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OLYMPIC EVENTS
ATHENS 2004, 3rd PART

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From day 11 to Closing Ceremony (august 24 to august 29)
Day 11, august 24, 2004
10am: collector's meeting with Olympic Museum Lausanne. A very interesting moment. We hope that it's the start of a good cooperation between serious collectors and Olympic Museum. I go to MPC/IBC and I find some pins collectors. later, I go to Olympic Complex and I find many pins collectors too and many peoples.
7.30pm: athletics at Olympic stadium, Men's Decathlon Javelin Throw, after a good 1500 m, french Laurent Hernu is 7th.
Men's Long Jump Qualifying Rounds, french Salim Sdiri is qualified with 8,08 m.
Women's Pole Vault Final, french Vanessa Boslak is 6th, russian Yelena Isinbayeva win the gold medal and the world record with 4,91 m.
Men's 3000m Steeplechase Final, 3 kenyans are winners
Men's 1500m Final, Hicham El Guerrouj win the gold medal.
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Olympic park

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Olympic
flame

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hurdles ceremony

Day 12, August 25, 2004
We go to supermarket.
7pm: some pin trades inside olympic park near olympic stadium. After, I go to stadium to see the contests.
Qualifying for men pole vault with french unqualified Nicolas Guigon, 5,40 m and Romain Mesnil, 5,65 m.
Women long jump, Marion Jones, 6,70 m and Carolina Kluft, 6,73 m are qualified. French Eunice Barber is unqualified with 6,37 m.
Women 400 m Hurdles is won by Fani Halkia, greek.
Women hammer throw final, the russian Kuzenkova is the winner.
Men 200 m semifinals with Frankie Fredericks qualification.
Women 200 m final, jamaican Campbell is the winner.
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Olympic
flame
at stadium

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Romain Mesnil
at pole vault

Day 13, August 26, 2004
Nothing particular. In the end of afternoon, I go to MPC for trading pins, many medias are here. I finish by a short meeting in Gobi restaurant where the american collectors are staying.
Day 14, August 27, 2004
I go to stadium to make some trade of pins. I meet my canadian friends Jean-Paul et Lucile. Later, one of my pin friend, Pablo, a pin soccer collector and journalist at AFP, join us to speak about pin collection. We are stopped by some volunters qui ask to Jean-Paul to store his pins because some of other collectors sold them. After a hard debate, they accept that Jean-Paul trade. Later, a civilian, maybe a policeman (Dimitri Dan..), give the order to close. Lucile try to discuss with, but no success. We renounce, but 1 h later, Jean-paul comeback and trade again without problem. I stay with him and I meet a french athlet, laurence Brize who compete in shooting. We trade some pins, I ask her an autograph, also to her friend Valerie Bellenoue, after I go to stadium.
8pm: athletics at Olympic Stadium, Men's Pole Vault Final, american Timothy Mack is the winner with 5,95 m, new olympic record.
Women's Long Jump Final, 3 russians are medalist
Men's 50km Race Walk Medal Ceremony, Robert Korzeniowski (Poland) is the winner.
Women's Javelin Throw Final, Osleidys Menendez (71,53 m) from Cuba is the winner.
Men's 4 x 400m Relay Round 1, a bad relay and the France lost all her chances.
Men's 110m Hurdles Medal Ceremony, a chinese win the gold medal
Women's 4 x 100m Relay Final, french team is bronze medal after Jamaican and US teams.
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Flags
in Stadium

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entry of Stadium

Day 15, August 28, 2004
3.30pm: taekwondo at Faliro Sports Pavilion, Women's Under 67kg Preliminaries, Repechage, finals, Men's Under 80kg Preliminaries, Repechage, finals. I start before the end to be in time at stadium.
8pm: athletics at Olympic Stadium, Women's High Jump Final, Yelena Slesarenko, Russia, win the gold medal avec a jump at 2,06 m, the African South Hestrie Cloete win the silver medal with 2,02 m and ukrainian Viktoriya Styopina the bronze medal with 2,02 m.
Women's 1500m Final, english Kelly Holmes win the gold medal, then russian Tatyana Tomashova for silver medal and Romanian Maria Cioncan
Men's Javelin Throw Final, norvegian Andreas Thorkildsen, outsider, win the gold medal with 86,50 m, then Vadims Vasilevskis for silver medal and russian Sergey Makarov for bronze medal
Men's 800m Final, winner is russian Yuriy Borzakovskiy, then south african Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and danish Wilson Kipketer.
Men's 5000m Final with a fantastic winner as Hicham El Guerrouj, then ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele and kenian Eliud Kipchoge.
Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final won by british team then USA and Nigeria
Women's 4 x 400m Relay Final won by USA, then Russia and Jamaica
Men's 4 x 400m Relay Final won by USA then Australia and Nigeria.
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Hicham El
Guerrouj
gold medal 5000 m

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taekwondo

Day 16, Closing Ceremony, August 29, 2004
Meeting with a french volunter who participate for the first time to Olympic Games. No communication with foreign volunters, the instruction were no given in english but only in greek. Not easy to understand!
9pm: Closing Ceremony Olympic Stadium. It's my last pins trading before the start of Closing Ceremony. I go to Stadium, the volunters give us a bag with a balloon, a white scarf, a light and the official program.
See you in Beijing 2008!
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Closing Ceremony

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Closing Ceremony

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Closing Ceremony

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Closing Ceremony

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