Stelios Malakopoulos was born in Thessaloniki on 13/09/1996.
Today, he is a distinguished track and field athlete. He studied at the Department of Economics of the University of Macedonia and now continues his studies at the Department of Law of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. From a very young age he showed his inclination towards sports and especially basketball. A car accident in August 2015 was going to change his life forever, as both of his legs were amputated.
However, he quickly managed to stand up and create a new perspective with his sport ally. Despite his great love for basketball, he is now a track athlete. In particular, in 2018 he won 2nd place in the 200 meters and 3rd in the 400 meters at the Pan-European Championship held in Berlin. A year later, in 2019, he broke the world record in the long jump with a performance of 6.80 meters.
The culmination of his effort was his participation in the Tokyo Paralympic Games, where he won 4th place in the long jump in the mixed categories, as well as the achievement of the World Record in the long jump in the T62 category with a performance of 7.04 meters. He also became the first athlete in history, who with a double amputation managed to overcome the 7-meter barrier.
Drawing strength from his faith in God he constantly strives to improve. His next goal is to win a medal at the 2024 Paralympic Games in Paris.