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Greek authorities call gold medal race walker a race doper

Posted Apr 13 2009 11:02pm

Racewalker This may sound odd, but a couple words that don' t go together in most people' s minds are "walking" and "performance enhancing drugs."

And yet Olympic champion race walker Athanasia Tsoumeleka of Greece was just charged with using CERA, illegal performance-enhancing drug."

27-year-old Tsoumeleka was a local star of the 2004 Olympic when she won the 20-kilometer walk at the Athens Olympic Games.

According to USA Today:

"Court officials said prosecutor Costas Simitzoglou charged Tsoumeleka with breaking Greece' s doping laws after she tested positive in January for CERA, an advanced version of the blood-booster EPO.

Tsoumeleka denies knowingly using the substance and has expressed doubts about the procedure. When the test results were announced in January, she announced her immediate retirement from competition."

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