first_img“The statement I made reflected my personal opinion – not that of Ms. Thanou – and that remains my personal opinion,” said Dimitrakopoulos, adding he has not represented Thanou since 2004. Thanou and Kenteris also have been tainted by doping allegations. They missed the 2004 Athens Olympics after failing to appear for a doping test on the eve of the games, and both served two-year bans. ATHENS, Greece – Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou distanced herself Monday from her former lawyer, who has said Thanou deserved an Olympic gold medal won by Marion Jones. Thanou won the silver behind Jones in the 100 meters at the 2000 Sydney Games, and Jones admitted last week that she was using banned substances at the time. Lawyer Michalis Dimitrakopoulos “had no authorization or right to speak on her behalf, and his statements do not reflect the views of Ms. Thanou,” lawyer Grigoris Ioannides said in a statement. Dimitrakopoulos represented Thanou and Kostas Kenteris during the 2004 Olympics. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more