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Ilias Iliadis (Greek: Ηλίας Ηλιάδης, born Jarji Zviadauri Georgian: ჯარჯი ზვიადაური, on 10 November 1986) is a Georgian-born (and ethnically Georgian) Greek judoka who has been competing for Greece since the start of his international career.

He won a gold medal in the half-middleweight (81 kg) division at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens at age 17. Illiadis also won a gold medal 6 years later at the 2010 World Championship in Tokyo in the -90kg category.

As Greece's flagbearer, he had the honour of being the first athlete to march into the Bird's Nest Stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Iliadis is a cousin of another Olympic champion, Georgian judoka Zurab Zviadauri. Iliadis's family moved to Greece in the 90's.

Achievements
Year Tournament Venue Place Weight class
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 1st Half middleweight (81 kg)
European Judo Championships Bucharest, Romania 1st Half middleweight (81 kg)
2005 World Judo Championships Cairo, Egypt 2nd Middleweight (90 kg)
Mediterranean Games Almeria, Spain 1st Middleweight (90 kg)
2007 World Judo Championships Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2nd Middleweight (90 kg)
2010 World Judo Championships Tokyo, Japan 1st Middleweight (90 kg)
2011 European Judo Championships Istanbul, Turkey 1st Middleweight (90 kg)
World Judo Championships Paris, France 1st Middleweight (90 kg)

References

Factfile on JudoInside.com
Judo videos of Ilias Iliadis in action (judovision.org)
Database Olympics

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