The Greek gymnast, Anna Pollatou, who had won a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, was killed in a car accident on Saturday, May 17.
The 30-year-old athlete, died when her vehicle was involved in a collision with a pick-up truck on the road from Patra to Pyrgos in the Western Peloponnese, Greece. Pollatou was heading to her birthplace, the island of Kefalonia, in order to vote in local elections. Her death has caused shock and sorrow to the Greek sports scene.
“The Greek Gymnastics Federation expresses its condolences to the relatives of Anna Pollatou and feels deep sorrow for the untimely loss of a gymnast who was a role model. She was a young woman who had much to offer, and not only to sports,” stated the national body.
Anna Pollatou was born October,8, 1983 in the island of Kefalonia. She had participated with the National Team in the 1999 World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships, in Osaka, Japan winning the gold medal. She had also won three gold medals in the European Championships in Budapest in 1999. Pollatou had won the bronze in the rhythmic team event in Sydney, retiring the following year and taking up coaching.