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Nikolaos Gkountanis

Powerlifting

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital

Further personal information

Family
Wife Nantia Sarigiannidoy
Residence
Patras, GRE
Languages
Greek

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began powerlifting in 2003 in Patras, Greece.
Why this sport?
"At some point I started going to a gym, and shortly after the owner Vasilis Kontogiorgopoulos told me that I had strength and I should be involved in powerlifting."
Club / Team
NCC Achaia: Greece
Name of coach
Dimitris Ioannidis [national], GRE
Training Regime
He trains for up to five hours a day.

International debut

Year
2003
Competing for
Greece
Tournament
European Championships
Location
Slovakia

General interest

Nicknames
Giant, Nikos (paralympic.gr, 15 Apr 2019; Athlete, 03 Apr 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Finishing fourth and breaking the European record in the 67.5kg category at the 2010 World Championships in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
His wife Nantia Sarigiannidou. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Hero / Idol
Greek powerlifter Pavlos Mamalos. (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Injuries
He experienced back problems two weeks ahead of the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. The injury prevented him from competing at the event. (Athlete, 03 Apr 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Sport is life." (Athlete, 05 Dec 2017)
Awards and honours
In 2015 he received a sporting achievement award from the Greek Paralympic Committee. (tennis24.gr, 16 Dec 2015)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (patrasevents.gr, 25 Sep 2016)
Impairment
He has achondroplasia and is a person of short stature. (Athlete, 14 Jun 2019)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -67.5 kg Final Round 6
IPC Powerlifting World Championships Busan 2006 (Busan, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -75 kg Final Round 5
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -75 kg Final Round 7
2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 67.50kg Final 2010-07-27 9999
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 72.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-07 10
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -65 kg Final Round 2016-09-10 5
Mexico City 2017 World Para Powerlifting Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 65.00kg Final 2017-12-08 9999