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Appeals trial begins for Greek sprinters

Updated: July 18, 2011, 8:39 AM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- A Greek court has formally opened the appeal trial of sprinters Costas Kenteris and Katerina Thanou, convicted of faking a motorcycle crash after missing a doping test on the eve of the 2004 Athens Olympics.

The two were found guilty of perjury in May over the scandal -- a major embarrassment to the host nation -- and given suspended 31-month jail sentences that they immediately appealed.

Neither athlete was present in the Athens appeals court Monday, and the case ...

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