Pyrros Dimas

Pyrros Dimas

Greek athlete, weightlifter
Date of Birth: 13.10.1971
Country: Greece

Biography of Pyrros Dimas

Pyrros Dimas is a Greek athlete and weightlifter who is considered one of the greatest weightlifters in the history of the sport. He was born in the Albanian city of Himarë to an ethnic Greek family. Dimas began his sports career at the age of 11 and started competing in junior competitions at the age of 14.

Pyrros Dimas

In 1989, at the age of 18, Dimas became a three-time champion of Albania in the 82.5-kilogram weight category. He repeated this achievement in 1990. He trained under the guidance of Zef Kovaci. In the same year, Dimas was awarded the title of Master of Sport and European-level Master of Sport by the European Weightlifting Federation.

Pyrros Dimas

Dimas represented the Albanian national weightlifting team and played a valuable role in their success. He helped the team rise to 13th place in the World Championships in 1989. In the 69th European Championships in Denmark in 1990, Dimas finished fourth individually and won bronze with his team.

Pyrros Dimas

In 1991, Dimas emigrated to Greece and became a Greek citizen in 1992. He made his debut as a Greek athlete at the Summer Olympics, winning gold in the 82.5-kilogram weight category. Dimas became a national hero in Greece, as the country had not achieved much success in the Olympics before his victory.

Pyrros Dimas

Dimas went on to win three more Olympic gold medals in 1992, 1996, and 2000, setting two new world records along the way. Many believed he would win a fourth gold in 2004, but he was hampered by knee and wrist injuries. Despite his injuries, Dimas won a bronze medal, solidifying his status as a true hero in Greece.

Dimas retired from competitive weightlifting after the 2004 Olympics, leaving his shoes on the platform as a symbol of his retirement. In June 2008, he became the Vice President of the Greek Weightlifting Federation and was later appointed as the President in October. Dimas is married to former sports commentator Anastasia Sdougkou, and they have four children together.

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