Hurdler who triumphed in the women's 400m hurdles at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics, for which she was awarded the gold medal.
She followed up her gold medal with a silver at the 2006 Gothenburg European Championships.
She tested positive on both the 'A' and 'B' samples for methyltrienolone during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, even though she categorically denied taking it; she was banned in December 2008 by the IAAF for two years.
Her family was residing in Larissa, Greece, when she was born.
Her 2004 gold-medal counterpart in the men's 400 meters competition was Jeremy Wariner of the United States.