Sports Briefs

OLYMPICS Two more athletes, both Greek-American, added to Greece’s mediocre – as anticipated – performances yesterday. Michael Panayiotis Voudouris, an emergency medical technician who had joined rescue efforts at the World Trade Center following the September 11 attacks, ended 23rd among 26 entries in the men’s skeleton. Cindy Ninou ended last among a field of 13 in the women’s skeleton. ATHLETICS Responding to complaints by Greek track and field athletes earlier this week about deteriorating training and accommodation facilities at the Olympic Stadium, Sports Minister Yiannis Kourakis said yesterday that renovation work would provide a major facelift in two years. Visiting the substandard facilities, Kourakis reminded athletes that new facilities in southern Athens, where the athletes are to relocate, would be ready by summer. VOLLEYBALL Two Greek clubs, Olympiakos and Iraklis, will compete in this season’s Champions League Final Four in Opole, Poland, from March 23-24. They will clash against Poland’s Mostostal and Italy’s Macerata. ATHLETICS Russian pole-vaulter Svetlana Feofanova, the women’s world indoor record holder, overcame her main rival, American Stacy Dragila, holder of the open-air world record, at Athens 2002, an international indoor athletics meet on Wednesday night. Feofanova won the pole-vault event with a 4.60 meters jump, but failed to break her own 4.73-meter world record. Dragila ended fourth.

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