Multiple medal-winning athlete whose Olympics career was cut short in 2004 after he didn't attend a drug test.
He became obsessed with physical training at the age of 10.
He won gold medals in the 200-meters competition at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, the 2001 Edmonton World Championships, and the 2002 Munich European Championship; he also won the gold at the 1993 Narbonne Mediterranean Games.
His family was residing in Mytilene when he was born.
His win was overshadowed by Marion Jones' outstanding performance at the 2000 Olympics.