Vasilis Papageorgopoulos

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Vasilis Papageorgopoulos
Βασίλης Παπαγεωργόπουλος
Papageorgopoulos.jpg
Mayor of Thessaloniki
In office
January 1, 1999 – December 31, 2010
Preceded byKonstantinos Kosmopoulos
Succeeded byYiannis Boutaris
Personal details
Born(1947-06-27) June 27, 1947 (age 66)
Thessaloniki, Greece
Alma materAristotle University of Thessaloniki
OccupationBusinessman
ProfessionDentist
 
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Vasilis Papageorgopoulos
Βασίλης Παπαγεωργόπουλος
Papageorgopoulos.jpg
Mayor of Thessaloniki
In office
January 1, 1999 – December 31, 2010
Preceded byKonstantinos Kosmopoulos
Succeeded byYiannis Boutaris
Personal details
Born(1947-06-27) June 27, 1947 (age 66)
Thessaloniki, Greece
Alma materAristotle University of Thessaloniki
OccupationBusinessman
ProfessionDentist

Vasilis Papageorgopoulos (Greek: Βασίλης Παπαγεωργόπουλος, born June 27, 1947 in Thessaloniki) is a retired Greek sprinter, former mayor of Thessaloniki. He won two medals at the European Indoor Championships as well as the bronze medal in the 100 metres at the 1971 European Championships in Athletics. On February 27, 2013 he was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment for embezzling of 51.4 millions Euros at the Municipality of Thessaloniki while he was mayor.

Biography[edit]

Papageorgopoulos' personal best time was 10.22 seconds, achieved in August 1972 in Izmir. This ranks him twelfth among Greek 100 metre sprinters, behind Angelos Pavlakakis, Aristotelis Gavelas, Christoforos Choidis, Alexandros Yenovelis, Haralambos Papadias, Konstantinos Kenteris, Alexis Alexopoulos, Panayotis Sarris, Georgios Theodoridis, Yeoryios Panayiotopoulos and Alexandros Terzian.[1] Papageorgopoulos also studied medicine. That is why most Thessalonians call him "The flying doctor".

Papageorgopoulos first got involved in politics in 1978 when he was elected City councilor of Thessaloniki. He practiced dentistry until 1981, when he was elected as a member of the Greek Parliament, representing Thessaloniki, for the Conservative New Democracy party[citation needed]. Papageorgopoulos has been, from 1 January 1999 to 31 December 2010, the mayor of Thessaloniki.

In April 2011, he was among 25 people contacted by an investigating magistrate with a probe into alleged embezzlement of 51.4 million euros at the municipality. He was also accused by his successor Yiannis Boutaris of providing inaccurate financial figures.[2]

On February 27, 2013 he was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment for embezzling of 17.9 million euro at the Municipality of Thessaloniki while he was mayor.

Achievements[edit]

YearTournamentVenueResultEvent
1971European Indoor ChampionshipsSofia, Bulgaria5th60 metres[3]
European ChampionshipsHelsinki, Finland3rd100 metres
Mediterranean Gamesİzmir, Turkey1st100 metres
1972European Indoor ChampionshipsGrenoble, France3rd50 metres
1974European Indoor ChampionshipsGothenburg, Sweden8th60 metres[4]
1975Mediterranean GamesAlgiers, Algeria2nd100 metres
1976European Indoor ChampionshipsMunich, West Germany2nd60 metres

References[edit]

  1. ^ All time best Balkan athletes, men - The Athletics Site
  2. ^ Kathimerini: Ex-Thessaloniki mayor to face embezzlement probe. April 28, 2011
  3. ^ 1971 European Indoor Championships, men's 60 m final - Die Leichtatletik-Statistik-Seite
  4. ^ 1974 European Indoor Championships, men's 60 m final - Die Leichtatletik-Statistik-Seite

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Records
Preceded by
East Germany Manfred Kokot
European Record Holder Men's 100 m
3 June 1972 - 16 June 1972
Succeeded by
Italy Pietro Mennea
Preceded by
Konstantinos Kosmopoulos
Mayor of Thessaloniki
1999&2010;
Succeeded by
Yiannis Boutaris