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DIMAS Pyrros
DIMAS Pyrros

Pyrros DIMAS

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Pyrros Dimas was a member of the Greek ethnic minority in Albania and competed for Albania at the 1990 European Championships. The following year, he crossed the border and became a Greek citizen.

A first close victory

Competing in the 82.5kg weight class at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Dimas finished with a lift total of 370 kilograms, as did Krzystof Siemion of Poland and Ibragim Samadov of Unified Team (ex-USSR). Samadov ranked third because he outweighed the other two by five grams, but Dimas and Siemion weighed exactly the same. A new tie-breaking rule awarded the gold medal to whichever lifter reached his final total first. This was Dimas, who gained Greece's first Olympic weightlifting championship since 1904.

A victory by 16 grams

After winning two of the next three world championships, Dimas entered the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta as the world record holder. He did not disappoint his fans, as he broke the world record in both the snatch and the jerk and defeated Marc Huster of Germany by 9 kilograms. Going for a third Olympic title in 2000, Dimas missed his first two snatch attempts and was only in fourth place midway through the competition. He made up the deficiency in the jerk and, as in 1992, he ended up in a three-way tie, this time with Huster and Georgia's Georgi Asanidze at 390 kilograms. Fortunately, he weighed 16 grams less than Huster and 64 grams less than Asanidze, so he did win his third gold medal.

One last medal before retirement

Dimas returned to the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 and earned the bronze, after which he signalled his retirement by leaving his shoes on the platform, while the appreciative Greek crowd gave him a standing ovation.

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The mighty weightlifter's third Olympic gold medal - Pyrros Dimas

After winning the Olympic gold medal in both Barcelona 1992 and Atlanta 1996, Pyrros Dimas arrived in Sydney aiming for the top. Could the mighty weightlifter overcome his previous injuries and be Olympic champion for the third time?

 

Lifting an impressive 390kg in total, Pyrros Dimas once again earned his position on the highest step of podium, becoming only the third weightlifter ever to win three Olympic gold medals.

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Mens Category 85kg

ATHENS - AUGUST 21: Pyrros Dimas of Greece shouts as he attempts to make a lift in the men's 85 kg category weightlifting competition on August 21, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at Nikaia Olympic Weightlifting Hall in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Pyrros Dimas
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Mens Category 85kg Medal Ceremony

ATHENS - AUGUST 21: Pyrros Dimas of Greece celebrates with his children Helen, Victor and Maria after winning the bronze medal for the men's 85 kg category weightlifting event on August 21, 2004 during the Athens 2004 Summer Olympic Games at Nikaia Olympic Weightlifting Hall in Athens, Greece. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Pyrros Dimas
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Athens 2004-The Greek delegation (GRE)-Flag-bearer-Pyrros DIMAS (Weightlifting).
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DIMAS Pyrros - Greece

Weightlifting/men/85kg - Greece 2004 (Summer)
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DIMASGEWICHTHEBEN OLYMPISCHE SPIELE SYDNEY 2000

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 23: OLYMPISCHE SPIELE SYDNEY 2000, Sydney; MAENNER/bis 85kg; GOLD fuer Pyrros DIMAS/GRE (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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