Eleftherios Petrounias’ story

On arrival in Glasgow we heard the medal contender wouldn’t be able to compete. Happily he did earning direct qualification to Rio.


– How did you decide to be coached by Dimitris Raftis?

I decided to choose Mr. Raftis because when I asked his opinion about our other coaches, he was the only coach who had something good to say about everyone. …

He worked hard with the successful coach Dimitris Raftis and 2015 turned out to be a golden year for our champion. The 25-years-old earned 10 first place finishes in 11 appearances until he got on the podium for the world finals.

However, on the other hand, he was facing obstacles throughout the entire year: bad training conditions in a cold gym, old equipment, financial problems and then, just weeks before the beginning of the world championships, the death of his beloved father.

– Out of all the hardships of the year, which one was the worse?

– My father’s death. It was very hard for me to return to the gym.

– You had a problem with your hand before the worlds qualifications.

– I was scared for my health. A virus entered my wound and it got into the tendon of my wrist. I’m still on antibiotics. At Sunday, right before the qualifications, I couldn’t even wear my grips. Then, my doctor, Odisseas Paxinos and my coach became… psychologists and managed to make me forget the pain. …

– What were the first feelings you had when you earned the gold medal?

– Joy, sadness because I couldn’t share it with my father, excitement but also puzzlement. I asked my self “so, that’s it?” …

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Rings: Liu Yang & You Hao

My favourite routines at Glasgow Worlds. These “butterfly” pull-ups are impossible. :-)

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Thanks Ono.

Horton – layout double double

Don’t count Jon Horton out of Rio. If the USA can select 3 solid Pommel routines, Jon could be a good fit. Still improving.

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Time to step up the game. #ineverquit #roadtorio

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Eleftherios Petrounias – Rings

Petrounias celebrated his win by dedicating his gold medal to his father, who passed away a few weeks ago. The Greek athlete overcame his rivals with a 15,800 score. His success in Glasgow means that he secured a place in the upcoming Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. …

Greek Reporter

Not as good as his #1 qualifying routine, but the judges felt this was enough to put him ahead of the rest of the excellent field. Rings was the most competitive Final day 1, I felt.

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World Rings Champion Petrounias


1. Petrounias, Eleftherios GRE (6.8 + 9.000 = 15.800) … to Rio!
2. You Hou CHN (7.0 + 8.733 = 15.733)
3. Liu Yang (6.9 + 8.800 = 15.700)

full results

Great final. But only 2 stuck dismounts, I believe.

I do like the final ranking. (The only prediction I’ve got correct, so far.) But all these guys are super human. It’s not easy to rank them.

Happy Gymnastics Halloween


Daniel Purvis dissects Rings

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Dan Purvis