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Helen Karagounis

Full name: Helen Karagounis (-Thieme-)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-10 (179 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)
Born: September 28, 1981 in Nottingham, Nottingham, Great Britain
Affiliations: Birchfield Harriers, Birmingham (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Biography

A 400 metre runner who was a regular member of relay squads at major championships, Helen Karagounis (nee Thieme) was the European under 23 400 m champion in 2003. She ran in the Great Britain relay team that won the Europa Cup in 2002, won a silver medal with England at the Commonwealth Games later the same year and competed at the 2003 World Championships. At one point Karagounis was approached by the Greek athletics federation with a view to her representing her husband's native country.

In February 2010 the IAAF announced that American Crystal Cox had her results annulled, due to an admission of doping, for the period including the 2004 Olympics. Cox ran in the heats of the 4×400 relay in Athens and IAAF rules state that in these circumstances Cox's team has to be disqualified. The second anniversary of this announcement passed in early 2012 with no decision having been made as to the reallocation of medals. If the USA lose their gold medals Karagounis, who ran in the heats of the event, is in line to inherit an Olympic bronze medal. But in 2013, both the IAAF and the IOC announced that the result would stand and the American squad (except Cox) would be allowed to retain their gold medals and that they now considered the case closed.

Personal Best\: 400 – 51.78 (2003).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay Great Britain GBR 4 h1r1/2

Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT
2004 Summer 22 Athina Athletics Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 4 QC 3:26.99 52.19
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