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Alexandros Papadatos becomes first deaf athlete to win Greek national wrestling championships

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Alexandros Papadatos on the medal stand following his win. Image credit: ΠΑΝΑΘΛΗΤΙΚΟΣ ΟΜΙΛΟΣ ΚΩΦΩΝ – POK ATHENS 97

Yesterday, Alexandros Papadatos (Αλέξανδρος Παπαδάτος) became the first deaf wrestler to win gold at the Greek national championships in the 130kg Greco Roman event. Papadatos  was coached by Nikos Apostle and is currently looking to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics.



He qualified for the nationals after finishing first at a qualifying event in early February in Mikra, Thessaloniki where he also finished first.


Papadatos is an active participant in deaf sport.  In 2013, he competed at the Deaflympics in Sofia where he won silver in the 96 – 120kg Greco Roman wrestling event, and had a fifth place finish in the 96 – 120kg freestyle event.  In the gold medal match, he lost to Bulgarian Ilian Iliev by three points.

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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

1 Comment on Alexandros Papadatos becomes first deaf athlete to win Greek national wrestling championships

  1. rafael pinchas // March 19, 2015 at 12:01 pm // Reply

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