The most decorated Olympic athlete in the history of weightlifting, three times Olympic Champion plus once bronze-medal winner Greek hero Pyrros Dimas celebrates his birthday today!
Born in the Albanian city of Himara from Greek parents, Dimas devoted himself to the sport of weightlifting while only aged 11.
He started competing at 14 and won his first Albanian champion title in 1989 at the age of 18. He became 4th at the European Championships in 1990 in the Danish city of Aalborg. The tremendous success and glorious path followed shortly after.
He won his first Olympic Gold in 1992 for Greece in the 82,5kg bodyweight category. Coming home from the Barcelona Olympic Games he was acclaimed by a crowd of 60 thousand Greek supporters as National Hero.
In 1996 he once again got a Gold this time in the 83kg bodyweight category while in 2000 he won in the 85kg.
His name became history as he even stands out from the list of three times Olympic Champions (Naim Suleymanoglu, Kakhi Kakhiashvili, Halil Mutlu) as he added an Olympic Bronze to his collection at the 2004 Olympic Games held in Athens.
This breathtaking way to end his career remains in every weightlifting lovers’ memory. He became Member of the IWF Weightlifting Hall of Fame in 2009 and was also President of the Greek Weightlifting Federation pursuing a political career as well.
His personal best is 180,5kg in the Snatch, 215kg in the Clean and Jerk and 392,5kg in the Total.
Happy Birthday Pyrros Dimas!