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Vasilis Papageorgopoulos (Greek: Βασίλης Παπαγεωργόπουλος, born June 27, 1947 in Thessaloniki) is a retired Greek sprinter, former mayor of Thessaloniki. He won two medals at the European Indoor Championships as well as the bronze medal in 100 metres at the 1971 European Championships in Athletics.

Papageorgopoulos' personal best time was 10.22 seconds, achieved in August 1972 in Izmir. This ranks him twelfth among Greek 100 metre sprinters, behind Angelos Pavlakakis, Aristotelis Gavelas, Christoforos Choidis, Alexandros Yenovelis, Haralambos Papadias, Konstantinos Kenteris, Alexis Alexopoulos, Panayotis Sarris, Georgios Theodoridis, Yeoryios Panayiotopoulos and Alexandros Terzian.[1]

Papageorgopoulos first got involved in politics in 1978 when he was elected City councilor of Thessaloniki. He practiced dentistry until 1981, when he was elected as a member of the Greek Parliament, representing Thessaloniki, for the Conservative New Democracy party . Papageorgopoulos has been, since 1 January 1999, the mayor of Thessaloniki.

Papageorgopoulos also studied medicine. That is why most Thessalonians call him "The flying doctor"

He is currently under investigation for allegations of misuse of public funds (Aggelioforos newspaper, 13 March 2010)

Achievements
Year Tournament Venue Result Event
1971 European Indoor Championships Sofia, Bulgaria 5th 60 metres[2]
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 100 metres
Mediterranean Games İzmir, Turkey 1st 100 metres
1972 European Indoor Championships Grenoble, France 3rd 50 metres
1974 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 8th 60 metres[3]
1975 Mediterranean Games Algiers, Algeria 2nd 100 metres
1976 European Indoor Championships Munich, West Germany 2nd 60 metres

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^ All time best Balkan athletes - The Athletics Site
^ 1971 European Indoor Championships, men's 60 m final - Die Leichtatletik-Statistik-Seite
^ 1974 European Indoor Championships, men's 60 m final - Die Leichtatletik-Statistik-Seite

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