Konstantinos Kenteris

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Konstandinos Kenteris
Personal information
Nationality  Greece
Born (1973-07-11) July 11, 1973 (age 42)
Mytilene, Greece
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Sport Running
Club Olympiakos
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

100 m: 10.15
200 m: 19.85

400 m: 45.60

Konstandinos Kenderis, also spelled as Konstadinos Kederis (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Κεντέρης pronounced [konsta'dinos ce'deris]; born July 11, 1973) is a former Greek athlete. He won gold medals in the 200 metres at the 2000 Summer Olympics, the 2001 World Championships in Athletics and the 2002 European Championships in Athletics — he withdrew from the 2004 Summer Olympics held in his home country after a doping violation (failed to attend drug-test).


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 m and 400 m races.

It was not until 1999 that Kenteris took part in his first major international tournaments; while he was eliminated in the 400 m heats of the indoor world championships he returned that summer as a 200 m runner at the outdoor World Championships. Kenteris won his heat # 5, defeating then 100 m world record holder Maurice Greene, but did not start the quarter-finals due to injury. As a result, 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 and reigning World Champion Greene did not compete, nobody had included Kenteris in his list of medal favourites, despite his being the fastest European at 200 m that summer with a 20.25 seconds from June. But Kenteris raced to the gold medal, denying Britain's Darren Campbell and Ato Boldon of Trinidad and Tobago. In doing so, Kenteris became the first White male to win a 200 metre sprinting medal at the Olympics since Pietro Mennea achieved the feat by winning gold at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

He also won the 200 m title at the 2001 World Championships, 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.

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."

Personal bests[edit]

Date Event Venue Performance
23 June 2001 100 metres Bremen, Germany 10.15
9 August 2002 200 metres Munich, Germany 19.85 NR
27 July 1998 400 metres Thessaloniki, Greece 45.60
9 February 2000 200 metres (indoor) Peiraias, Greece 20.80
13 February 1999 400 metres (indoor) Peiraias, Greece 46.36 NR


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
1992 IAAF World Junior Championships Seoul, Korea 6th 200 m
1993 Mediterranean Games Narbonne, France 1st 400 m 45.70
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 9th (sf) 400 m 45.74
4 x 400 m relay 3:06.48 SB
World Cup Johannesburg, South Africa 7th 4 x 400 m relay 3:03.95
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 1st 200 m 20.09 NR
9th (sf) 4 x 100 m relay 38.80
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 1st 200 m 20.04
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 1st 200 m 19.85 NR, WL
2003 SPAR European Cup Florence, Italy 1st 200 m 20.37

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Joshua J. Johnson
Men's 200 m Best Year Performance
alongside United States Shawn Crawford

Succeeded by
United States Bernard Williams