Konstadinos KEDERIS

Konstadinos Kederis - Greece - 2002 : European 200m Champion.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 09 August 2002

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      Monday, 11 June 1973
      Mitilini, Greece
  • Greece
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Konstadinos KEDERIS - Greece - 2002 : European 200m Champion.

Konstadinos Kederis wins the 200 metres to take the sprint double at the 2002

European Athletics Championships in Germany.


Men's 200m. Final.
2002 European Championships
1 Konstadinos KEDERIS   Gre   19.85
2 Francis Obikwelu   Por   20.21
3 Marlon Devonish   Gbr   20.24
4 Christian Malcolm   Gbr   20.30
5 Marcin Jedrusinski   Pol   20.31
6 Marco Torrieri   Ita   20.68
7 Troy Douglas   Ned   20.73
Marcin Urbas   Pol   DNF




The photo above shows Kostas charging to victory in his semi-final of the 200m at the

2002 European Athletics Championships.      Picture George Herringshaw.


Men's 200m Semi-Final 2.
2002 European Championships
1 Konstadinos KEDERIS   Gre   20.18   Q  
2 Marlon Devonish   Gbr   20.23   Q  
3 Marcin Urbas   Pol   20.60   Q  
4 Troy Douglas   Ned   20.64   Q  
5 A Marcoullides   Cyp   20.69
6 A Cavallaro   Ita   21.01
7 Tommi Hartonen   Fin   21.04
DNF John Ertzgaard   Nor  


For the 2004 Summer Olympics, Kenteris was one of the hopes of the home crowd for winning a gold medal in athletics and favourite to light the Olympic flame. However, on the day prior to the Games, Kenteris and his training partner Ekaterini Thanou failed to attend a drug test. While they claimed to have been injured in a motorcycle accident – in a frantic attempt to return to the Olympic village for the test upon hearing the news in the media – an official Greek investigation would later find that the alleged accident had been staged. In the ensuing doping scandal, Kenteris and Thanou announced their withdrawal from the Games on August 18, after a hearing before the Disciplinary Commission of the IOC, for what they described to be "in the interests of the country". Kenteris retired from athletics.