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Kenteris pleads his innocence

Disgraced sprinter Costas Kenteris was granted unconditional release after testifying to a prosecutor yesterday on charges that he faked a motorcycle accident on the eve of the Athens Games last year to dodge a drug test. «There is not the slightest evidence that he is guilty of the charges against him,» Kenteris’s lawyer Michalis Dimitrakopoulos said after the hearing, arguing that his client was never informed of the doping test. Kenteris, 200-meter gold medalist at the Sydney 2000 Games, along with training partner Katerina Thanou, the 2000 women’s 100-meter silver medalist, missed a doping test on August 12. The two said they fell off a motorcycle and withdrew from the Games after spending several days in the hospital with cuts and bruises. Dimitrakopoulos said that a date for the trial had not yet been set. Kenteris did not make any public comments.