Fani Chalkia

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]

Fani Chalkia
Personal information
Native nameΦανή Χαλκιά
Born (1979-02-02) 2 February 1979
Larissa, Greece
Country Greece
Event(s)400 metres hurdles
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking1st
Personal best(s)52.77 sec

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.

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.

On February 19, 2016, Fani Halkia was unanimously acquitted of all charges for the use of banned substances. The Court of Appeal ruled that the former champion had fallen victim to a circuit of adulterated drugs. Along with her, her trainer Giorgos Panagiotopoulos was also acquitted, who was facing charges of supplying banned substances.

Personal bests

Date Event Venue Performance
22 August 2004 400 meters hurdles Athens, Greece 52.77 s (OR)
12 September 2004 400 meters Berlin, Germany 50.56 s (NR)
6 March 2004 400 meters (indoor) Budapest, Hungary 51.68 s (NR)
24 June 2007 200 meters Munich, Germany 23.30 s [6]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Greece
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France 27th (h) 400m hurdles 62.50
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 6th 400 m 52.90
6th 4 × 400 m relay 3:39.23
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 1st 400 m hurdles 52.82
7th 4 × 400 m relay 3:45.70
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 4th 400 m hurdles 55.10
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd 400 m hurdles 54.02
World Cup Athens, Greece 5th 400 m 50.94 (SB)
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 22nd (h) 400 m hurdles 56.58


  1. "Faní Halkia". International Association of Athletics Federations. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  2. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Fani Khalkia". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 3 December 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  3. "Greece's Halkia fails test: officials". Reuters. 16 August 2008. Retrieved 2011-12-30.
  4. "Greek champion fails drugs test". BBC News. 2008-08-17. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  5. "IOC DISCIPLINARY COMMISSION DECISION REGARDING Ms FANI CHALKIA" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-09-08.
  6. "Greek all-time list, women". Athletixorg. Archived from the original on December 3, 2013.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Yuliya Pechonkina
Women's 400 m Hurdles Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Yuliya Pechonkina

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