Greece is continuing to triumph at the Rio Paralympics. Within just a few hours two gold medals were won lifting the Greek tally to 11 medals at the Paralympics: Powerlifting champ Pavlos Mamalos won gold and Che Jon Fernandes also won gold in the F53 shot put category.
Mamalos won his third gold and the 10th medal for Greece by breaking his personal record and lifting 238 kilos before heading to break another record at 243.5 kg but without success. Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras sent messages of congratulations to Mamalos. “Your golden success today in the Paralympic Games in Rio and your enviable athletic career since the previous Paralympic Games prove that the strength of your body and your spirit will always lead you to the top. We are proud of you!” said Pavlopoulos in a Telegram.
Tsipras preferred Twitter:
“P. Mamalos grants Greece a 3rd gold medal and, following last night’s success by T. Konstantinidis, the 10th in total. “Congratulations!”
No sooner did the two leaders send out their messages of support for Mamalos that Fernandes gave Greece its 11th medal also winning his 4th at the Rio Paralympics with a shot put throw at 8.44 meters.