PETROUNIAS Eleftherios
Greece
GRE
Title
Mr
Lastname
PETROUNIAS
Firstname
Eleftherios
Gender
male
Height
165 cm / 5' 5''
Country
Greece
Place of birth
ATHINA
Year of birth
1990 (28 y.o.)
Discipline(s)
Men's Artistic Gymnastics
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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 initially forced him to withdraw from the 2018 World Championships in Doha, Qatar. However, he later reversed his decision and decided to compete. He won a gold medal on rings before having surgery on his shoulder after the championships. (fig-gymnastics.com, 02 Nov 2018; 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 : 2018-11-26

Olympic Games

2016 - Games of the XXXI Olympiad RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA)

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
Test Events Olympic Games

2016 - Aquece Rio Final Gymnastics Qualifier (Test Event) RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA)

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
World Championships

2018 - 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships DOHA (QAT)

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

2017 - 47th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships MONTREAL (CAN)

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

2015 - 46th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships GLASGOW (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
245
Score Qualif.
42.199 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
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
-
Rank Qualif.
20
Score Qualif.
333.993

2014 - 45th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships NANNING (CHN)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
206
Score Qualif.
57.999 
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
71
Score Qualif.
14.500
Pommel Horse
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
108
Score Qualif.
13.366
Still Rings
Rank Final
6
Score Final
15.400
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
15.733
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
22
Score Qualif.
330.635

2013 - 44th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships ANTWERP (BEL)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
197
Score Qualif.
15.466 
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
9
Score Qualif.
15.466

2009 - 41st FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships LONDON (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
206
Score Qualif.
15.075 
Still Rings
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
13
Score Qualif.
15.075
World / Challenge Cup

2018 - FIG World Cup 2018 BAKU (AZE)

Still Rings
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.333
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.400

2017 - FIG World Challenge Cup - 20th Internationaux de France 2017 PARIS (FRA)

Still Rings
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.500
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.450

2017 - FIG World Cup 2017 AGF Trophy BAKU (AZE)

Still Rings
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.466
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.333

2016 - 9th World Challenge Cup 2016 DOHA (QAT)

Still Rings
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.875
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.700

2015 - 39th Turnier der Meister World Challenge Cup 2015 COTTBUS (GER)

Still Rings
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.550
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.575

2014 - 38th Turnier Der Meister World Challenge Cup 2014 COTTBUS (GER)

Still Rings
Rank Final
2
Score Final
15.650
Rank Qualif.
3
Score Qualif.
15.566
Continental Championships

2018 - 33rd Men's Artistic European Championships GLASGOW (GBR)

All-Around
Rank Final
113
Score Final
28.466 
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-
Floor Exercise
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
37
Score Qualif.
13.333
Still Rings
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.466
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.133

2017 - 7th European Individual Championships 2017 CLUJ NAPOCA (ROU)

Still Rings
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.433
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
15.366

2016 - 32nd European Championships 2016 BERN (SUI)

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

2015 - 6th European Individual Championships 2015 MONTPELLIER (FRA)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
125
Score Qualif.
16.000 
Still Rings
Rank Final
1
Score Final
15.866
Rank Qualif.
1
Score Qualif.
16.000

2014 - European Championships 2014 SOFIA (BUL)

All-Around
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
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
-
Rank Qualif.
51
Score Qualif.
13.900
Team
Rank Final
-
Score Final
-
Rank Qualif.
14
Score Qualif.
245.111

2013 - 5th European individual Championships 2013 MOSCOW (RUS)

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
Multisport Events / Games

2015 - 1st European Games Baku 2015 BAKU (AZE)

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
Rank Qualif.
-
Score Qualif.
-

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