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Retrospective Triathlon in the Olympic Games: Athens 2004

Athens 2004 was the 2nd staging of Triathlon in the Olympics.   Fifty men and an equal number of women represented their countries in the world’s largest multi-sport event.

Prior to the Olympic proper, a test-event was held featuring the same course. Held in 2003, the winners were Denmark’s Rasmus Henning and silver medalist in Sydney 2000, Aussie Michellie Jones.

On August 25, 2004 at the Vouliagmeni Olympic Centre, Kate Allen dominated 49 other female traithletes and took gold for her country Austria with a time of 2:04:43.  7 seconds behind and bagging silver was Loretta Harrop of Australia.  Taking Bronze was Susan Williams of the United States.

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The following day, the men’s event was staged.  New Zealand took gold and silver, courtesy of Hamish Carter and Kiwi legend Bevan Docherty.  Sven Riederer of Switzerland took home bronze.

Asia was represented by delegates from Japan, China and Hong Kong.   Top finishers were Hirokatsu Tayama (1:53:28) placing 13th in the men’s field and countrywoman Machiko Nakanishi (2;08:51) finishing 20th among women.

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Check out the medalists

Male

Gold – Hamish Carter (NZL)

Silver – Bevan Docherty (NZL)

Bronze – Sven Riederer (SUI)

Female

Gold – Kate Allen (AUT)

Silver – Loretta Harrop (AUS)

Bronze – Susan Williams (USA)

In the next chapter of the series, we’ll talk Beijing 2008 where German Jan Frodeno was revealed to the world.

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