Greece made its first Summer Olympic appearance when it hosted the inaugural games in Athens in 1896 and has competed ever since. The nation hosted the Olympics a second time in Athens in 2004. Ancient Greece was the origin of the Ancient Olympics and thus Greece has a special role during the modern Olympics, including certain ceremonial duties such as lighting the Olympic torch to begin the torch relay, marching first during the parade of nations and having its flag flown during the closing ceremony. Greece sends a large delegation with about 100 athletes competing at each Olympics since 1996 where they compete in a variety of sports.

Greece won its first medal at the 1896 Olympics and has won a total of 116 medals in 13 sports. Their most successful sports include athletics (29), weightlifting (15), shooting (13), gymnastics (11) and wrestling (11). Greece’s most successful athletes are weightlifter Pyrros Dimas and jumper Konstantinos Tsiklitiras where they both won four medals each. Dimas won three gold medals between 1992 and 2000 in the men’s -82.5kg, -83kg and -85kg events respectively and won a bronze medal in 2004 in the men’s -85kg event. Tsiklitiras won two silver medals at the 1908 Olympics in men’s standing high jump and standing long jump and in 1912 he won gold in standing long jump and bronze in standing high jump. In 2016 Greece won six medals.

Qualified Quotas


Women’s Events

Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s Pole Vault Katerina Stefanidi
Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou
Women’s Triple Jump Paraskevi Papachristou


Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Men’s RS:X Byron Kokkalanis
Women’s Laser Radial Vasileia Karachaliou
Men’s Finn Ioannis Mitakis
Women’s 470 Maria Bozi
Rafailina Klonaridou


Event Qualifying Athletes Selected Athletes
Women’s 10m Air Pistol Anna Korakaki