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Greek sprinters cleared of doping charges

March 18, 2005 23:08 IST

Greek sprinters Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou have been cleared of key charges connected with their missing three doping tests including one on the eve of last year's Athens Olympics, the Greek Athletics Federation has announced.

Kenteris, 31, who won a 200 metres gold medal at the 2000 Sydney Games, and Thanou, 30, a 100 metres silver medallist at the same Olympics, had faced a two-year ban from athletics if they had been found guilty.

"We note the decision of the Greek authorities with interest," said International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) spokesman Nick Davies.

"Our doping review board will now consider the English version of the decision."

The IAAF is the world governing body of athletics.

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