Monday, August 01, 2016
2004 summer olympics
Athens was host for the second time in 108 years. they ran from August 13-29. 201 nations were at the games. shot put was contested on the site of the ancient Olympics, while archery was at Panathinaikos stadium, same site as in 1896. the marathon was on the same route 1896 - running from the site of the Battle of Marathon to Panathinaikos stadium. women's wrestling and women's sabre were held for the first time. while leading the men's marathon, with less that 10km Vanderlei de Lima of Brazil was pushed into the crowd by a defrocked Irish priest. he eventually got away and ended up with the bronze and won the Pierre de Coubertin award for his display at the end of the marathon. while in the women's marathon, Paula Radcliffe has a spectacular wipeout, leaving Mizuki Noguchi winning the marathon. Hicham El Guerrouj won the 1500m and 5000m, the first time since Paavo Nurmi in 1924 to do so. Greek Fani Halkia camo out of retirement to win the 400m hurdles. the U.S. was handed its first loss since sending NBA players in 1992, losing to Puerto Rico. they ended up losing in the semi finals to Argentina, who beat Italy for gold in the finals. Michael Phelps won 8 swimming medals (6g and 2b) becoming the first athlete to win eight medals in a non boycotted Olympics. Canada won 12 medals (3g 6s 3b) at the games. tomorrow - the 2008 Olympics. below is the logo for 2004.