Ilias Iliadis

Ilias Iliadis (Greek: Ηλίας Ηλιάδης, born Jarji Zviadauri, Georgian: ჯარჯი ზვიადაური, on 10 November 1986) is a Georgian–Greek judoka who has been competing for Greece since the start of his international career.

Ilias Iliadis
2008 Summer Olympics - Opening Ceremony - Ilias Iliadis (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Birth nameJarji Zviadauri
Born10 November 1986 (1986-11-10) (age 33)
Akhmeta, Kakheti, Georgian SSR, USSR (modern Georgia)

He won a gold medal in the half-middleweight (81 kg) division at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens at age 17. Illiadis also won a gold medal 6 years later at the 2010 World Judo Championships in Tokyo in the −90 kg category.

As Greece's flagbearer, he had the honour of being the first athlete to march into the Bird's Nest Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Iliadis is a cousin of another Olympic champion, Georgian judoka Zurab Zviadauri, who also won gold at the 2004 Summer Olympic games. Iliadis's family moved to Greece in 2003. He was adopted by Nikos Iliadis.


Year Tournament Venue Place Weight class
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 1st Half middleweight (81 kg)
European Judo Championships Bucharest, Romania 1st Half middleweight (81 kg)
2005 World Judo Championships Cairo, Egypt 2nd Middleweight (90 kg)
Mediterranean Games Almeria, Spain 1st Middleweight (90 kg)
2007 World Judo Championships Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2nd Middleweight (90 kg)
2009 Mediterranean Games Pescara, Italy 1st Middleweight (90 kg)
2010 World Judo Championships Tokyo, Japan 1st Middleweight (90 kg)
European Judo Championships Vienna, Austria 3rd Middleweight (90 kg)
2011 European Judo Championships Istanbul, Turkey 1st Middleweight (90 kg)
World Judo Championships Paris, France 1st Middleweight (90 kg)
2012 Olympic Games London, England 3rd Middleweight (90 kg)
2013 World Judo Championships Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 3rd Middleweight (90 kg)
2014 World Judo Championships Chelyabinsk, Russia 1st Middleweight (90 kg)
2015 European Games Baku, Azerbaijan 3rd Middleweight (90 kg)
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro 17th Middleweight (90 kg)

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Olympic Games
Preceded by
Pyrros Dimas
Flagbearer for   Greece
Beijing 2008
Succeeded by
Alexandros Nikolaidis