifter in history to win a medal at four different Olympic Games, the third to win those four medals successively, and the only one whose four medals include 3 golds, thus cementing his status as a national hero in Greece and as an international weightlifting legend.
On 17 February 2014 Dimas participated in the ceremony of 100th anniversary of the declaration of Autonomy of the Republic of Northern Epirus. Dimas propagates against what he considers to be discrimination policies of the Albanian state against the Greek community of Himara.
Dimas was married to Anastasia Sdougkou, a former Hellenic Broadcasting Corporation (ERT) sports reporter. Together they had four children, Eleni (b. 1995), Victor (b. 1998), Maria (b. 2000), and Nickolas (b. 2009). His wife Anastasia Sdougkou died of brain cancer on 14 June 2018.
- Snatch: 180.5 kg 1999 in Athens in the class to 85 kg.
- Clean and jerk: 215.0 kg 2000 Summer Olympics in the class to 85 kg.
- Total: 392.5 kg 1996 Summer Olympics in the class to 83 kg.
|Year||Venue||Weight||Snatch (kg)||Clean & Jerk (kg)||Total||Rank|
|1992||Barcelona, Spain||82.5 kg||162.5||167.5||1||202.5||4||370.0|
|1996||Atlanta, United States||83 kg||172.5||175.0||180.0 WR||1||202.5||207.5||213.0 WR||2||392.5 WR|
|2000||Sydney, Australia||85 kg||175.0||4||210.0||215.0||1||390.0|
|2004||Athens, Greece||85 kg||170.0||175.0||3||202.5||4||377.5|
|1994||Istanbul, Turkey||83 kg||167.5||172.5||--||--||--|
|1995||Guangzhou, China||83 kg||170.0||172.5||212.5||385.0|
|1998||Lahti, Finland||85 kg||172.5||178.0 WR||210.0||387.5|
|1999||Athens, Greece||85 kg||175.0||180.5 WR||207.5||387.5|
|1992||Szekszárd, Hungary||82.5 kg||165.0||202.5||367.5|
|1993||Sofia, Bulgaria||83 kg||170.0||200.0||5||370.0|
|1995||Warsaw, Poland||83 kg||177.5||210.0||387.5|
|1998||Riesa, Germany||85 kg||167.5||172.5||200.0||205.0||377.5|
|2000||Sofia, Bulgaria||85 kg||167.5||170.0||4||200.0||7||370.0||4|
|2004||Kyiv, Ukraine||85 kg||165.0||170.0||6||200.0||205.0||5||375.0||5|
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