Eleftherios Petrounias

Olympic Medals
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Gold medal, August 15, 2016, Rings. Rio 2016

Lefteris Petrounias reached perfection with his stunning performance in the rings final in Rio, Brazil. Petrounias impressed the judges with his program, as he presented a routine with a high degree of difficulty and executed it flawlessly until the end. The judges gave him 16,000 points, so he only had to wait for his fellow competitors to finish their program to hang the Olympic medal on his chest. Brazilian Zanetti, London gold medalist, competed last and was given a score of 15.766 by the judges, which earned him second place. The two great protagonists embraced each other immediately after the results were announced. Russian Ablyazin received 15.700 and climbed to the third step of the podium.


Bronze medal, Rings. Tokyo 2020

Lefteris Petrounias won the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. The gymnastics champion scored 15,200 in the rings discipline, however one step in his exit cost him the gold medal. The champion of the rings executed his impressive program and climbed to the 3rd place of the podium, while Liu Yang (China) with 15,500 and Hao You (China) with 15,300 climbed to the top two of the Olympic podium.

With one gold and one bronze medal, he is the Greek gymnast with the most distinctions in the Olympic Games after his fellow athlete also known as “lord of the rings”, Demosthenes Tabakos, who won a silver (2000) and a gold (2004) in the top Sport Event of the Olympic Games.

They said..

“In every statement I say that the Greeks have the soul to go where we deserve, and that is what we’re here to prove. For me, the most important thing is to hear the national anthem. I dedicate this medal to my father, my coach and all of Greece. There is no secret for this success. We worked a lot, we prepared well, we were patient, we also had a bit of luck, which you always need, and luckily everything went well.”

August 15, 2016