Valerios Leonidis

Valerios Leonidis (Greek: Βαλέριος Λεωνίδης; born February 14, 1966) is a Greek former weightlifter and current weightlifting trainer. He has won one Olympic silver medal, two silver and one bronze World Championship medals.[1] He has competed in different weight classes from 60 kg to 69 kg. His rivalry with world-record holder Naim Süleymanoğlu in the men's 64 kg was a very popular part of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, in which he won the silver medal.

Valerios Leonidis
Personal information
Birth nameValery Leonov
NationalityGreek
Born (1966-02-14) February 14, 1966 (age 55)
Yessentuki, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5+12 in)
Sport
CountryGreece
SportWeightlifting
Medal record
Men's weightlifting
Representing  Greece
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1996 Atlanta -64 kg
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1994 Istanbul -64 kg
Silver medal – second place 1995 Guangzhou -64 kg
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Athens -69 kg
European Championships
Silver medal – second place 1993 Sofia -64 kg
Silver medal – second place 1994 Sokolov -64 kg
Silver medal – second place 1995 Warsaw -64 kg
Gold medal – first place 1996 Stavanger -64 kg
Bronze medal – third place 1999 A Coruña -69 kg
Representing  Soviet Union
USSR Weightlifting Championships
Gold medal – first place 1986 Moscow -64 kg
Gold medal – first place 1991 Donetsk -64 kg
Summer Spartakiad of the USSR
Gold medal – first place 1986 Moscow -64 kg
Gold medal – first place 1991 Donetsk -64 kg

Leonidis was born in Yessentuki, Russia, to a Pontic Greek family. He was a member of the national weightlifting team of the Soviet Union from 1982 to 1990 and he moved to Greece in 1991.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Valerios Leonidis, Top Olympic Lifters of the 20th Century @ Lift Up". chidlovski.net. 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2011.

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