STRANGE RIO OLYMPICS STORIES - ATHENS LAWYER DIDN'T KNOW HE QUALIFIED UNTIL HE READ THE PAPER!
Michalis Kalomiris: The Athens lawyer who accidentally qualified for Rio 2016
Life is full of surprises. That's certainly the case for Michalis Kalomiris, an Athens lawyer, and amateur marathon runner. He was on a track and field website reading a list of athletes who would be competing in the Rio Games for Greece. It was there he came across the surprise of his life — his own name. The 30-year-old attorney had unknowingly qualified for the Rio Olympics in March 2015 while competing in the Rome Marathon. Despite being 10 minutes too slow in that race for Olympic qualification, the 30-year-old had made it onto the Greek marathon team on a technicality. There's a stipulation in the regulations set by the International Association of Athletic Federation (IAAF) that dictates an athlete may still qualify should they finish in the top 10 of a Gold Label event, and the Rome Marathon was one such occasion.