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Newz Forum: OLYMPICS: Examiner reports no visible Thanou injuries

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posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 12:26 PM
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ATHENS, Aug 17 (Reuters) - Greek sprinters Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou came out of hospital after a mysterious motorcycle crash which left Kenteris with scratches and Thanou with no visible injuries, according to a medical report.
 

A judicial source said a report by Athens' top medical examiner said Kenteris, a gold medallist at the Sydney Olympics, had some scratches on the shin and the right elbow.

However, the source said both athletes, the host country's best medal hopes at the Athens Games, had complained of dizziness and the examiner's inspection on Monday could not rule out internal head injuries.

The initial hospital report had said Thanou had suffered abdominal injuries and a sprain to the right leg while Kenteris had slight head injuries, a sprain to the vertebra at the back of his neck, a knee sprain and scratches to the right leg.

"Filipos Koutsaftis has completed his medical examination of the athletes as ordered by the state prosecutor Dimitris Papangelopoulos," the source said.

"He did not find any injuries to Thanou and only minor injuries to Kenteris," the source said.

Papangelopoulos had sent Koutsaftis to check on the athletes after some media questioned the accident and its causes.

The report became public a few hours after the two were driven away from an Athens hospital, their first public appearance since missing dope tests on Thursday. They said the crash happened in the early hours of Friday.



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posted on Aug, 17 2004 @ 12:26 PM
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They also face a criminal investigation by a Greek state prosecutor.

"It's a big injustice, I have never used banned substances - honestly," Kenteris told reporters swarming around his car.

"All these people who crucify me on TV are the same people who wanted to be photographed with me after every success.

"But after crucifixion comes resurrection."

Already suspended by Greek sports officials, the training partners are due to attend an International Olympic Committee hearing on Wednesday that could lead to them being banned from the Games and subsequently for at least a year.



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