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August 31, 2004 17:15 IST

The Great Indian Excuses resurface
There seems to be no end to the excuses given by Indian athletes for their shoddy performances.
- India's best and worst

El Guerrouj confirms he is the greatest
An Olympic gold medal is viewed as final confirmation that an athlete is truly the best of his or her time.

- Doping weighs heavily on lifters
- Phelps sets new standard
- China sprint towards Beijing 2008
- Baldini wins men's marathon
- All the results from the Games

The Closing Ceremony
Images from the closing ceremony of the Olympic Games in Athens.
Photograph: Getty Images
Two-lap czar
Yuriy Borzakovskiy
Indian athletes should train in China
P T Usha
Today in Athens
Aug 29
Sad end to my Olympics
Dhanraj Pillay

Lot to learn from the semis
V Bhaskaran

- Indian 4x400 quartet finishes 7th
- Indian wrestlers bow out
- 4x400 team breaks Nat. mark
- Anju breaks Nat. record, finishes 6th
- Foreign coaches are must: Zafar
- Pillay, Dhillon opt out of Pak tour
- Dhanraj not ready to quit
- Kumar wins but fails to advance
- Wrestler Anuj finishes 16th in 84kg
- Bobby Aloysius crashes out
- Misery ends for Indian sailing duo
- Anju in long jump final
- Pakistan whip India
Celebrating Rathore
- Athens hero Rathore thanks army
- Rathore returns to a hero's welcome
- Exclusive interview: R S Rathore
- The man behind Rathore's success
- Dutt had 'shot' Rathore in 1970
- Sunil Dutt to visit Rathore's house
- Have you met Major Rathore?
- Dr Gayatri Rathore speaks
- 'The whole family is very happy'
- 'I asked my son to return with a medal'
- Rathore strikes silver
Complete Coverage

Africa lags in medals
But it maintained their dominance of distance running at the Athens Olympics.

Greece give Games super send-off
The closing ceremony of the 28th Olympic Games was all about having a good time.

Irishman assaulted marathon leader
A former Irish priest, Cornelius Horan had also interrupted the British Formula One Grand Prix last year by running on to the Silverstone track.

Kabaeva wins rhythmic gymnastics
The 21-year-old Russian won the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-round gold medal.

Kindelan bows out in style
The lightweight clash between the 33-year-old Cuban and 17-year-old Amir Khan provided a fitting highlight to end two weeks of boxing.

Annus stripped of hammer gold
The Hungarian failed to meet an IOC deadline on Friday to submit a urine sample, handing gold to Japan's Koji Murofushi.

Brazil win men's volleyball gold
They beat Italy 3-1 in the final.

Argentina cagers usher in new world order
Athens will go down in history as the Games where an NBA propelled U.S. team lost in basketball.
- Argentina men's cagers supreme

India's performance was not bad: Dutt
India finished their Olympic campaign with only one silver medal but Sports Minister Sunil Dutt is not disappointed.

IOC chief hails "awakening of Asia"
The powerful performance at Athens by China, Japan and their neighbours marked the "awakening of Asia".

South Koreans lodge appeal
South Korea appealed to sport's supreme legal body in an attempt to secure the gymnastics all-round gold for Yang Tae-young.

Should the X-men have a go?
A pole vaulter clears 25 metres and the 100 metres final is over in 2.9 seconds. "It's like watching the X-men," a spectator gasps.

China supreme heading for Beijing
China won six out of eight Olympic titles in Athens and prompted speculation about a clean sweep when they stage the Games in Beijing in 2008.

El Guerrouj completes historic double
The Moroccan emulated the achievement of Paavo Nurmi in 1924 as he won the 5,000m to add to his 1500m gold.

Holmes adds 1500 gold to 800
The 34-year-old Briton rana well-paced race to win the women's 1500m gold at the Olympics.
- Holmes to race on

Britain stun US in men's 4x100 relay
The British team won by one hundredth of a second to pick their first gold in the event in 92 years

U.S. retain both 4x400 titles
The United States' men's and women's team completed commanding victories in the Olympic 4x400 metres relays.

Borzakovskiy wins men's 800m
The Russian timed a late run to the line to perfection to beat Denmark's Wilson Kipketer and Mbulaeni Mulaudzi of South Africa in the final few strides.

Slesarenko wins women's high jump
The Russian won the women's high jump with a personal best of 2.06m.

Thorkildsen is men's javelin champ
The 22-year-old Norwegian sent his second throw 86.50 metres, a personal best by 72cm, and was never subsequently threatened.

Argentina win first gold in 52 years
Argentina comfortably beat nine-man Paraguay 1-0 in the final of the men's soccer tournament on Saturday.

China win women's volleyball
The Chinese spikers came back from two sets down to beat Russia in five.

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 Medals Tally
Nation G S B Total
USA 35 39 29 103
CHN 32 17 14 63
RUS 27 27 38 92
AUS 17 16 16 49
JPN 16 9 12 37
IND 0 1 0 1
Complete tally
Olympics Men's Hockey
Did you know?
The Olympic motto is 'Citius-Altius-Fortius' which translates from Latin to 'Faster-Higher-Stronger'.
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