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DIMAS Pyrros (1971) Greece / Weightlifting
The Russian Samadov and the Pole Siemion having lifted 370 kg in the clean and jerk at the Barcelona games in '92, Pyrros Dimas, a Greek of Albanian origin, emulated this feat. Due to the fact that he was lighter than his two opponents, he was declared the champion of the 83 kg category, as is stated in the discipline's rules. He received the gold medal, unlike the Chechen Samadov who refused his medal and was kicked out of the games as a result.Dimas arrived back in his new country whose nationality he had taken a year earlier to a hero's welcome. Almost 90 years had passed since a Greek had last won a gold medal for weight lifting.Dimas subsequently won three world championship titles. Four years later in Atlanta, he confirmed that his success had not been down to luck by again becoming Olympic champion of the 83 kg category. He made it three-in-a-row in Sydney in the same category, clearly demonstrating that he is one of the greatest weightlifter of all times. Pyrros Dimas collected his third gold medal - again thanks to a difference in weight (16 grams) - by beating Germany's Huster. Greek weightlifter was appointed to the 2004 Athens Games organising committee. He says he wants to be the first weightlifter to win a fourth in Athens.
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