114 Years Of Titles: 1896 – 2009

THE ATHLETICS OLYMPIANS
IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVENTS

The National Athletics Events began in our country in 1896, together with the rebirth of the modern day Olympic Games. During ancient times, the Classic Sports were the main representatives of the Olympic Games. As even today they still are one the strongest exponents of the Games, it was only natural, than in recent Greek sports history, the Olympic Games and the Athletics to evolve through a common ground. From 1896 up to 2008, in 26 Olympic Events, there have been 1.243 Greek participants, of which, 294 were competing in Athletics which is about 24% of total participants. In the 27 Sports that we have participated in, the second in number of athletes (through all time) is Swimming with Water Polo, with 231 participations, while Shooting comes third with 97 participations (in the most part, due to the many Shooting athletes in 1896).

Out of the 294 Athletics athletes, the one with the most participations in Olympic Games is Voula Patoulida, who took part 4 times (1988 – 92 – 96 -2000) and won the gold medal in 1992 in Barcelona. There are 17 more athletes (9 men – 8 women) who have 3 participations in Olympic Games. Between the Greek (men) Athletics Olympians, thrower Nikolaos Georgantas is the one who has won the most personal titles in National Championship Events. He has won 25 national titles between 1901 and 1919. Nikos Georgopoulos and George Papavasiliou are the ones who come first in recent years with 18 titles in personal events (not in relay races), between 1953 and 1965. Out of those who are still competing, Periklis Iakovakis comes first with 12 titles from 1998 up to 2009.

These are the titles of men Olympians who have competed in national events – events that have a history of 114 years. The National Athletics events for women have been for 80 years only as they began in 1930. At the top comes Fani Argiriou with 32 titles during the years between 1946 and 1959, while Ampatzidou comes first between those who still compete with 11 titles in the Marathon and the 10.000m.

Here are the tables of men and women:

MEN
(PERSONAL TITLES)

 

  • 25 titles (1901 – 1919) NIKOLAOS GEORGANTAS: 1880-1958, Bolos AC – PGS.
    (Stone Throw 9, Shot Put 7, Discus Throw 5, Discus Greek Style 4)
  • 18 titles (1954 – 1964) GEORGE PAPAVASILEIOU: 1930, AEK
    (Steeple 11, 5.000m. 7)
  • 18 titles (1953 – 1965) NIKOS GEORGOPOULOS: 1937, PAO
    (100m. 9 – 200m. 9)
  • 15 titles (1932 – 1956) NIKOS SYLLAS: 1914 – 1986, Panchiakos A.C., Panionios GSS.
    (Discus Throw 15)
  • 15 titles (1940 – 1935) BASILIS MAVRAPOSTOLOS: 1916-1995, Faliro AOP.
    (5.000m 9 – 10.000m. 4 – 1.500m. 2)
  • 15 titles (1990 – 2002) SPIROS KASTANIS: 1964, Panionios GSS – PGS.
    (50km Walk 9 – 20km Walk 6)
  • 15 titles (1961 – 1969) GEORGE MESIMERTZIS: 1940, OSFP.
    (1.500m. 7 – 5.000m. 5 – Steeple 2 – 800m. 1)
  • 14 titles (1928 – 1937) GRIGORIS GEORGAKOPOULOS: 1909-1956, AEK.
    (1.500m. 7 – 800m. 6 – 400m. 1).
  • 14 titles (1961 – 1977) CHRIS PAPANIKOLAOU: 1941, PAO.
    (Pole Vault 13 – Decathlon 1).
  • 13 titles (1949 – 1958) JOHN KAMPADELLIS: 1927-1989, Kavala Philip – PAO.
    (110m. Hurdles 8 – 400m. Hurdles 4 – Decathlon 1).
  • 13 titles (1994 – 2009) ALEKSANDROS PAPADIMITRIOU: 1973, Iraklis A.C. – AEK.
    (Hammer Throw 13).
  • 12 titles (1907 – 1912) KONSTANTINOS TSIKLITIRAS: 1888-1913 Panellinios A.C.
    (Standing Long Jump 4 – Standing High Jump 4 – High Jump 3 – Pentathlon 1).
  • 12 titles (1933 – 1939) STELIOS KIRIAKIDIS: 1910-1987, Cyprus A.C.O
    (5.000m. 4 – 10.000m. 4 – Marathon 4).
  • 12 titles (1947 – 1955) KOSTAS GIATAGANAS: 1920-1997, Ethnikos A.C.
    (Shot Put 8 – Discus Throw 4).
  • 12 titles (1955 – 1967) GEORGE TSAKANIKAS: 1934, Faliro S.C.P.
    (Shot Put 10 – Discus Throw 2).
  • 12 titles (1971 – 1982) APOSTOLOS KATHINIOTIS: 1952, Bolos A.C.
    (Triple Jump 8, Long Jump 4).
  • 12 titles (1998 – 20008) PERIKLIS IAKOVAKIS: 1979 Lechaina A.E. – OSFP.
    (400m. Hurdles 12).
  • 11 titles (1931 – 1938) CHRISANTHOS TSOUKALAS: 1907-1973 PAO.
    (Steeple 4 – 1.500m. 3 – 5.000m. 3 – 800m. 1)
  • 11 titles (1984 – 1991) SPIROS ANDRIOPOULOS: 1962 Patra A.P.C. – Iraklis A.C.
    (10.000m. 7 – 5.000m. 2 – Marathon 2).
  • 10 titles (1907 – 1912) MICHALIS DORIZAS: 1888-1957, Ethnikos A.C.
    (Discus Throw 4 – Discus Greek Style 3 – Stone Put 2 – Pentathlon 1)
  • 10 titles (1925 – 1931) VAGELIS MIROPOULOS: 1905-1996 Ethnikos A.C.
    (400m. Hurdles 6 – 110m. Hurdles 4)
  • 10 titles (1954 – 1964) GEORGE MARSELLOS: 1936, Panionios GSS
    (110m. Hurdles 6 – High Jump 3 – Decathlon 1)
  • 10 titles (1957 – 1967) ANTONIS KOUNADIS: 1937, Ethnikos A.C.
    (Discus Throw 9 – Shot Put 1)
  • 10 titles (1970 – 1976) STAVROS MERMIGKIS: 1952, Ethnikos A.C.
    (800m. 7 – 1.500m. 3).
  • 10 titles (1973 – 1985) ARIS KARAGIORGOS: 1951, PAO.
    (20 km. Walk 10).
  • 10 titles (1982 – 1995) KOSTAS GEORGAKOPOULOS: 1963 Panellinios A.C..
    (Discus Throw 10).
  • 10 titles (1990 – 2002) KOSTAS KOUKODIMOS: 1969, Archelaos GAC – PAOK – Iraklis AC
    (Long Jump 10).
  • 9 titles (1930 – 1940) CHRIS MANTIKAS: 1902-1960, Panchaikos A.C. – AEK.
    (110m. Hurdles 6 – 400m. Hurdles 3).
  • 9 titles (1931 – 1940) NAPOLEON PAPAGEORGIOU: 1908-2002, Iraklis A.C. – PGSS.
    (Javelin Throw 8 – Decathlon 1).
  • 9 titles (1970 – 1977) VASILIS PAPAGEORGOPOULOS: 1947, MAS Aetos Th.
    (100m. 6 – 200m. 3)
  • 9 titles (1970 – 1979) SPILIOS ZACHAROPOULOS: 1950, PAO.
    (1.500m. 4 – 5.000m. 4 – Steeple 1).
  • 9 titles (1992 – 2002) PANAGIOTIS STROUMPAKOS: 1972, PAO.
    (800m. 8 – 1.500m. 7).
  • 9 titles (1920 – 1931) DIMITRIS KARABATIS: 1898-1964, Panionios GSS.
    (Shot Put 4 – Discus Throw 2 – Discus Greek Style 2 – 400m. 1).
  • 8 titles (1949 – 1952) VASILIS MAVROIDIS: 1928-2002, PAO.
    (800m. 4 – 400m. 2 – 1.500m. 2).
  • 8 titles (1949 – 1954) FOTIS KOSMAS: 1926, Ethnikos Aleksandroupolis.
    (400m. Hurdles 4 – Decathlon 4).
  • 8 titles (1951 – 1960) RIGAS EUSTATHIADIS: 1931, PAO.
    (Pole Vault 7 – Decathlon 1).
  • 8 titles (1953 – 1959) VAGELIS DEPASTAS: 1932-2009, Panionios GSS.
    (800m. 7 – 400m. 1).
  • 8 titles (1958 – 1968) FRAGKISKOS POLITIS: 1941, PAO.
    (Hammer Throw 8).
  • 8 titles (1973 – 1981) GEORGE PARRIS: 1950, Apollon A.C.
    (400m. Hurdles 7 – 400m. 1).
  • 8 titles (1974 – 1984) MICHALIS KOUSIS: 1953, Agrinio G.E.
    (5.000m. 3 – 10.000m. 3 – Marathon 2).
  • 8 titles (1988 – 2000) LAMPROS PAPAKOSTAS: 1969, Aris Th. A.C., OSFP.
    (High Jump 8).
  • 8 titles (1988 – 2000) KONSTANTINOS KENTERIS: 1973, Arion A.C., OSFP.
    (400m. 4 – 100m. 2 – 200m. 2).
  • 8 titles (1994 – 2000) PANAGIOTIS CHARAMIS: 1971, PAOFP , PGS.
    (10.000m. 5 – 5.000m. 3).
  • 7 titles (1905 – 1912) GEORGE BANIKAS: 1888-1956, Panellinios A.C.
    (Pole Vault 7).
  • 7 titles (1908 – 1919) MICHAIL NOMIKOS: 1888-1959, Panellinios A.C.
    (Javelin Throw 7).
  • 7 titles (1929 – 1936) RENOS FRAGOUDAKIS: 1909-1982, PAO.
    (200m. 4 – 100m. 3).
  • 7 titles (1948 – 1955) STEFANOS PETRAKIS: 1924, PAO.
    (200m. 4 – 100m. 3).
  • 7 titles (1952 – 1960) VASILIS SYLLIS: 1929-1993, Pagrati AE.
    (400m. 7).
  • 7 titles (1953 – 1959) DIMITRIS KONSTANTINIDIS: 1931, PAO.
    (1.500m. 7).
  • 7 titles (1959 – 1968) DIMOS MAGLARAS: 1940, OSFP.
    (Long Jump 7).
  • 7 titles (1965 – 1969) DIMITRIS VOUROS: 1939, PAO.
    (Marathon 4 – 10.000m. 3).
  • 7 titles (1987 – 1997) GEORGE PANAGIOTOPOULOS: 1969, Panachaiki G.E.
    (200m. 4 – 400m. 2 – 100m. 1).
  • 7 titles (1970 – 1976) SPIROS KONTOSOROS: 1947, Kerkiraikos A.C.
    (Steeple 5 – 10.000m. 2).
  • 7 titles (1994 – 2004) CHRIS MELETOGLOU: 1972, Piraikos – OSFP.
    (Triple Jump 7).
  • 7 titles (1982 – 1992) DIMITRIS KOUTSOUKIS: 1962, Piraikos.
    (Shot Put 7).
  • 7 titles (1988 – 1997) NIKOLAOS VOUZIS: 1966, PAO.
    (5.000m. 3 – 1.500m. 2 – 800m. 1 – Steeple 1).

Of the 56 athletes mentioned above, George Mesimertzis, Chrisanthos Tsoukalas, Stavros Mermigis, Dimitris Bouros and Nikolaos Vouzis are not Olympians, but they are nevertheless stated here out of respect as many times champions.

 

WOMEN
(PERSONAL TITLES)

 

  • 32 titles (1946 – 1959) FANI ARGIRIOU: 1926, Panionios GSS.
    (Stone Put 7 – Javelin Throw 5 – Pentathlon 5 – High Jump 4 – Long Jump 4 – Discus Throw 4 – 80m. Hurdles 3).
  • 26 titles (1960 – 1971) CHRISOULA SAGAGIANNI: 1944 Aris A.C. Th. – PGSS.
    (Pentathlon 8 – 80/100m. Hurdles 7 – Long Jump 5 – 100m. 2 – 200m. 2 – High Jump 1 – Stone Put 1).
  • 25 titles (1931 – 1948) DOMNITSA LANITOU – KAVOUNIDOU: 1914, AOPF.
    (100m. 8 – 80m. Hurdles 7 – High Jump 6 – Long Jump 4).
  • 18 titles (1932 – 1940) GEORGIA STERGIOU: 1915-1999, 2nd Gymnasium – PGSS.
    (Discus Throw 9 – Javelin Throw 5 – Stone Put 4).
  • 14 titles (1976 – 1983) ALEKSANDRA SIOULI: 1959, PAOK.
    (200m. 8 – 100m. 6).
  • 13 titles (1962 – 1971) HELEN VRETTAKOU: 1943, Piraikos C, PGSS.
    (100m. 3 – 200m. 3 – Pentathlon 3 – 80m. Hurdles 2 – Long Jump 2).
  • 12 titles (1972 – 1983) SOFIA SAKORAFA: 1957, Trikala A.C.
    (Javelin Throw 12).
  • 11 titles (1971 – 1979) MARIA LAMPROU: 1953, Cyprus Olympia A.C.
    (Long Jump 5 – 100m. 2 – Pentathlon 2 – 200m. 1 – 100m. Hurdles 1).
  • 11 titles (1992 – 2000) KATERINA KOFFA: 1969, Panionios GSS
    (200m. 6 – 100m. 5).
  • 11 titles (1994 – 2004) GEORGIA AMPATZIDOU: 1969, ASTS – XANTH – OPTHM – VERGINA.
    (Marathon 7 – 10.000m. 4).
  • 10 titles (1985 – 1998) NIKI MPAKOGIANNI: 1968, Ath. Diakos S.C. – ASE DOUKA.
    (High Jump 10).
  • 10 titles (2002 – 2008) PIGI DEVETZI: 1976, PAO – OSFP.
    (Triple Jump 7 – Long Jump 3).

It is necessary to make a couple of clarifications about the above mentioned sportswomen so that things become clearer for our site’s visitors. Firstly, Fani Argiriou, Charoula Saragianni, Georgia Stergiou, Aleksandra Siouli and Helen Vrettakou did not have the opportunity to compete in Olympic Games, but for reasons of ethics it was deemed necessary that their names are stated above. It was not until 1988 that Greek Sportswomen started competing in the Olympic Games in numbers. Up until then there were the following participations: Domnitsa Lanitou – Kavounidou (1936 – 1948), Maria Lamprou (1976 – 1980), Sofia Sakorafa (1976 – 1980), Anna Verouli (1984 – 1988), Elisabeth Pantazi (1984). We also consider that Georgia Ampatzidou is still competing and may win even more titles in personal events of the National Games. The 80m. hurdles evolved to the 100m. hurdles and as such they are mentioned in uniform. Out of the above mentioned 12 many-title winners, Niki Mpakogianni and Chrisopigi Devetzi have also won a Medal in Olympic Games. There are of course many others, Women Olympic Medalists of Athletics who are not mentioned in the table above, such as Voula Patoulidou, Athanasia Tsoumeleka, Katerina Thanou, Tasoula Kelesidou, Mirela Maniani etc.