Nikolaos Kaklamanakis

Nikolaos "Nikos" Kaklamanakis (Greek: Νικόλαος Κακλαμανάκης, born August 19, 1968, in Athens) is the Greek Gold-medal winner who lit the Olympic torch in the opening ceremony of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. He was named one of the 1996 Greek Male Athletes of the Year.

Nikos Kaklamanakis
Personal information
Full nameNikolaos Kaklamanakis
BornAugust 19, 1968 (1968-08-19) (age 54)
Athens, Greece

Kaklamanakis participated in five consecutive Olympic Games from 1992 to 2008, reaching the medal race in all five of them.[1] He won the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, while he was ninth in Barcelona (1992), sixth in Sydney (2000) and eighth in Beijing (2008).


One of the most popular athletes in Greece, Nikolaos Kaklamanakis is a three-time Mistral class windsurfing world champion and a gold medalist at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Sailing. He won silver in the event at the 2003 World Championships in Cádiz, Spain, behind Przemek Miarczynski of Poland. In the 2000 Summer Olympics he took the 6th place, while in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Kaklamanakis took the silver medal behind Gal Fridman of Israel. Four years later, in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games he finished 8th in the RS:X Men Sailing Race.

Selected achievementsEdit

Medal Event Year
Gold European Championship (Mistral) 1994
Silver IMCO World Championship 1995
Gold Australasian Championship (Mistral) 1995
Gold IMCO World Championship 1996
Gold Atlanta Olympics 1996
Gold Athens EUROLYMP 1998
Gold Mistral World Championship 2000
Bronze International ASA Windsurfing Championship 2001
Gold Mistral World Championship 2001
Silver ISAF World Championship 2003
Silver Athens Olympics 2004


  1. ^ "Ο Νίκος Κακλαμανάκης καταγγέλλει: «Τέσσερις από τις έξι συμμετοχές μου στους Ολυμπιακούς διώκονται". 2021-08-13.

External linksEdit

Olympic Games
Preceded by Final Olympic torchbearer
Athens 2004
Succeeded by
Preceded by Final Summer Olympic torchbearer
Athens 2004
Succeeded by
Preceded by Flagbearer for   Greece
Sydney 2000
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