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Spyros Gianniotis

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Spyridon Gianniotis' silver medal performance in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim was nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the category of the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year
Spyridon Gianniotis
Medalists Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece (left), Jack Burnell of Great Britain (middle), and Simone Ruffini of Italy (right) after the 2015 FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup race held in Balatonfüred, Hungary
Spyridon Gianniotis competing in the 2015 FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup race held in Balatonfüred, Hungary
Spyridon Gianniotis, Greek open water swimmer together with Thomas Lurz of Germany and Chad Ho of South Africa
Spyridon Gianniotis, Greek open water swimmer
Kelly Araouzou, Antonios Fokaidis and Spyros Gianniotis, silver medalists in the 5 km team pursuit at the 2014 LEN European Swimming Championships

Spyridon ("Spyros") Gianniotis (Greek: Σπυρίδων "Σπύρος" Γιαννιώτης; born 19 February 1980 in Liverpool, England) is a 41-year-old distance freestyle specialist from Greece. He won three individual medals at the 2005 Mediterranean Games, and represented his native country at five consecutive Summer Olympics in 2000 (Sydney), 2004 (Athens), 2008 (Beijing), 2012 (London) and 2016 (Rio de Janeiro), winning the silver medal on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro at the age of 36.

He was one of the fastest marathon swimmers in the world and finished fourth in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the 2012 London Olympics. He subsequently won the 2012 FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup pro circuit as well as the 10 km marathon swim at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain on 22 July 2013 and qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games 10 km marathon swim by placing third at the 2015 FINA World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

He is the patron of The Authentic Marathon Swim Skyllias & Hydna in Greece.

Honors

2013 FINA World Champion

2016 Rio Olympics Prelude

Results

He has won 32 gold medals in national championships in individual events (15 in 1500m freestyle, 10 in 400m freestyle, 7 in 800m freestyle).

Olympic Games

World Championships

European Championships

  • Gold 2008 Dubrovnik 5 km individual
  • Gold 2010 Budapest/Balaton 5 km team
  • Silver 2014 Berlin 5 km team with Antonis Fokaidis and Kelly Araouzou
  • Bronze 2010 Budapest/Balaton 5 km individual
  • Bronze 2002 Berlin 4×200 m freestyle

Mediterranean Games

  • Gold 2001 Tunis 1500 m freestyle
  • Gold 2001 Tunis 4x200 freestyle
  • Silver 2001 Tunis 400 m freestyle
  • Silver 2005 Almería 400 m freestyle
  • Silver 2005 Almería 1500 m freestyle
  • Bronze 2005 Almería 800 m freestyle
  • Greek record set in 2006 in Budapest in 3:48.67

Videos and Interviews

2008 Beijing Olympic Games Men's Results

Gold: Maarten van der Weijden (Netherlands) 1:51:51.6
Silver: David Davies (Great Britain) 1:51:53.1
Bronze: Thomas Lurz (Germany) 1:51:53.6
4. Valerio Cleri (Italy) 1:52:07.5
5. Evgeny Drattsev (Russia) 1:52:08.9
6. Petar Stoychev (Bulgaria) 1:52:09.1
7. Brian Ryckeman (Belgium) 1:52:10.7
8. Mark Warkentin (United States) 1:52:13.0
9. Chad Ho (South Africa) 1:52:13.1
10. Erwin Leon Maldonado Savera (Venezuela) 1:52:13.6
11. Ky Hurst (Australia) 1:52:13.7
12. Igor Chervynskiy (Ukraine) 1:52:14.7
13. Francisco Jose Hervas (Spain) 1:52:16.
14. Allan do Carmo (Brazil) 1:52:16.6
15. Gilles Rondy (France) 1:52:16.7
16. Spyridon Gianniotis (Greece) 1:52:20.4
17. Rostislav Vitek (Czech Republic) 1:52:41.8
18. Luis Escobar (Mexico) 1:53:47.9
19. Saleh Mohammad (Syria) 1:54:37.7
20. Mohamed Elzanaty (Egypt) 1:55:17.0
21. Damian Blaum (Argentina) 1:55:48.6
22. Arseniy Lavrentyev (Portugal) 2:03:39.6
23. Xin Tong (China 2:09:13.4
Csaba Gercsak (Hungary) DNF
Vladimir Dyatchin (Russia) DSQ

2012 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Results

1. Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia - 1:49:55.1
2. Thomas Lurz of Germany - 1:49:58.5
3. Richard Weinberger of Canada - 1:50:00.3
4. Spyridon Gianniotis of Greece - 1:50:05.3
5. Daniel Fogg of Great Britain - 1:50:37.3
6. Sergey Bolshakov of Russia - 1:50:40.1
7. Vladimir Dyatchin of Russia - 1:50:42.8
8. Andreas Waschburger of Germany - 1:50:44.4
9. Petar Stoychev of Bulgaria - 1:50:46.2
10. Alex Meyer of the USA - 1:50:48.2
11. Julien Sauvage of France - 1:50:51.3
12. Troyden Prinsloo of South Africa - 1:50:52.9
13. Erwin Maldonado of Venezuela - 1:50:52.9
14. Igor Chervynskiy of Ukraine - 1:50:56.9
15. Yasunari Hirai of Japan - 1:51:20.1
16. Brian Ryckeman of Belgium - 1:51:27.1
17. Valerio Cleri of Italy - 1:51:29.5
18. Csaba Gercsak of Hungary - 1:51:30.9
19. Arseniy Lavrentyev of Portugal - 1:51:37.2
20. Ky Hurst of Australia - 1:51:41.3
21. Ivan Enderica Ochoa of Ecuador - 1:52:28.6
22. Yuriy Kudinov of Kazakhstan - 1:52:59.0
23. Francisco Jose Hervas of Spain - 1:53:27.8
24. Mazen Aziz Metwaly of Egypt - 1:54:33.2
25. Benjamin Schulte of Guam - 2:03:35.1

2016 Olympic 10K Marathon Swim Results

1. Ferry Weertman, NED 1:52:59.8
2. Spyridon Gianniotis, GRE 1:52:59.8
3. Marc-Antoine Daniel Frede Olivier, FRA 1:53:02.0
4. Lijun Zu, CHN 1:53:02.0
5. Jordan Wilimovsky, USA 1:53:03.2
6. Simone Ruffini, ITA 1:53:03.5
7. Federico Vanelli, ITA 1:53:03.9
8. Yasunari Hirai, JPN 1:53:04.6
9. Christian Reichert, GER 1:53:04.7
10. Chad Ho, RSA 1:53:04.8
11. Evgenii Drattcev, RUS 1:53:04.8
12. Ous Mellouli, TUN 1:53:06.1
13. Mark Papp, HUN 1:53:11.7
14. Ventsislav Aydaski, BUL 1:53:16.1
15. Ivan Enderica Ochoa, ECU 1:53:16.2
16. Richard Weinberger, CAN 1:53:16.4
17. Allan Do Carmo, BRA 1:53:16.4
18. Kane Rae Francis Radford, NZL 1:53:18.7
19. Richard Nagy, SVK 1:53:35.4
20. Jarrod Poort, AUS 1:53:40.7
21. Erwin Maldonado, VEN 1:54:33.6
22. Marwan Ahmed Aly Morsy Elamrawy, EGY 1:59:17.2
DSQ Sean Ryan, USA
DSQ Vitaliy Khudyakov, KAZ (Asia)
DSQ Jack Burnell, GBR

The Santorini Experience

He participated in the Santorini Experience with Kelly Araouzou.

2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year nomination

His silver medal performance in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro was nominated for the 2016 WOWSA Awards, a recognition of outstanding men, women, performances and offerings around the globe sponsored by the World Open Water Swimming Association in the category of the World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year. His nomination reads:

Spyridon Gianniotis participated in five consecutive Olympic Games: Sydney, Athens, Beijing, London and Rio. Four times, the 36-year-old Greek distance freestyler qualified for the finals, finishing fourth in 2004 and 2012, but he never quite made it onto the podium. He kept on training and always envisioned an Olympic medal hanging around his neck. Long, lonely, grueling workouts led him to win 7 medals at the World Championships, but the Olympic medal eluded him until he swam the race of his life in Copacabana Beach. As he reeled in the leader, willing the chase pack forward with every fiber in his body, he sprinted to the finish as the oldest man in the field. For never giving up on his dreams, for working hard every day and wholeheartedly committing to his goals, for giving hope to other Greek swimmers and being their inspirational leader for decades, Spyridon Gianniotis' Olympic 10K Marathon Swim is a worthy nominee for the 2016 World Open Water Swimming Performance of the Year.

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