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Konstantinos Kenteris

Greek athlete Konstantinos Kenteris was born on July 11, 1973. At the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, he won a gold medal in the 200-meter dash.

Born in Mytilene, Kenteris, a student of physical education, started practising athletics at age 10, and started running seriously about ten years later, when he moved to Thessaloniki. Kenteris specialised in the 200 and 400 m.

It was not until 1999 that Kenteris took part in his first major international tournaments; he was eliminated in the heats of both the indoor and outdoor World Championships. Because of this, few people had heard of Kenteris when he surprised by qualifying for the 200 m final at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. Although defending Olympic champion Michael Johnson had retired, and reigning World Champion Maurice Greene didn't compete, nobody had included Kenteris in his list of medal favourites. But Kenteris raced to the gold medal, denying Britain's Darren Campbell and Ato Boldon of Trinidad and Tobago.

He also won the 200 m title at the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton in 20'03, after a season where he mostly stayed out of international competition. The following year, Kenteris completed his trilogy by also winning the European title in Munich in 19.85, his personal best.



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