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Greek athlete dies two weeks after fall

8/24/2004

ATHENS, Greece -- A member of the Greek judo team who fell
from her third-floor apartment balcony following a quarrel with her
boyfriend has died. Eleni Ioannou had been hospitalized in critical
condition for more than for two weeks.

The Red Cross hospital said Ioannou, 20, died Tuesday in the
intensive care unit where she had been treated since Aug. 7 for
multiple fractures to her head and body.

Ioannou, a competitor in the 172-pound-plus class, fell from the
balcony after an argument with her boyfriend, 24-year-old Giorgos
Chrisostomides.

Police questioned Chrisostomides and released him. Relatives and
neighbors said he was inconsolable, and jumped from the same
balcony two days later. He remains hospitalized in critical
condition at Athens' Evangelismos hospital.

Ioannou, a student at the Athens Gymnastics Academy, was a
promising Olympian in a sport that only recently gained popularity
in Greece. With only four years of experience, she had won three
national championships, and a bronze medal in the 2002 Balkan
championships.