Hrysopiyi Devetzi

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Hrysopiyi Devetzi
Piyi Devetzi worldcup2006.jpg
Personal information
Born (1976-01-02) 2 January 1976 (age 43)
Country Greece
Event(s)Triple jump
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)15,32 m, 14.84 m (i)

Hrysopiyi "Piyi" Devetzi (Greek: Χρυσοπηγή Δεβετζή, [xrisopiˈʝi ðeveˈdzi], born January 2, 1976[1]) is a retired Greek athlete who competed in the triple jump and long jump.

Devetzi was born in Alexandroupoli. She won the triple jump silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics with 15.25 and the triple jump bronze medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics with 15.23. At the 2004 Summer Olympics semifinal she set a Greek record of 15.32 metres. This performance ranked her in the fourth place of all time triple jumpers, after the world record holder, Inessa Kravets, her greatest rival Tatyana Lebedeva and the twice-olympic gold medalist Françoise Mbango Etone. She won another silver medal at the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg, losing the gold at the last jump by Tatyana Lebedeva. The same story was repeated at the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Valencia, in which "Piyi" lost the 1st place at the sixth jump by Yargelis Savigne.

Devetzi was known for often jumping longer in qualification rounds than in finals, as at the 2004 Olympics, and also for her lack of gold so far at major championships, despite being one of the world's leading female triple jumpers.

Doping ban[edit]

In May 2009 Devetzi refused to submit to doping control. Failing to submit sample equals a positive test, and she was subsequently handed a two-year doping ban.[2][3]

In 2016, samples given by Devetzi in August 2007 were retested revealing stanozolol. Her subsequent results (for the next four years), covering the time until her retirement, were annulled, including the 2008 Olympic bronze medal. Her 2007 World Championship bronze medal was also annulled.[4]

On 17 November 2016 the IOC disqualified Devetzi from the 2008 Olympic Games, stripped her Olympic bronze medal and struck her long jump and triple jump results from the record for failing a drugs test in a re-analysis of her doping sample from 2008.[5]

Piyi Devetzi originally third in Osaka, 2007

Personal bests[edit]

Date Event Venue Performance
August 21, 2004 Triple jump Athens, Greece 15.32 m NR
March 4, 2003 Triple jump (indoor) Peania, Greece 14.84 m NR
June 10, 2006 Long jump Trikala, Greece 6.83 m *
March 3, 2006 Long jump (indoor) Liévin, France 6.31 m


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
2001 Mediterranean Games Tunis, Tunisia 5th Triple jump
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 7th Triple jump 14.15 m
2003 World Championships Paris, France 8th Triple jump 14.34 m =PB
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 3rd Triple jump 14.73 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 2nd Triple jump 15.25 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 4th Triple jump
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 10th (q) Triple jump
Mediterranean Games Almeria, Spain 3rd Triple jump 14.33 m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 5th Triple jump 14.64 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 1st Triple jump 14.89 m SB
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd Triple jump 15.05 m SB
10th Long jump 6.41 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 2nd Triple jump 14.67 m
World Cup Athens, Greece 2nd Triple jump 15.04 m
3rd Long jump 6.64 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 3rd DSQ Triple jump 15.04 m DSQ
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 2nd Triple jump 14.75 m
Military World Games Hyderabad, India 1st Long jump 6.69 m
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 2nd Triple jump 15.00 m NR
Olympic Games Beijing, China 3rd DSQ Triple jump 15.23 m SB DSQ
14th DSQ Long jump 6.57 m DSQ

Personal best progression[edit]

(Records in bold are current ones.)

Event Performance Venue Date
Triple Jump 13.44 m Rethymno, Greece 1998, May 30
Triple Jump 13.61 m Chania, Greece 1999, July 28
Triple Jump 14.00 m Kalamata, Greece 2001, June 2
Triple Jump 14.15 m Rethymno, Greece 2002, July 7
Triple Jump 14.15 m Munich, Germany 2002, August 10
Triple Jump (Indoor) 14.48 m Peania, Greece 2003, February 16
Triple Jump (Indoor) 14.84 m (NR) Peania, Greece 2003, March 4
Triple Jump 14.25 m Trikala, Greece 2003, June 24
Triple Jump 14.34 m Paris, France 2003, August 24
Triple Jump 14.34 m Paris, France 2003, August 26
Triple Jump 14.38 m Athens, Greece 2004, June 12
Triple Jump 14.48 m Athens, Greece 2004, June 12
Triple Jump 14.65 m Bydgoszcz, Poland 2004, June 19
Triple Jump 15.32 m (NR) Athens, Greece 2004, August 21
Triple Jump (Indoor) 14.89 m (NR) Annulled Peania, Greece 2008, February 13
Triple Jump (Indoor) 14.93 m (NR) Annulled Valencia, Spain 2008, March 8
Triple Jump (Indoor) 15.00 m (NR) Annulled Valencia, Spain 2008, March 8
Long Jump 6.15 m Athens, Greece 1999, June 24
Long Jump 6.19 m Athens, Greece 2000, June 1
Long Jump 6.36 m Athens, Greece 2003, May 4
Long Jump 6.56 m Athens, Greece 2005, June 11
Long Jump 6.60 m Deskati, Greece 2006, May 13
Long Jump 6.83 m Trikala, Greece 2006, June 10
Long Jump (Indoor) 6.31 m Lievin, France 2006, March 3
Long Jump (Indoor) 6.85 m Annulled Peania, Greece 2008, February 9


  1. ^ "IAAF Athlete Profile". Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  2. ^ "Athletes currently suspended from all competitions in athletics following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation as at: 11.7.12" (PDF). via IAAF. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 14, 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  3. ^ IAAF activates Hrysopiyi Devetzi two-year doping ban,, 19 March 2011
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  5. ^ "IOC sanctions 16 athletes for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008". IOC. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  6. ^ b

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