Fani Chalkia

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Fani Chalkia
Personal information
Native nameΦανή Χαλκιά
Born (1979-02-02) 2 February 1979 (age 39)
Larissa, Greece
CountryFlag of Greece.svg  Greece
Sport Athletics
Event(s) 400 metres hurdles
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking 1st
Personal best(s) 52.77 sec

Fani Chalkia (Greek : Φανή Χαλκιά, [faˈni xalˈca] , born February 2, 1979 in Larissa), also transliterated as Halkia or Khalkia, is a retired Greek hurdler. [1] [2]

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An athlete of Olympiacos, Chalkia won the gold medal in the women's 400m hurdles at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. During the semifinals Halkia set an Olympic record of 52.77 seconds.

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On August 16, 2008, during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing it was announced that she tested positive for the banned substance methyltrienolone. [3] [4] Chalkia denied she has taken any banned substance, and asked for her 'B' sample to be tested, which also tested positive the next day. [5] On December 12, 2008, the IAAF announced that she would be banned from the sport for two years.

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Personal bests

22 August 2004 400 meters hurdles Athens, Greece52.77 s (OR)
12 September 2004 400 meters Berlin, Germany50.56 s (NR)
6 March 2004 400 meters (indoor) Budapest, Hungary51.68 s (NR)
24 June 2007 200 meters Munich, Germany23.30 s [6]


Representing Flag of Greece.svg  Greece
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France 27th (h)400m hurdles 62.50
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 6th400 m52.90
6th4 × 400 m relay3:39.23
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 1st400 m hurdles 52.82
7th4 × 400 m relay 3:45.70
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 4th400 m hurdles55.10
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd400 m hurdles 54.02
World Cup Athens, Greece 5th400 m50.94 (SB)
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 22nd (h)400 m hurdles56.58

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Flag of Russia.svg Yuliya Pechonkina
Women's 400 m Hurdles Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Flag of Russia.svg Yuliya Pechonkina