KENTERIS Konstantinos (1973) Greece / Track and field
Having come to athletics via the 400m and frequently being injured, this Greek athlete hadn't won a single international competition before his triumph in the 200 metres in Sydney. Having become a sprinter only a year earlier, Kenteris' progress was impressive. It was only after he completed very fast finishes in the heats and semi-finals of the 200m in Sydney that the Greek 100 metre champion thought he had any medal hopes.His approach to running and way of negotiating the bends enabled him to reach for the stars. Just like his compatriot Thanou, who finished second behind the unbeatable Marion Jones, Kenteris showed that Greek athletics is in good shape four year before the 2004 Games in Athens.