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Pavlos Mamalos

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Greece’s Pavlos Mamalos is no ordinary powerlifter.

He won Greece’s first ever powerlifting medal at Beijing 2008 and also owns a lottery-shop to fund his athletic career. His extraordinary performances, spanning more than a decade, have led him to be one of his country’s most recognisable Para athletes.

Despite that, it was not until 2014 that Mamalos began winning titles at the international level.

Since the Worlds where he won his first gold medal he has been almost unstoppable, only slipping up against Azerbaijan’s Elshan Huseynov at the Asian Open Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2015.

Huseynov proved to be slightly bothersome to Mamalos throughout 2015.

Whilst Mamalos claimed the European title in Eger, Hungary, from Huseynov, the Azerbaijani set a new world record with a fourth round lift of 243kg.

However Mamalos’ career best lift came in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, in 2012, where he hauled 244kg.

He did not get the chance to face Huseynov at Rio 2016 with the Azerbaijani not competing. However he still pulled out his best ever performance at a Paralympic Games, lifting 238kg to claim gold with a new Paralympic record.

With three good lifts behind him, Mamalos attempted to add 0.5kg onto Huseynov's world record. Sadly he failed, but he showed his determination to claim the mark for himself and will no doubt try again in 2017 at the World Championships in Mexico City.

His win was the moment for Greece from Rio 2016, with wall-to-wall media coverage of Mamalos' exploits on the bench.

 

Biography

Impairment information

Origin of Impairment
Acquired

Further personal information

Residence
Athens, GRE
Languages
Greek

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at age 27, and began competing in 2003.
Why this sport?
"I always liked lifting weights."
Club / Team
Aetoi: Athens, GRE
Name of coach
Dimitris Ioannidis [national], GRE
Training Regime
He trains eight hours per day.

International debut

Year
2004
Competing for
Greece
Location
Egypt

General interest

Nicknames
Montoya (Athlete, 03 Apr 2014)
Hobbies
Cars. (Athlete, 03 Apr 2014)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a gold medal in the 107kg category at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 13 Dec 2016)
Most influential person in career
His parents. (iefimerida.gr, 16 Sep 2016)
Hero / Idol
Korean powerlifter Park Jong Chul. (Athlete, 03 Apr 2014)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He travels with a small band of prayer beads that he holds before competing. (Athlete, 03 Apr 2014)
Awards and honours
In 2014 he received a sporting achievement award from the Greek Paralympic Committee. (sport24.gr, 02 Dec 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (paralympic.org, 13 Dec 2016)
Impairment
His impairment is the result of the effects of polio contracted at age five. (Athlete, 03 Apr 2014; star.gr, 09 May 2013)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRSTS
In 2008 he became the first powerlifter representing Greece to win a medal at the Paralympic Games when he took silver in the 82.5kg category in Beijing. In 2016 he became the first Greek powerlifter to win a gold medal at the Games when he was victorious in the 107kg category in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 14 Sep 2016)

TOUGH CHILDHOOD
He dropped out of school during the sixth grade due to him being bullied by other students. He mostly stayed at home until age 27, when he discovered powerlifting. At age 35 he attended a school for adult learning and completed his physical education studies. "It was difficult years, kids at school did not know how to behave with a disabled child. Not even their parents knew." (vice.com, 13 Feb 2017; iefimerida.gr, 16 Sep 2016)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -90 kg Final Round 6
IPC Powerlifting World Championships Busan 2006 (Busan, South Korea)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -82.5 kg Final Round 2
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -82.5 kg Final Round 2
2010 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 90.00kg Final 2010-07-29 9999
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -90 kg Final Round 2012-09-04 3
2014 IPC Powerlifting World Championships (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's Up to 107.00 kg MD Final 2014-04-11 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's -107 kg Final Round 2016-09-14 1