Greek sprinters Kenteris, Thanou face perjury trial after alleged accident

Updated: September 24, 2007, 8:48 AM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- The perjury trial of Greek sprinters Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou set to begin Monday was postponed until June 19.

Kenteris and Thanou face misdemeanor charges of perjury over an alleged motorcycle accident on Aug. 12, 2004, which they are suspected of staging in order to avoid a doping test on the eve of the Athens Olympics.

Twelve defendants -- the runners, their trainer, doctors and alleged witnesses of the accident -- are all facing a penalty of up to two years in prison.

The athletes did not appear in court Monday. The trial was delayed by a panel of three judges after one of the defendant's lawyers sent a letter to the court citing illness.

Kenteris won the 200 meters at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, while Thanou won the silver medal in the 100 meters.

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