Athanasia Tsoumeleka - Greece - 2004 Olympic Games 20km Walk Champion.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 23 August 2004

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Athanasia TSOUMELEKA - Greece - 2004 Olympic Games 20km Walk Champion.

The photo above shows an ecstatic Athanasia Tsoumeleka crossing the line to win

the 20km Walk gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

It was Greece's first Athletics Gold medal of the Games and Athanasia's victory was

no doubt all the sweeter as it came in front of her home fans.

Her time of 1: 29.12 was also a new PB. The year before she had won the

European U23 20k walk Championships in Poland.

Womens 20km. Walk Final. Olympic Games 2004
1. Athanasia Tsoumeleka   GRE   1: 29.12
2. Olimpiada Ivanova   RUS   1: 29.16
3. Jane Saville   AUS   1: 29.25
4. Margarita Turova   BLR   1: 29.39
5. Melanie Seeger   GER   1: 29.52
6. Elisa Rigaudo   ITA   1: 29.57
7. Maria Vasco   SPA   1: 30.06
8. Liping Wang   CHN   1: 30.16


In the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, she finished 9th in 20 km walk. After the end of the Games, a urine sample she had given on August 6 tested positive for erythropoietin, when subjected to a new test for CERA. Tsoumeleka expressed doubts about the validity of the procedure, and then announced her immediate retirement from the sport.


On April 29, 2009 it was announced that Tsoumeleka had tested positive for CERA in a test on a blood sample provided during the 2008 Olympics. Her "B" sample also tested positive for CERA. On November 18, 2009 the International Olympic Committee decided to disqualify Tsoumeleka from the Women's 20 km Walk event of the 2008 Olympic Games .