About the Games
10,625 athletes from 201 teams participated in Athens 2004 Summer Olympics and competed in 301 events.
Most medals won in Athens 2012 (from a total of 74 teams) by: 1. USA – 101 (36, 39, 26), 2. China – 63 (32, 17, 14), 3. Russia – 90 (28, 26, 36), … 45. Lithuania – 3 (1, 2, 0).
Lithuania in the Games
In London Lithuania was represented by 59 athletes of the following sports: canoeing, boxing, sailing, cycling (road and track), judo, wrestling, rowing, basketball, track and field athletics, swimming, weightlifting, shooting, and modern pentathlon.
Virgilijus Alekna defended the title of Olympic champion, even though he placed second during the event, while Hungarian Robert Fazekas was supposed to receive his gold medal during the awards ceremony the following day. However, the Hungarian violated the requirements of doping control by refusing to submit a sample for doping test and was therefore disqualified. The gold medal was awarded to the Lithuanian athlete and his result of 69 m 89 cm has since remained the Olympic record.
Track and field athlete Austra Skujytė and pentathlete Andrejus Zadneprovskis became the first Olympic vice champions of the independent Lithuania.
Edvinas Krungolcas who was second last in the modern pentathlon competition was honored in Lithuania for his actions. In the decisive running event he started 12th and had almost no hope to win a medal, therefore he decided to sacrifice his personal result, waited for A. Zadneprovskis who had a better position, and ran in front of him, thus assisting him in finishing the race.
Having consecutively won three bronze medals, this time the Lithuanian basketball team did not manage to appear on the victory podium, even though Lithuanian players did win stage I competition against the USA team and its NBA stars with the result of 94:90. The Lithuanian team and their coach Antanas Sireika faced their biggest failure in the semifinals where they lost to Italy with the score of 91:100. In the fight for bronze the Lithuanian team met the Americans once again, but this time lost (104:96).
In Athens the Lithuanian basketball team consisted of Arvydas Macijauskas, Šarūnas Jasikevičius, Saulius Štombergas, Ramūnas Šiškauskas, Robertas Javtokas, Mindaugas Žukauskas, Darius Songaila, Eurelijus Žukauskas, Vidas Ginevičius, Kšyštofas Lavrinovičius, Dainius Šalenga, and Dontas Slanina.
Track cyclist Simona Krupeckaitė placed 4th in the 500 m race.
Boxer Jaroslavas Jakšto and weightlifter Ramūnas Vyšniauskas both won 5th place, swimmer Vytautas Janušaitis and K-2 rowers Alvydas Duonėla and Egidijus Balčiūnas were 7th, and cyclists Linas Balčiūnas, Tomas Vaitkus, Raimondas Vilčinskas and Ignatas Konovalovas won 8th place in 4 km team pursuit race.
Basketball player Saulius Štombergas was Lithuania’s flag bearer during the Opening ceremony.
The shot put events were held in Olympia, while the archery competitions were staged in the same Panathenaic Stadium that was used for the 1896 Olympics. This stadium was also the finish point of the marathon race which followed the same route as the 1896 race, beginning in Marathon.
Kiribati and Timor Leste teams participated in the Olympic Games for the first time.
Women’s wrestling and women’s sabre made their debut in the Olympic programme.
Athens 2004 Olympic Games
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