(Greece) – Spiros Gianniotis, a swimmer represented Greece in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, won the silver medal in the 10 kilometer marathon swim event. The 10k marathon swim takes place in open water, but the course at these games was carefully mapped out in order to be as fair as possible. The race was close, and Giannotis missed out on the gold only by a few milliseconds. Ferry Weertman of the Netherlands won the gold medal and Marc-Antoine Olivier from France won the bronze medal.
Since the race was so close, the conclusion of the race was fairly dramatic and came down to a photo finish. Initially, both Ferry Weertman and Gianniotis were credited with the same time, which means there would have been a tie for the gold medal. At first glance, it looked as if Gianniotis crossed the finish line first. However, Weertman beat him by just milliseconds because he managed to touch the timing pad first. The Greek Olympic Team made an appeal, asking that Weertman and Gianniotis share the gold medal. However, this was rejected since Weertman touched first.
Spiros Giannoti has an English mother, who is from Liverpool, and a Greek father, who is from Corfu. Although he was born in Liverpool and lived there until he was three years old, he spend most of his life living in Greece and has been part of the Greek Swimming Federation for several years. As a 35- year old veteran swimmer, he has enjoyed multiple successes throughout his career. Besides winning the silver medal at the Rio Olympics, he has also won two FINA World Championship titles and has also participated in the 2000, 2004, and 2008 Olympic games. However, this is his first Olympic medal.
This is Greece’s first silver medal of the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio. Total, Greece has two gold medals, 1 silver medal, and 1 bronze medal. The other medals belong to Anna Korakaki who won a gold medal and a bronze medal in two shooting events and to Eleftherios Petrounias, who won the gold medal in the men’s rins.