Katerina Thanou, now age 33, appears to have 'earned' a place on the Greek Olympic roster despite her checkered past. The Guardian carries the story. (photo of Sydney cheats at the left)
Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou, who was banned for two years after a doping scandal on the eve of the Athens 2004 Olympics, has made the team for next month's Games and could travel to Beijing, officials said on Tuesday.The Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC) included Thanou in the Greece squad after she finished fifth in a 100 metres race on the island of Crete late on Monday with a time of 11.39 seconds.
Unlike Torres, who at 41 is swimming fast than she ever swam in younger years, Thanou sprints
significantly slower times now. Thanou's pr was set in 1999 at 10.93. She finished
second to Marion Jones first after Marion Jones DQ in Sydney at 11.12. Her qualifying time of 11.39 seems pedestrian in 2008. Does she require better 'supplements'? (another pic to the right; many of these female sprinters look heavily 'testosterone' at the time of peak competition)
celebrated berated 2004 Olympic tryst when she failed to show up for dope testing, then allegedly lied about an motor vehicle accident. She and Greek male sprinter Costas Kenteris went through bans, reinstatement, trials (for lying), pleas, who who knows what else.
"She has made the B time for the team so she is on it," Greece's chef de mission Isidoros Kouvelos told reporters during the preliminary squad presentation.The B time is the lower qualification mark that if beaten by another Greek athlete in the same discipline would force Thanou out of the team, although that is highly unlikely.Whether Thanou, who also won the 100m silver medal at the Sydney 2000 Games, will travel to Beijing was unclear."Officially, she has now made the team but we do not yet know if she wants to go to Beijing," an HOC official said on condition of anonymity. "Her statements so far have not helped clear up her intentions," he told Reuters.
Hey take the free trip to China, and get in some sightseeing, but don't crash your scooter, Katrina.
Thanou and fellow sprinter Costas Kenteris were at the heart of the biggest Olympic doping scandal in years when they missed a drugs test and then allegedly crashed on their motorcycle hours before the Athens Games opening ceremony.