Christos Volikakis won the gold medal
Greek Cyclist Christos Volikakis won the gold medal at the 2nd European Games of Minsk in the Cycling Scratch Event. The Greek champion took the first place with 17.57 seconds and proved to be one of the world’s top athletes in the event.
“The feeling of victory is amazing. In my last races I realized that I am in a very good shape, but in cycling, many unpredictable factors play a role. I came to Minsk, I believed in myself and I won the gold medal, ” Christos Volikakis said after the race.
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🇬🇧Yes!!! We did it… Gold medal in the 2nd European Games, Minsk 2019 of Belarus. What an honor, to be awarded on medal ceremony, by the President of the hellenic olympic committee and just recently an official IOC member, Mr. Spyros Capralos @spyrosc55 !! I would like to dedicate this medal to our fellow cyclists that lost their life in such an unfair way few days ago… 😔😔… Please respect cyclists on the streets, daily we risk our lives to do the sport we love… Thank you all, for being there for us and supporting us, u are the source of our strength and you making us compete even harder!!! 🇬🇷Τα καταφέραμε χρυσό μετάλλιο στους Ευρωπαϊκούς αγώνες στο Minsk 🇧🇾 της Λευκορωσίας 🥇🏆🇬🇷🚴 !!!! Μεγάλη μου τιμή να με βραβεύει ο πρόεδρος της Ελληνικής ολυμπιακής Επιτροπής & πλέον Αθάνατος Κύριος Σπύρος Καπράλος !! Θα ήθελα να αφιερώσω αυτό το μετάλλιο στους ποδηλάτες που έφυγαν με τόσο άδικο τρόπο από τη ζωή πριν λίγες ημέρες καλό παράδεισο 😔😔……….. σεβαστείτε τους ποδηλάτες στο δρόμο, καθημερινά ρισκάρουμε τη ζωή μας …. Σας ευχαριστώ όλους που είστε δίπλα μας και στηρίζετε τις προσπάθειες μας , από εσάς παίρνουμε δύναμη και αγωνιζόμαστε ακόμα πιο δυνατά !!!! @hellenic_olympic_committee #helleniccyclingfederation #mysponsors 🙏🙏🙏 @euroins_greece @stoiximan.gr #GREATINJAPAN @iroesgr @toyota.hellas @minasdesigns @katerinakatopis @progame.sa #petrakistransport @lookcycle @spetses_marathon @kassimatiscycling @sunwear.stores @herbalifenutrition.gr @herbalife @oakleybike @garmingreece @bioracerspeedwear @bioracermotion @myathlete @cyclingteamvolos @compexgreece @bikethirty
Christos Volikakis traveled to Belarus in an excellent condition and confirmed it during the race. The Greek Team was found early in the stadium to support the Greek cyclist, headed by the new member of the International Olympic Committee and Greek President Spyros Capralos, who also attended the gold medal ceremony.
The 31-year-old cyclist found himself in the top four of the race from the beginning, and took the lead few seconds apart from Kazimiez Prokopicin (Poland), who came second. Third was the World Champion of scratch in 2018, Yakujeni Karalioch (Belarus).
“Christos was one of the strongest in the race and he was competing with the athlete from Belarus for the first place. The others tried to stop them. When the race reached the sprint, Christos gave his best. This is one of his greatest successes, but others will come, “Zafiris Volikakis, brother of the champion, told newspaper”Kathimerini “.
Greek track cyclist Christos Volikakis was born in 25 March 1988 in Volos. Hehas an impressive resume, with many distinctions not only in domestic but also in international competitions. He is the first Greek to conquer the gold medal in the World Cycling Championship, marking his name in golden letters in the history of Greek cycling.
He is a Greek Champion, holding at the same time 9 national records. In 2011 he won the World Cup in Kazakhstan and in 2017 he won 2nd place in the same event, this time in England.
The Greek cyclist has also represented our country three times in the Olympic Games (2008, 2012, 2016), winning world recognition. Christos once again showed that he is the leading Greek cyclist and one of the world’s top riders, winning the silver medal at the World Cup race track race held in November 2017 in Proskov, Poland.
Christos Volikakis became the second Greek athlete to win the gold medal at the 2019 European Games held in Minsk, following Anna Korakaki, who took the first place in the 25-meter sports pistol.