Dimitra Gnafaki is a Greek track and field athlete, who specializes in 400m hurdles. She is a multiple-time Greek national champion and twice Balkan champion in the event.
Dimitra Gnafaki was born on July 9, 1997, in Serres, Greece. She attended Gymnastics Academy in her hometown before turning her focus fully to athletics and the 400m hurdles.
Dimitra Gnafaki started her competitive career in 2013, taking part in the 400m event in Chania Venizelia and finished 4th.
In 2014, the Greek athlete earned the bronze at the Serres Greek Junior Championships and Larisa Greek U18 Championships in 400m. She also earned the bronze at the Serres Balkan Junior Championships in the 4x400m relay.
Dimitra Gnafaki specialized in 400m hurdles in 2016 and during the season competed entirely in this event. She earned her first national medal, winning the silver at the Patra Greek Championships. She also won gold at the Chania Venizelia, Bolu Balkan U20 Championships, Serres Greek U20 Championships, and Larisa Greek U23 Championships. She also competed at the Bydgoszcz IAAF World U20 Championships but did not reach the finals.
In 2017, Dimitra Gnafaki did not make a successful season, finishing 7th at the Patra Greek Championships in 400m hurdles. She attended the University of Akron and competed almost the entire remaining season in the United States. She finished 7th at the Kalamazoo Mid-American Outdoor Championships and 4th at the Baton Rouge LSU Alumni Gold in 400m hurdles, but also competed at the Ypsilanti Mid-American Conference Championships and Austin Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, where did not reach the finals.
In 2018, Dimitra Gnafaki competed entirely in the United States, finishing 6th at the Torrance Mt SAC Relays in both 400m hurdles and 4x400m relays. Meanwhile, she earned the 300m hurdles gold at the Akron Northeast Ohio Quad.
Dimitra Gnafaki continued competing in the United States for most of the 2019 season, earning the silver at the Northeast Ohio Quad Meet and the bronze at the Beach Invitational in 400m hurdles, as well as the silver at the Mid-American Conference Championships in 4x400m relay. At the end of the season, she returned to Greece to compete at the Patra Greek Championships, finishing 4th in 400m hurdles. Meanwhile, she earned the gold in the same event at the Larisa Greek U23 Championships.
In 2020, Dimitra Gnafaki earned the 400m bronze at the Mid-American Conference Championships and the 4x400m relay silver at the Penn State National Invitational. During the season, the track and field athlete won her first national title triumphing with the 400m hurdles gold at the Patra Greek Championships.
Dimitra Gnafaki won another national title in 2021, winning the 400m hurdles gold at the Patra Greek Championships, but her biggest achievement during the season was the 400m hurdles gold at the Smederevo Balkan Championships. Meanwhile, she finished 4th at the Cluj-Napoca European Athletics Team Championships First League in the 4x400m relay, as well as the 400m bronze at the Chania Venizelia Meeting.
In 2022, Dimitra Gnafaki won another national title in the 400m hurdles at the Thessaloniki Greek Senior Outdoor Championships. In the same event, she finished 4th at the Oran XIX Mediterranean Games, but also competed at the Munich European Athletics Championships and ATLETICAGENEVE – EAP. Meanwhile, she won the silver at the Dromia International Sprint and Relays Meeting and Chania Venizelia International Meeting, as well as the bronze at the Craiova Balkan Championships.
In 2023, Dimitra Gnafaki won the 400m hurdles gold medals and the 4x400m relay silver medals at the both Volos Greek Championships and Kraljevo Balkan Championships. Moreover, she earned silver at the Dromia International Sprint and Relays Meeting and Chania Venizelia International Meeting in 400m hurdles. the Greek athlete competed at the Budapest World Athletics Championships but did not reach the finals.