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PETROUNIAS Eleftherios (GRE)

Identity

Title
Mr
Gender
male
Lastname
PETROUNIAS
Firstname
Eleftherios
Country
Greece
City
NEA SMIRNI
Country of birth
Greece
Place of birth
ATHINA
Year of birth
1990
Height
165 cm / 5' 5''
Weight
62 kg / 137 lb
Discipline(s)
Men's Artistic Gymnastics
Facebook account
Instagram account
Twitter account
Facebook page
Website / fan page

Hobbies

Parkour. (protothema.gr, 06 Apr 2015)

Occupation

Athlete, Student

Education

Communications, Marketing - Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece

Spoken languages

English, Greek

Coach

Dimitris Raftis [national], GRE (gymnovosti.com, 18 Aug 2018)

Injuries

A persistent shoulder injury forced him to withdraw from the 2018 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. (gymnovosti.com, 14 Oct 2018)

He has two screws in one of his fingers and has had two hernia operations during his competitive career. (lifo.gr, 24 Apr 2015)

Start sporting career

He took up gymnastics at age five at the Panionios Gymnastics Club in Greece. (lifo.gr, 24 Apr 2015; protothema.gr, 06 Apr 2015)

Reason for taking up the sport

A teacher encouraged his mother to enrol him in the sport to deal with his hyperactivity. "Since I had a lot of energy, I was very lively and had a tendency to climb everywhere." (protothema.gr, 06 Apr 2015)

Ambitions

To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (agonasport.com, 20 Dec 2016)

Most memorable sporting achievement

Winning gold on rings at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (epetrounias.com, 24 Apr 2017)

Philosophy / Motto

"Training is above all else centred on the brain." (gymnovosti.com, 18 Aug 2018)

Awards

He was named the Greek Sportsman of the Year in 2015, 2016 and 2017 by the Panhellenic Association of Sports Press. (ego-gymnastics.gr, 22 Dec 2017; agonasport.com, 20 Dec 2016; gymnastics.gr, 22 Dec 2015)

In April 2016 he carried the Olympic torch in Greece during the first stage of the relay for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (olympics.nbcsports.com, 11 Apr 2016)

Additional information

General
PASSION FOR GREEK YOUTH
He has a desire to help young Greeks get into gymnastics. "The first thing I am planning, and I am planning it already and it should be ready in September [2018], is a gymnastics club, a really nice one. I don't want it to be like the other clubs in Greece, I want it to be perfect. I want to find a way to make it easier for kids in Greece to do gymnastics because the clubs here are not very high-tech. I want good coaches, good equipment, a good culture, everything." But he will not restrict his efforts to gymnastics. "One big thought is to do something to help all sports in Greece, not gymnastics only. I don't yet have my plan for that, but something like a village for all sports, a centre of excellence with really high-tech gym halls for every Olympic sport. The best coaches in Greece in every sport in one place. I know it is really difficult to create this, especially in Greece, but I am a dreamer, that's me. I will keep dreaming until I have the results I want, just like I have done in gymnastics." (fig-gymnastics.com, 02 Jul 2018)

ANTI-BULLYING
He was bullied about his size when he was a child. "A lot of kids would make fun of me because I was short. Other kids could have fallen down with this and never got up, but I would just do a salto [somersault] and ask them, 'Can you do that?' and then say, 'I can because I am short'. It was never a problem for me but I can understand that for a lot of kids it could be really tough. So, I am always trying to be at the front of the anti-bullying campaigns in Greece." (fig-gymnastics.com, 02 Jul 2018)

EMOTIONAL WIN
His victory on the rings at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, came shortly after the death of his father. "Everything I do now, I do for my father. I'm sure he's proud of me." (thehardwaytosuccess.nl, 26 Oct 2015)

TIME OUT OF THE SPORT
He began gymnastics at age five and says it took over his life. But at age 14, he took a break from the sport for three years. "For many years I was trying to be a good athlete and a good student. I was tired, my body was tired, my elbows were in trouble and I told my mother I wanted to stop. I wanted to see my friends and live like them. Be crazy, ride motorbikes, party, meet girls and have fun. For the next few years, I was just another teenager. One morning [at age 17] I thought about returning to the gym. When I went on the rings, my body remembered and began to operate as if it had never stopped. I was refreshed, stronger." (protothema.gr, 06 Apr 2015; lifo.gr, 24 Apr 2014)

Last update : 2018-10-17

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
82
Score Qualif.
15.833 
Still Rings
Rank Final
1
Score Final
16.000
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
15.833
All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
98
Score Qualif.
15.900 
Still Rings
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.833
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.900
All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
226
Score Qualif.
27.299 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
165
Score Qualif.
12.033
Still Rings
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.366
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.266
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
26
Score Qualif.
231.518
All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
167
Score Qualif.
15.400 
Still Rings
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.433
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.400
All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
245
Score Qualif.
42.199 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
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56
Score Qualif.
14.233
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
192
Score Qualif.
12.066
Still Rings
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.800
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.900
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
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20
Score Qualif.
333.993
All-Around
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-
Score Final
-
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206
Score Qualif.
57.999 
Floor Exercise
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-
Score Final
-
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71
Score Qualif.
14.500
Pommel Horse
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-
Score Final
-
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108
Score Qualif.
13.366
Still Rings
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6
Score Final
15.400
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
15.733
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
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22
Score Qualif.
330.635
All-Around
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197
Score Qualif.
15.466 
Still Rings
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9
Score Qualif.
15.466
All-Around
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206
Score Qualif.
15.075 
Still Rings
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-
Score Final
-
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13
Score Qualif.
15.075
Still Rings
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.333
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.400
Still Rings
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.500
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.450
Still Rings
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.466
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.333
Still Rings
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.875
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.700
Still Rings
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.550
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.575
Still Rings
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2
Score Final
15.650
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
15.566
All-Around
Rank Final
113
Score Final
28.466 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Floor Exercise
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-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
37
Score Qualif.
13.333
Still Rings
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1
Score Final
15.466
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.133
Still Rings
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1
Score Final
15.433
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.366
All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
133
Score Qualif.
15.700 
Still Rings
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.866
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.700
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
247.877
All-Around
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Score Final
-
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125
Score Qualif.
16.000 
Still Rings
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1
Score Final
15.866
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1
Score Qualif.
16.000
All-Around
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-
Score Final
-
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68
Score Qualif.
56.432 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
39
Score Qualif.
14.033
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
48
Score Qualif.
12.933
Still Rings
Rank Final
5
Score Final
15.600
Rank Qualif.
4
Score Qualif.
15.566
Vault
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
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51
Score Qualif.
13.900
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
245.111
All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
114
Score Qualif.
15.625 
Still Rings
Rank Final
5
Score Final
15.400
Rank Qualif.
2
Score Qualif.
15.625
All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
30
Score Qualif.
81.465 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
37
Score Qualif.
13.966
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
48
Score Qualif.
12.700
Still Rings
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.633
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.733
Parallel Bars
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
71
Score Qualif.
12.633
Horizontal Bar
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
73
Score Qualif.
12.133
Team
Rank Final
10
Score Final
168.461
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-
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