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Ioannou fell from balcony of third-floor apartment

8/7/2004

ATHENS, Greece -- A member of the Greek Olympic judo team
fell from the third-floor balcony of her apartment after an
argument with her boyfriend, leaving her hospitalized in critical
condition, authorities said.

Elli Ioannou, 20, was treated for multiple fractures to her head
and body, said Yiannis Papadoyiannakis, the head of the Greek team.
She underwent surgery and was placed in intensive care. The fall is
under investigation.

"This incident cast a shadow over the very good climate of the
Greek team," Papadoyiannakis said. "It has brought a sadness."

Ioannou, a competitor in the 78-kg-plus event, had been
scheduled to move into the Olympic Village with the judo team on
Wednesday.

"It is a miracle she is still alive. ... She is fighting for
her life," said Ioannou's coach, Giorgos Bountakis, who visited
her at the hospital.