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4/8/2019Greece defeats Serbia 54-44 at the final of the 9th European Basketball Championships C – ECMC (Division C) winning gold in Sofia, Bulgaria.
4/8/2015Stefanos Dimitriadis of Greece breaks the national record on the 200m butterfly with 1:56.23 at the quaslificationrace of the World Swimming Championships in Kazan. The previous record of 1:56.47 was held by Giannis Drymonakos since 25/3/2007.
4/8/2012World champions in 2009 and 2011 Alexandra Tsiavou and Christina Giazitzidou win the bronze medal in the Women's Lightweight Double Sculls at the London Olympic Games with 7:12.09. It is the second medal for Greece in London and the first Olympic medal in women’s rowing for Greece. Copeland Katherine and Hosking Sophie of the UK win the gold medal with 7:09.30 and Xu Dongxiang and Huang Wenyi of China the silver with 7:11.93.
4/8/2012Erick Barrondo makes history at the London 2012 Olympic Games, as he wins Guatemala’s first-ever Olympic medal after claiming silver in the men’s 20km walk with 1:18:57 behind China's Chen Ding (1:18:46 OR)
4/8/2012The 25-year-old South African double amputee Oscar Pistorius, known as “Blade Runner” or "the fastest man on no legs", becomes the first athlete with artificial limbs to compete at Olympic Games (instead of Paralympic Games) and is qualified to run the 400m semifinal after finishing second at the first heat of Round 1 at the London Olympic Games
4/8/2011Veteran volleybal player of Panathinaikos Dimitris Gontikas is elected new president of the football team. Nikos Hatzinikolaou is vice president while Giorgos Spiliotopoulos and Leonidas Polemis, replacing his father Adamantios, are the other two members of the governing committee.
4/8/200823-year-old English motorcycle racer Craig Jones dies as a result of head injuries sustained in a fall and subsequent collision during the Brands Hatch round of the 2008 Supersport World Championship season
4/8/2004BBC broadcasts the television program “Panorama” during which Ivan Slavkov, president of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee, being filmed secretly, discusses how the votes of other IOC members can be “bought” in order to bring the 2012 Olympic Games to London. Jacques Rogge will suspend him from IOC three days later
4/8/2004Demis Nikolaidis, at the age of 31 years, takes on the presidency of AEK FC becoming the 18th president of the team in the professional football and 40th in the team's history since 1924. He is the second player who holds this position after Lakis Nikolaou.
4/8/2002Sofia Bekatorou and Emilia Tsoulfa win the gold medal in their category (470) at the European Sailing Championship held in Tallinn, Estonia
4/8/2002The national cadet basketball team of Greece beats Spain with 77-73 and wins the European Championship, which takes place in Lithuania. Nikos Keramefs is the coach of the greek team and Christos Tapoutos and Vassilis Spanoulis score 24 and 21 points respectively
4/8/2001The 8th World Athletics Championships open in Edmonton, Canada. 1.700 athletes from 200 countries take part. Costas Kenteris win the 200m race, Mirella Tzelili wins the silver medal in javelin, Katerina Thanou and Costas Gatsioudis the bronze in 100m and javelin respectively. Zhanna Pintusevich overcomes Marion Jones in 100m (Jones' first defeat after 58 races)
4/8/1996On the last day of the Atlanta Olympics, marathon runner Josia Thugwane becomes the first Southafrican to win olympic gold
4/8/1992Morfo Drossidou wins the bronze medal in the -70 category of tae kwon do at the Barcelona Olympics
4/8/1990Ettore Maserati, the famous car designer who set up the famous car industry, dies aged 96
4/8/1985British runner Steve Cram breaks the 2000m world record following in the footsteps of Steve Ovett and Sebastian Coe
4/8/1984Panagiotis Giannakis moves from Ionikos to Aris for 24 million drachmas for his team Ionikos and another 8 for him. In Thessaloniki, along with Nikos Galis, who is already there since 1979, they are going, in the following five years, to trasform Aris to a team with fans all over Greece
4/8/1984Carl Lewis wins the 100m race (9.99) at the Los Angeles Olympics. Lewis equaled Jesse Owens' record with 4 gold medals (100m, 200m, long jump and 4x100m)
4/8/1984Dimitris Thanopoulos wins the silver medal in wrestling (82 kgr) as he loses to Romanian Ion Draica at the Los Angeles Olympics. Babis Holidis wins the bronze medal (57 kgr) after beating Romanian Nicolae Zamfir
4/8/1983Former Olympiacos FC president Nikos Goulandris dies. He was president since 1972, he won 3 consecutive championship titles (1973-74-75) and 2 doubles, but suddenly withdrew before the end of 1974-75 season due to the exclusion of the team from Anderlecht (11/06/1974) as a result of the arbitration of Hungarian referee Palotai, who annulled 4 goals. Nikos Goulandris, twin brother of Vassilis, was married to Dolly (Ekaterini) Koumantarou, who in 1985 will found the Goulandris Foundation and one year later the Museum of Cycladic Art.
4/8/1983NY Yankees pitcher Dave Winfield kills a seagull with one hit during warm-up before the Yankees - Blue Jays game (3-1). After the game ends Ontario police arrest him for having unjustifiably harmed the bird
4/8/1972Vassilis Papageorgopoulos (nicknamed ''the flying doctor'') sets new greek record in the 100m race (10.22) at the Balkan games in Smyrna. It will take 21 years for another greek sprinter to smash that record (Alexandros Terzian)
4/8/1956Wilhelm Herz exceeds the 200m/h with his motorcycle (210m/h)
4/8/1949BAA (Basketball Association of America) and NBL (National Basketball League) merge into one creating NBA (National Basketball Association)
4/8/1945American golfer Byron Nelson marks his 11th consecutive victory after winning the Canadian Open. During that year he won 7 more tournaments setting a record of 18 victories in US Tour
4/8/1929First match of the Cretan football club Ergotelis in Heraklion (a 4-0 over Leon). This day is considered to be the official day of the foundation of the team, named after the famous Cretan ancient Olympic winner and the announcement will be published in the local newspaper “Elefthera Skepsis” (Free Thinking) three days later.


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