DOKTOR Martin (1973) Czech Republic / Canoeing
The double Olympic canoeing champion in the 500 and 1000 metres in Atlanta in 1996 didn't get a chance to climb the podium at the Sydney Games. He was forced to bow to his old rival, Germany's Andreas Dittmer.Doktor almost failed to reach the final. He was accused of breaching the five-metre rule, in other words of having gained an unfair advantage by riding the wash of the preceding boat, during the semi-final. However, after considering the matter, the jury reinstated him for the final.