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Greeks enter Turin event

Four Greek athletes will compete in the European Indoor Track and Field Championship today, aiming at reaching the finals of their respective events. First up is Costas Douvalidis, who will enter the qualification stage for the 60-meter hurdles at 11.15 a.m. (local time) and is expected to qualify in his heat. High jumper Costas Baniotis will join the qualifying stage at 4.40 p.m. with the limit for the final at 2.30 meters. His best performance this year is 2.25 meters. Ten minutes later, Nicole Kyriakopoulou starts in the qualifiers for the pole vault, targeting the 4.45-meter threshold. Her best jump so far this year was 4.40 meters. Finally, Voula Papachristou competes in the qualifying round of the triple jump, which begins at 6.40 p.m., and has the 14.15-meter limit within reach, after her best at 14.16 meters this year. There are another three Greeks who will compete in the 30th edition of the championships in Turin, Italy, and they enter it tomorrow. Meanwhile, disgraced British sprinter Dwain Chambers has reportedly said about Greek sprinters Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou that «they stupidly left the Olympic Village in 2004 one day before the start of the Athens Olympics. Doping tests are so useless that there is no way they would have been caught. I used banned substances time and again but was caught only once.»