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Banned sprinter Thanou set to make a comeback

AP , ATHENS

Katerina Thanou in action at the Athens Olympic stadium in June, 2004. Thanou is set to return to the track after a two-year ban.

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Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou, who won the silver medal in the 100m at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, is set to return to the track after a two-year ban.

She is planning to compete at next month's Greek indoor track championships in her first competitive race since the ban was lifted last month, her lawyer said on Friday.

Nikos Kollias said Thanou is using Saturday's Greek event to prepare for the European Indoor Championships, to be held from March 2-4 in Birmingham, England.

Thanou, who turns 32 on Thursday, will run the 60m.

The Greek amateur athletics association did not confirm her participation in the Greek meet, saying the entry lists will be announced next week.

Thanou was handed a two-year suspension, along with fellow Greek sprinter Kostas Kenteris, after failing to report for drug tests on the eve of the 2004 Athens Olympics. They claimed they were in a motorcycle accident the same evening.

The IAAF reinstated the runners last month following the suspension.

Kollias said he was "very satisfied with the settlement with the IAAF," but the sprint duo still face possible prosecution by Greek authorities.

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