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Theodosios Balafas

Full name: Theodosios Balafas
Original name: Θεοδόσιος Μπαλάφας
Nickname(s): Saki
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (175 cm)
Born: August 27, 1923 in Karditsa, Thessalia, Greece
Died: April 6, 2015 in West Kendall, Florida, United States
Affiliations: Panellinios GS, Athina (GRE)
Country: GRE Greece
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Saki Balafas was a pole vaulter at the 1948 and 1952 Olympics but is far better known later in his life for his involvement in tennis. While in the Greek military, Saki, who lost both of his parents before he was 20, joined Panellinios Gymnastikos Syllogos (PGS). He was invited by coaches at UCLA to come to Los Angeles so they could learn from his training techniques, which they had admired. Balafas stopped in Miami, Florida on the trip, however, and never really left that city. He settled in West Kendall, Florida, near Miami, and became a tennis coach at the local public courts at Moore Park. Balafas coached until he turned 90, mentoring many young men and women who earned tennis college scholarships and often became teaching pros themselves.

Personal Best\: PV – 4.10 (1952).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 24 London Athletics Men's Pole Vault Greece GRE 14T QR
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Athletics Men's Pole Vault Greece GRE 17

Men's Pole Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank H BHC MBHC TMBHC TABHC C/F/P
1948 Summer 24 London Athletics Greece Qualifying Round 14T 3.80
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Athletics Greece Final Round 17 3.80 0 0 2
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Athletics Greece Final Round 3.60 metres 1T o 0 0 1 3.60
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Athletics Greece Final Round 3.80 metres 10 o 0 0 2 3.80
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Athletics Greece Final Round 3.95 metres 16 xxx 0 0 2 3.80
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Athletics Greece Qualifying Round 16T QU 4.00 1 1 5
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Athletics Greece Qualifying Round Group A 6T 4.00 1 1 5
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Athletics Greece Qualifying Round Group A 3.60 metres 1T 3.60 0 0 1 o
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Athletics Greece Qualifying Round Group A 3.80 metres 4T 3.80 0 0 2 o
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Athletics Greece Qualifying Round Group A 3.90 metres 2T 3.90 0 0 3 o
1952 Summer 28 Helsinki Athletics Greece Qualifying Round Group A 4.00 metres 6T 4.00 1 1 5 xo
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