The boyfriend of the Greek athlete who fell from her apartment over the weekend threw himself off the same balcony yesterday in Athens, a Greek Olympic official said.
Giorgos Chrisostomides, the boyfriend of Greek judoka Eleni Ioannou, was on life-support in the intensive care unit of an Athens hospital, the official said. Ioannou, who fell from the same third-floor balcony Saturday, remained in critical but stable condition last night at another hospital.
Yiorgos Gakis of the Hellenic Olympic Committee, the Greeks' organizing body, said Ioannou, 20, had surgery last night to repair broken bones, and had received "13 bottles of blood and nine bottles of plasma. We hope that she will be alive," Gakis said.
Athens police are investigating the circumstances under which Ioannou fell.
The couple apparently had a fight before the fall. Chrisostomides had been questioned but not detained.
The Associated Press reported that Chrisostomides, an unemployed auto mechanic, had tried to jump Sunday before relatives and friends restrained him. "I'm going to find Eleni," he had yelled, according to the AP. He jumped yesterday during lunch with his grandmother in the apartment.
Ioannou would have competed in the 78-kilogram-plus weight class in judo.
She had planned to move into the Olympic Village with the rest of the Greek judo team tomorrow, two days before the Opening Ceremonies.
The Chicago and New York City marathons will award $500,000 to an American man or woman who wins the 2004 Olympic marathon in Athens for a total possible payout of $1 million.
Marathoner Alan Culpepper of Boulder, Colo., said the runners are not driven by money but called the $1 million prize a "nice added feature."
"At 22, 23, 24 miles, I guarantee none of us will be thinking of the money," he said. "We'll be thinking about how to stay on our feet and moving forward. If you're thinking about that, you're probably not in the right state of mind."
Carey Pinkowski, director of the Chicago Marathon, had his own guarantee.
"If any American is leading at mile 24," he said, "I will be thinking about money."
The women's Olympic marathon will be run Aug. 22, and the men's race will close the Games Aug. 29.
FIFA's Doping Policies Set
FIFA President Sepp Blatter insisted that soccer's governing body would continue with its doping policies, despite criticism that players get lighter sanctions than those who participate in other sports.
There must be "individual case management" instead of a fixed two-year suspension for a first doping offense, he told reporters two days ahead of the start of the Olympic soccer tournament.
"Everybody has the right to be assessed properly when he is in infraction of any law," Blatter said. "It has to be analyzed -- how old the player is, what he has taken, what is his background."
He cited cases in which soccer players tested positive for bodybuilding drugs even though the substances wouldn't likely have improved their performance.
Among the high-profile cases in recent months, Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand was banned for eight months by the English Football Association after he failed to attend a random doping test. Under the World Anti-Doping Agency code, that would have resulted in a two-year ban.
Blatter signed WADA's anti-doping code on behalf of FIFA earlier this year, fulfilling an International Olympic Committee requirement for all Olympic sports. But he said his signature was accompanied by a statement of FIFA's understanding of the rules, which includes the right of federations to impose lower sanctions if they consider them appropriate.
He said he was disappointed that WADA wants unconditional acceptance of the code.
"We won't reconsider a document which has been signed in front of the member associations of FIFA," Blatter said. "It is signed, it is over and finished, and we work on that."
Farnaz Khadem, WADA's communications director, told the Associated Press that FIFA's acceptance of the code was condition-free.
"When FIFA accepted the code in May, we made it clear that there are no special deals or agreements with anyone," she said.