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Athletics at the 2004 Athina Summer Games

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Date Started: August 18, 2004
Date Finished: August 28, 2004
Events: 46

Participants: 1,995 (1,079 men and 916 women) from 196 countries
Youngest Participant: VAN Katura Marae (14 years, 261 days)
Oldest Participant: ISR Haile Satayin (49 years, 141 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): JAM Veronica Campbell-Brown and USA Justin Gatlin (3 medals)
Most Medals (Country): USA United States (25 medals)

Overview

The Olympics returned to their birthplace in 2004, with the Games awarded to Athina. In addition, the Athens Organizing Committee brought back several historic sites. The shot put for men and women was held at the Ancient Olympic stadium on the Peloponnesus, with spectators sitting on the grass on the side of the hill overlooking the stadium. It was the first known athletic competition there since the Ancient Games ended in 385 C.E. The marathon race for both men and women was held on a course very similar to the one used at the 1896 Olympics. It started in Marathon and ran to Athina, finishing in the Panhellenic Stadium used for the first Modern Olympics. The athletics competition was initially disrupted on the eve of the Olympics when Konstantinos Kedéris, 2000 men’s 200 champion, and Ekaterini Thanou, 2000 women’s 100 silver medalist, were taken to a hospital after a mysterious motorcycle crash, witnessed by nobody. There were claims of missed drug tests, and that they were avoiding the doping controls, and both withdrew from the Olympics.

The two stars of the competition were Moroccan Hicham El Guerrouj and Britain’s Kelly Holmes. El Guerrouj finally won the 1,500 metres, which he had been favored to win in 1996 and 2000. For good measure he added a second gold medal in the 5K. Holmes won the 800 and 1,500 double, her first major international victories of any sort. On the roads, Poland’s Robert Korzeniowski won his third consecutive 50 km. walk, by over four minutes, and then called it a career.

Medalists

Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's 100 metres USA Justin Gatlin POR Francis Obikwelu USA Maurice Greene
Men's 200 metres USA Shawn Crawford USA Bernard Williams, III USA Justin Gatlin
Men's 400 metres USA Jeremy Wariner USA Otis Harris USA Derrick Brew
Men's 800 metres RUS Yury Borzakovsky RSA Mbulaeni Mulaudzi DEN Wilson Kipketer
Men's 1,500 metres MAR Hicham El Guerrouj KEN Bernard Lagat POR Rui Silva
Men's 5,000 metres MAR Hicham El Guerrouj ETH Kenenisa Bekele KEN Eliud Kipchoge
Men's 10,000 metres ETH Kenenisa Bekele ETH Sileshi Sihine ERI Zersenay Tadesse
Men's Marathon ITA Stefano Baldini USA Meb Keflezighi BRA Vanderlei de Lima
Men's 110 metres Hurdles CHN Liu Xiang USA Terrence Trammell CUB Anier García
Men's 400 metres Hurdles DOM Félix Sánchez JAM Danny McFarlane FRA Naman Keïta
Men's 3,000 metres Steeplechase KEN Ezekiel Kemboi KEN Brimin Kipruto KEN Paul Kipsiele Koech
Men's 4 × 100 metres Relay GBR Great Britain USA United States NGR Nigeria
Men's 4 × 400 metres Relay USA United States AUS Australia NGR Nigeria
Men's 20 kilometres Walk ITA Ivano Brugnetti ESP Francisco Javier Fernández AUS Nathan Deakes
Men's 50 kilometres Walk POL Robert Korzeniowski RUS Denis Nizhegorodov RUS Aleksey Voyevodin
Men's High Jump SWE Stefan Holm USA Matt Hemingway CZE Jaroslav Bába
Men's Pole Vault USA Tim Mack USA Toby Stevenson ITA Giuseppe Gibilisco
Men's Long Jump USA Dwight Phillips USA John Moffitt ESP Joan Lino Martínez
Men's Triple Jump SWE Christian Olsson ROU Marian Oprea RUS Daniil Burkenya
Men's Shot Put USA Adam Nelson DEN Joachim Olsen ESP Manuel Martínez
Men's Discus Throw LTU Virgilijus Alekna HUN Zoltán Kővágó EST Aleksander Tammert
Men's Hammer Throw JPN Koji Murofushi TUR Eşref Apak
Men's Javelin Throw NOR Andreas Thorkildsen LAT Vadims Vasiļevskis RUS Sergey Makarov
Men's Decathlon CZE Roman Šebrle USA Bryan Clay KAZ Dmitry Karpov
Women's 100 metres BLR Yuliya Nesterenko USA Lauryn Williams JAM Veronica Campbell-Brown
Women's 200 metres JAM Veronica Campbell-Brown USA Allyson Felix BAH Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie
Women's 400 metres BAH Tonique Williams-Darling MEX Ana Guevara RUS Nataliya Antyukh
Women's 800 metres GBR Kelly Holmes MAR Hasna Benhassi SLO Jolanda Čeplak
Women's 1,500 metres GBR Kelly Holmes RUS Tatyana Tomashova ROU Maria Cioncan
Women's 5,000 metres ETH Meseret Defar KEN Isabella Ochichi ETH Tirunesh Dibaba
Women's 10,000 metres CHN Xing Huina ETH Ejegayehu Dibaba ETH Derartu Tulu
Women's Marathon JPN Mizuki Noguchi KEN Catherine Ndereba USA Deena Drossin-Kastor
Women's 100 metres Hurdles USA Joanna Hayes UKR Olena Ovcharova-Krasovska USA Melissa Morrison
Women's 400 metres Hurdles GRE Fani Khalkia ROU Ionela Târlea-Manolache UKR Tetiana Tereshchuk-Antypova
Women's 4 × 100 metres Relay JAM Jamaica RUS Russia FRA France
Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay USA United States RUS Russia JAM Jamaica
Women's 20 kilometres Walk GRE Athanasia Tsoumeleka RUS Olimpiada Ivanova AUS Jane Saville
Women's High Jump RUS Yelena Slesarenko RSA Hestrie Storbeck-Cloete UKR Vita Stopina
Women's Pole Vault RUS Yelena Isinbayeva RUS Svetlana Feofanova POL Anna Rogowska
Women's Long Jump RUS Tatyana Lebedeva RUS Irina Simagina RUS Tatyana Kotova
Women's Triple Jump CMR Françoise Mbango GRE Pigi Devetzi RUS Tatyana Lebedeva
Women's Shot Put CUB Yumileidi Cumbá GER Nadine Kleinert-Schmitt
Women's Discus Throw RUS Nataliya Sadova GRE Anastasia Kelesidou CZE Věra Pošpísilová-Cechlová
Women's Hammer Throw RUS Olga Kuzenkova CUB Yipsi Moreno CUB Yunaika Crawford
Women's Javelin Throw CUB Osleidys Menéndez GER Steffi Nerius GRE Mirela Maniani-Tzelili
Women's Heptathlon SWE Carolina Klüft LTU Austra Skujytė GBR Kelly Sotherton