OLYMPIC GAMES ATHENS 2004

OLYMPIC GAMES ATHENS 2004

  • DATE : 13 AUG - 29 AUG
  • COUNTRY : GREECE
  • ATHLETES : 10625
  • COUNTRIES : 201
  • EVENTS : 301

Athens 2004

In 2004 the Olympics went home to Athens, where the ancient Games were born and the modern Games were revived in 1896.

SRILNAKAN OLYMPIONS ATHENS 2004

  • Susanthika Jayasinghe - Athletics
  • Damayanthi Darsha - Athletics
  • Roshan Pradeep Kumara - Athletics
  • P.S. Amarasekera - Athletics
  • Sugath Thillakaratne - Athletics
  • A.I. Cooray - Athletics
  • Ranga Wimalawansa - Athletics
  • R. Pushpakumara - Athletics
  • Sriyani Kulawanse - Athletics
  • P.I. Ramanayake - Shooting
  • K.D.M. Wickramasinghe - Shooting
  • Ruwani Abeymanne - Shooting
  • S. Wijesuriya - Shooting
  • Conrad Francis - Swimming
  • Menaka de Silva - Swimming

BIGGEST GAMES

A record 201 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) participated in the Olympic Games. The overall tally for events on the programme was 301 (one more than at the Sydney Games in 2000).

MOST POPULAR

Popularity in the Games also soared, as 3.9 billion people had access to the television coverage compared to 3.6 billion for Sydney. This global audience enjoyed coverage of never-before seen sports such as women's wrestling, which was included in the programme for the first time.

RECORDS TUMBLE

Swimmer Michael Phelps won six gold medals and set a single-Games record with eight total medals. Leontien Ziljaard-van Moorsel became the first female cyclist to earn four career gold medals, reaching a total of six Olympic medals, while canoeist Birgit Fischer became the first athlete in any sport to win two medals in each of five Olympic Games.

MEMORABLE CHAMPIONS

Runner Hicham El Guerrouj won both the 1500m and the 5000m, while on the women's side Kelly Holmes triumphed in both the 800m and the 1500m. In team play, Argentina won the men's football tournament without conceding a goal, and the US softball team outscored their opponents by an aggregate score of 51-1.

NOCs: 201
Athletes: 10,625 athletes (4,329 women, 6,296 men)
Events: 301
Volunteers: 45,000
Media: 21,500

 

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