Tuesday , 16 July 2024

The emblematic Paralympian Christos Angourakis passed away

Mourning in Greek Paralympic sport. Christos Angourakis, an emblematic figure of the sport of people with disabilities, with many and significant successes since the very first appearance of the Paralympic Movement in our country, left his last breath at the age of 70

"The Paralympic movement as of today is significantly poorer after the loss of Paralympian Christos Angourakis.

Christos Angourakis is a historical figure for the Paralympic movement with a long athletic career and a significant contribution from administrative positions.

Christos with his ethos and exuberant personality, apart from being a great athlete, was a respected colleague in the Greek Paralympic Committee and a good friend. His loss causes us deep sorrow and his emptiness will be unfulfilled", said the president of the NATIONAL ATHLETIC FEDERATION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES, Mrs. Ioanna Karyofylli, referring to the death of Christos Angourakis, the only Greek athlete with participation in seven Paralympic Games.

The biography of Christos Angourakis
He was born on August 24, 1952 in Heraklion, Crete. He was crippled (quadriplegia) after an accident. In 1976 he was one of the three athletes who took part in the Paralympic Games in Toronto, the first Greek participation in the Paralympic Games. After the first participation he successfully continued his athletic career by participating in world championships and in all paralympic games until 2004 (Toronto, Arnhem, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta, Sydney, Athens).

In his long Paralympic career he won a silver medal in javelin in 1992 and a bronze in 1988 and in shot put two bronzes in 1992 and 2004 in Athens. In his CV he also has two World records in javelin.

He was the standard-bearer of the Greek delegation to the Paralympic Games in Atlanta, in 2005 he was named the best Greek athlete with disabilities in the voting of sports editors (PSAT), while the Indoor Gymnasium of Haidari bears his name.

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