Aris Grigoriadis

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Aris Grigoriadis, torchbearer in Thessaloniki for the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games

Aristides ("Aris") Grigoriadis (Greek Άρης Γρηγοριάδης) (born December 6, 1985) is a Greek swimmer from Thessaloniki.

In 2004, Grigoriadis broke the Greek record in the 100m freestyle with 49.38. The following year, in Almeria, Spain, he won a gold medal at the Mediterranean Games in the 50m backstroke with 25.62.

He became the first - and only one so far - Greek swimmer to be crowned World Champion in the 50m backstroke event of the 2005 World Championships in Montreal.

On January 24, 2008, Grigoriadis broke the Greek record in the 50m backstroke with 24.94. In March of that same year, at the European Championships of Eindhoven, he won two medals: the gold in 50 m backstroke (24.95) and the silver in 100 m backstroke.

On May 22, 2012, Aris Grigoriadis won the second European Championship gold medal of his career, finishing first in the 100-meter backstroke final at Debrecen. Hungary. His time of 53.86 seconds, was two-tenths of a second ahead of second-placed Helge Meeuw of Germany.