Christos Tampaxis is a Greek swimmer.
He has represented Greece at the Paralympic Games on four occasions, in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008. His first medals came at the 2004 Games. Competing in the S1 category for athletes with the most severe disabilities, Tampaxis won gold in the 50 metre backstroke, and silver in the 50 m and 100 m freestyle. His gold medal in the backstroke was also a Paralympic record: 1:22.20.
He successfully defended his 50 metre backstroke title at the 2008 Games, winning gold with a lead of more than twenty-one seconds over his countryman Andreas Katsaros, but failing to beat his own record; he swam the race in 1:23.15. The 50 metre backstroke was the only S1 event retained at the Beijing Games; Tampaxis therefore had to compete against S2 athletes (with slightly lesser levels of disability) in the freestyle (50m and 100m). He failed to advance from the heats.
Tampaxis is blind, and has no leg movement.
^ "ATHENS 2004 Paralympic Games: Swimming: Men's 50 m Backstroke S1", International Paralympic Committee
^ Christos Tampaxis' full results at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
^ "Dwarfs rule the pool", Sydney Morning Herald, September 10, 2008
Christos Tampaxis's profile on paralympic.org
Medieval Greece / Byzantine Empire
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