XXVIII Olympic Games


ATHENS 2004

Games of the XXVIII Olympiad

In 2004 the Olympic Games returned to Greece, the home of both the ancient Olympics and the first modern Olympics. For the first time ever 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 in Sydney 2000). Popularity in the Games reached soared to new highs as 3.9 billion people had access to the television coverage compared to 3.6 billion for Sydney 2000. Women's wrestling was included in the program for the first time. Swimmer Michael Phelps won 6 gold medals and set a single-Games record with 8 total medals. Leontien Ziljaard-van Moorsel became the first female cyclist to earn 4 career gold medals and 6 total medals, while canoeist Birgit Fischer became the first athlete in any sport to win two medals in each of 5 Olympics. Runner Hicham El Guerrouj won both the 1,500m and the 5,000m, while on the women's side Kelly Holmes triumphed in both the 800m and the 1,500m. In team play, Argentina won the men's football tournament without giving up a goal, and the U.S. softball team won by outscoring their opponents 51-1.


Participating Nations

202

Participants

10,975 athletes (4,456 women, 6,519 men)

Events

301

The top three winners were: United States of America, People's Republic of China and Russian Federation


Medal Tally of 28th Olympic Games

Rank.
Nation
Medals
Gold
  Silver
Bronze
Total
1
United States of America
36
39
27
102
2
People's Republic of China
32
17
14
63
3
Russian Federation
27
27
38
92
4
Australia
17
16
16
49
5
Japan
16
9
12
37
6
Germany
13
16
20
49
7
France
11
9
13
33
8
Italy
10
11
11
32
9
Korea
9
12
9
30
10
Great Britain
9
9
12
30
11
Cuba
9
7
11
27
12
Ukraine
9
5
9
23
13
Hungary
8
6
3
17
14
Romania
8
5
6
19
15
Greece
6
6
4
16
16
Brazil
5
2
3
10
17
Norway
5
0
1
6
18
Netherlands
4
9
9
22
19
Sweden
4
2
1
7
20
Spain
3
11
5
19
21
Canada
3
6
3
12
22
Turkey
3
3
4
10
23
Poland
3
2
5
10
24
New Zealand
3
2
0
5
25
Thailand
3
1
4
8
26
Belarus
2
6
7
15
27
Austria
2
4
1
7
28
Ethiopia
2
3
2
7
=29
Islamic Republic of Iran
2
2
2
6
=29
Slovakia
2
2
2
6
31
Chinese Taipei
2
2
1
5
32
Georgia
2
2
0
4
33
Bulgaria
2
1
9
12
=34
Jamaica
2
1
2
5
=34
Uzbekistan
2
1
2
5
36
Morocco
2
1
0
3
37
Denmark
2
0
6
8
38
Argentina
2
0
4
6
39
Chile
2
0
1
3
40
Kazakhstan
1
4
3
8
41
Kenya
1
4
2
7
42
Czech Republic
1
3
4
8
43
South Africa
1
3
2
6
44
Croatia
1
2
2
5
45
Lithuania
1
2
0
3
=46
Egypt
1
1
3
5
=46
Switzerland
1
1
3
5
48
Indonesia
1
1
2
4
49
Zimbabwe
1
1
1
3
50
Azerbaijan
1
0
4
5
51
Belgium
1
0
2
3
=52
Bahamas
1
0
1
2
=52
Israel
1
0
1
2
=54
Cameroon
1
0
0
1
=54
Dominican Republic
1
0
0
1
=54
United Arab Emirates
1
0
0
1
57
DPR Korea
0
4
1
5
58
Latvia
0
4
0
4
59
Mexico
0
3
1
4
60
Portugal
0
2
1
3
=61
Finland
0
2
0
2
=61
Serbia and Montenegro
0
2
0
2
63
Slovenia
0
1
3
4
64
Estonia
0
1
2
3
=65
Hong-Kong
0
1
0
1
=65
India
0
1
0
1
=65
Paraguay
0
1
0
1
=68
Colombia
0
0
2
2
=68
Nigeria
0
0
2
2
=68
Venezuela
0
0
2
2
=71
Eritrea
0
0
1
1
=71
Mongolia
0
0
1
1
=71
Syrian Arab Republic
0
0
1
1
=71
Trinidad and Tobago
0
0
1
1
Total
301
301
327
929