Sports unite people and we were blessed to be present at Costa Navarino on the weekend of October 15-17, supporting the #navarinochallenge and connecting with a ton of amazing Champions and LIFE winners.
Periklis has competed at four Summer Olympics (2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012) and is a six-time participant at the World Championships in Athletics. He was the world bronze medalist in 2003 and the European champion in 2006. His first major win came at the 1998 World Junior Championships and he won the gold medal at the 2001 Mediterranean Games, while he was named the 2003 and 2006 Greek Male Athlete of the Year.
In 1998, Iakovakis won the gold medal at the World Junior Championships in Annecy, France with 49.82 seconds, and five years later he won the bronze medal at the 2003 World Championships in Athletics in Paris-Saint-Denis, France. In the final at the Stade de France, he finished in 48.24 seconds after Félix Sánchez and Joey Woody. Periklis achieved his personal best of 47.82 seconds on May 6th 2006 in Osaka during the IAAF World Athletics Tour and won his first major competition 3 months later. He became European Champion in Gothenborg, Sweden finishing at 48.46 seconds in the final.
After his win at the European Championships, Iakovakis won the full-lap hurdles event in 47.92 seconds at the Zurich Weltklasse Golden League meet in Letzigrund. The reigning European Champion was then first at the Herculis IAAF World Athletics Tour meeting in Monaco. He won the bronze medal at the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Final, which was the last edition of the competition and was held in Thessaloniki.
Iakovakis officially completed his career on July 26, 2015, running his last race in the 400 hurdles in the Panhellenic Championship where he finished first, thus reaching 16 victories in Panhellenic championships with 15 being consecutive from 1998 to 2013.
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