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Athletics at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Men's 100 metres

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 21, 2004
Date Finished: August 22, 2004

Gold: USA Justin Gatlin
Silver: POR Francis Obikwelu
Bronze: USA Maurice Greene

Summary

[Maurice Greene] started the new millennium by winning the 2000 Olympic gold medal and winning his third consecutive title at the World Championships in 2001. But he would be 30 years old in Athina, and injuries were doing what no runner had been able to do since 1996, bring him back to their level. Other major international champions in 2001-03 came from some unusual places, with Portugal’s [Francis Obikwelu] winning the 2002 European Championship and Kim Collins of St. Kitts & Nevis winning the 2002 Commonwealth Games and the 2003 World Championship in Paris. Greene was not in Paris but did make the US team for Athina, along with [Justin Gatlin]. Gatlin had emerged at the 2002 Southeastern Conference Championships, running for the University of Tennessee, when he won the 100, the 200 in a new collegiate record of 19.86, anchored the 4x100 relay team, and placed second in the 110 hurdles in 13.41.

A few days later, it was revealed that Gatlin had tested positive in 2001 for an amphetamine, which was in a prescription medication he had taken for a decade. This should have been announced in his medical paper work, but was not, and the IAAF considered this only “a paperwork or technical violation.” He was suspended retroactively to 2001, but was reinstated by July 2002. In Athina, Gatlin won the gold medal in a very close race over Obikwelu (1/100th second), with Maurice Greene winning a bronze medal. In 2005, Gatlin won the 100/200 double at the World Championships. In 2006, he equaled the world record of 9.77 for 100 metres. But only a few days later, he again tested positive for performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), and was suspended from international athletics for four years. Gatlin attempted to have this reduced to only two years, claiming that his original violation was only a technicality. Appeals went all the way to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in June 2008, shortly before the US Olympic Trials, but they were all denied.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Justin Gatlin 22 United States USA Gold
2 Francis Obikwelu 25 Portugal POR Silver
3 Maurice Greene 30 United States USA Bronze
4 Shawn Crawford 26 United States USA
5 Asafa Powell 21 Jamaica JAM
6 Kim Collins 28 Saint Kitts and Nevis SKN
7 Obadele Thompson 28 Barbados BAR
AC Abdul Aziz Zakari 27 Ghana GHA
5 h1 r3/4 Mark Lewis-Francis 21 Great Britain GBR
5 h2 r3/4 Jason Gardener 28 Great Britain GBR
6 h1 r3/4 Michael Frater 21 Jamaica JAM
6 h2 r3/4 Leo Myles-Mills 30 Ghana GHA
7 h1 r3/4 Ronald Pognon 21 France FRA
7 h2 r3/4 Dwight Thomas 23 Jamaica JAM
8 h1 r3/4 Uchenna Emedolu 27 Nigeria NGR
8 h2 r3/4 Vicente de Lima 27 Brazil BRA
4 h2 r2/4 Matic Osovnikar 24 Slovenia SLO
4 h3 r2/4 Nobuharu Asahara 32 Japan JPN
4 h4 r2/4 Frankie Fredericks 36 Namibia NAM
4 h5 r2/4 Łukasz Chyła 23 Poland POL
5 h1 r2/4 Shingo Suetsugu 24 Japan JPN
5 h2 r2/4 Deji Aliu 28 Nigeria NGR
5 h3 r2/4 Georgios Theodoridis 31 Greece GRE
5 h4 r2/4 Joshua Ross 23 Australia AUS
5 h5 r2/4 Kareem Streete-Thompson 31 Cayman Islands CAY
6 h1 r2/4 Pierre Browne 24 Canada CAN
6 h2 r2/4 Nicolas Macrozonaris 23 Canada CAN
6 h3 r2/4 Roland Németh 29 Hungary HUN
6 h4 r2/4 Alexander Kosenkow 27 Germany GER
6 h5 r2/4 Simone Collio 24 Italy ITA
7 h1 r2/4 Churandy Martina 20 Netherlands Antilles AHO
7 h2 r2/4 Gennady Chernovol 28 Kazakhstan KAZ
7 h3 r2/4 Nico Alexander 27 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
7 h4 r2/4 Andrey Yepishin 23 Russia RUS
7 h5 r2/4 Jarbas Mascarenhas Júnior 23 Brazil BRA
8 h1 r2/4 André da Silva 31 Brazil BRA
8 h2 r2/4 Idrissa Sanou 27 Burkina Faso BUR
8 h4 r2/4 Jaysuma Saidy Ndure 20 Gambia GAM
8 h5 r2/4 Eric N'Dri Pacome 26 Cote d'Ivoire CIV
4 h1 r1/4 Darren Campbell 30 Great Britain GBR
4 h2 r1/4 Salem Mubarak Al-Yami 22 Saudi Arabia KSA
4 h6 r1/4 Ato Boldon 30 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
4 h9 r1/4 Souhalia Alamou 24 Benin BEN
5 h1 r1/4 Chen Haijian 24 China CHN
5 h2 r1/4 Darren Gilford 21 Malta MLT
5 h4 r1/4 Diego Ferreira 28 Paraguay PAR
5 h5 r1/4 Hiroyasu Tsuchie 30 Japan JPN
5 h6 r1/4 Aimé-Issa Nthépé 31 France FRA
5 h8 r1/4 Prodromos Katsantonis 28 Cyprus CYP
5 h9 r1/4 Christie van Wyk 26 Namibia NAM
5 h10r1/4 Eddy de Lépine 20 France FRA
6 h1 r1/4 Eric Nkansah 28 Ghana GHA
6 h2 r1/4 Khalil Al-Hanahneh 24 Jordan JOR
6 h4 r1/4 Peppie de Windt 21 Aruba ARU
6 h5 r1/4 Adrian Durant 19 United States Virgin Islands ISV
6 h6 r1/4 Gábor Dobos 28 Hungary HUN
6 h7 r1/4 Lamin Tucker 21 Sierra Leone SLE
6 h8 r1/4 Chiang Wai Hung 28 Hong Kong HKG
6 h9 r1/4 Daniel Bailey 17 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
6 h10r1/4 Xavier James 28 Bermuda BER
7 h1 r1/4 Poh Seng Song 21 Singapore SIN
7 h2 r1/4 Kakianako Nariki 21 Kiribati KIR
7 h3 r1/4 Hadhari Djaffar 25 Comoros COM
7 h4 r1/4 Chamleunesouk Ao-Oudomphonh 25 Laos LAO
7 h5 r1/4 Nabie Foday Fofanah 24 Guinea GUI
7 h6 r1/4 John Howard 23 Federated States of Micronesia FSM
7 h7 r1/4 Kelsey Nakanelua 37 American Samoa ASA
7 h8 r1/4 Francis Manioru 22 Solomon Islands SOL
7 h9 r1/4 Gian Nicola Berardi 25 San Marino SMR
7 h10r1/4 Sébastien Gattuso 33 Monaco MON
8 h1 r1/4 Yazaldes Nascimento 18 Sao Tome and Principe STP
8 h3 r1/4 Sultan Saeed 28 Maldives MDV
8 h4 r1/4 Masoud Azizi 19 Afghanistan AFG
8 h5 r1/4 Harmon Harmon 24 Cook Islands COK
8 h6 r1/4 Mohammad Shamsuddin 20 Bangladesh BAN
8 h7 r1/4 Phouk Sopheak 20 Cambodia CAM
8 h8 r1/4 Teymur Qasımov 30 Azerbaijan AZE
8 h9 r1/4 Carlos Abaunza 18 Nicaragua NCA
8 h10r1/4 Wilfried Bingangoye 19 Gabon GAB
9 h8 r1/4 Filipo Muller 18 Tonga TGA
AC h2 r1/4 Marc Burns 21 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
AC h3 r1/4 Juan Sainfleur 22 Dominican Republic DOM