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08-24-2004, 06:36 PM
Greek Judo Champion Eleni Ioannu Dies

ATHENS, Greece (AP) - A member of the Greek judo team who fell from her third-floor apartment balcony following a quarrel with her boyfriend has died. Eleni Ioannou had been hospitalized in critical condition for more than for two weeks.

The Red Cross hospital said Ioannou, 20, died Tuesday in the intensive care unit where she had been treated since Aug. 7 for multiple fractures to her head and body.

Ioannou, a competitor in the 172-pound-plus class, fell from the balcony after an argument with her boyfriend, 24-year-old Giorgos Chrisostomides.

Police questioned Chrisostomides and released him. Relatives and neighbors said he was inconsolable, and jumped from the same balcony two days later. He remains hospitalized in critical condition at Athens' Evangelismos hospital.

Ioannou, a student at the Athens Gymnastics Academy, was a promising Olympian in a sport that only recently gained popularity in Greece. With only four years of experience, she had won three national championships, and a bronze medal in the 2002 Balkan championships.

08-24-2004, 07:03 PM
that's tragic.

this sounds bad, but i admire his jumping off the same balcony...

08-24-2004, 07:13 PM
oh man.

thats awful.

for a change, no irreverent cracks from this cowboy...:(