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.