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Voula Patoulidou

Full name: Paraskevi "Voula" Patoulidou (-Zarzavatsidou)
Original name: Παρασκευή "Βούλα" Πατουλίδου
Gender: Female
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: March 29, 1965 in Tripotamo, Florina, Dutiki Makedonia, Greece
Affiliations: Iraklis, Thessaloniki (GRE) / PAOK, Thessaloniki (GRE)
Country: GRE Greece
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Wife of Dimitrios Zarzavatsidis.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Voula Patoulidou is best remembered for her surprise 100 metre hurdles victory at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. After setting a national record 12.88 in the semi, she became the first Greek female athlete ever to reach a track final in the Olympic Games. American [Gail Devers] was favored in the final and led comfortably after nine hurdles, but then hit the last hurdle and stumbled. Taking advantage of that, Patoulidou took gold in a personal best 12.64.

Patoulidou started her athletics career as a long jumper, but switched to sprints and hurdling in 1987. After her Olympic victory, Patoulidou switched back to long jumping, competing in that event throughout most of 1990s, although at the end of her career, she returned to sprinting. Besides her Olympic gold, Patoulidou won 100 m and 100 m hurdles golds at the 1990 Balkan Games, and 100 m gold and 100 m hurdles silver at the 1991 Mediterranean Games. At the Balkan Games she added a long jump gold in 1994, 4x100 relay gold in 2000, 100 m and 100 m hurdles silver in 1992, and long jump bronze in 1989. She was also Greek long jump champion in 1986 and 1994, 100 m champion in 1988-90 and 1992, and 100 m hurdles champion in 1989-90 and 1992.

Patoulidou finished her sporting career as a reserve for the Greek 4x100 m relay team at the 2004 Olympics. After her retirement, she entered politics as a member of party PASOK (Panhellenic Socialist Movement). In 2014, she was elected from the Prefecture of Thessaloniki and later served as the deputy mayor of Thessaloniki.

Personal Bests: 100 – 11.27 (1990); 100H – 12.64 (1992); LJ – 6.93 (1999).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Women's 100 metres Greece GRE 5 h1 r1/4
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Greece GRE 8 h1 r2/3
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Women's 100 metres Hurdles Greece GRE 1 Gold
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Women's Long Jump Greece GRE 10
2000 Summer 35 Sydney Athletics Women's 100 metres Greece GRE 5 h7 r1/4
2000 Summer 35 Sydney Athletics Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay Greece GRE 7 h1 r2/3

Women's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L RT
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Greece Round One Heat One 5 11.85 8
2000 Summer 35 Sydney Athletics Greece Round One Heat Seven 5 11.65 6 0,216

Women's 100 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) L
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Greece Final 1 12.64 5
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Greece Semi-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 12.88 6
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Greece Quarter-Finals Heat Two 3 QU 13.05 4
1992 Summer 27 Barcelona Athletics Greece Round One Heat Five 4 QU 13.14 3

Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Greece GRE Semi-Finals Heat One 8 45.74
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Athletics Greece GRE Round One Heat Two 6 QC 45.44
2000 Summer 35 Sydney Athletics Greece GRE Semi-Finals Heat One 7 43.53 0,446 5
2000 Summer 35 Sydney Athletics Greece GRE Round One Heat One 2 QU 43.46 0,503 6

Women's Long Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD SBMD
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Greece Final Round 10 6.37
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Greece Final Round Round One NP foul
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Greece Final Round Round Two 10 6.26 6.26
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Greece Final Round Round Three 10 6.37 6.37
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Greece Qualifying Round 11 QC 6.58 6.13
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Greece Qualifying Round Group B 2 6.58 6.13
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Greece Qualifying Round Group B Round One 1 6.58
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Greece Qualifying Round Group B Round Two 1 6.09 6.58
1996 Summer 31 Atlanta Athletics Greece Qualifying Round Group B Round Three 7 6.13
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