Alexandros Nikolaidis offered Greece its 16th Medal at the Athens 2004 Olympic Summer Games, that ended yesterday. Nikolaidis lost at the finals of the men’s over 80kg taekwondo event from Dae Sung Moon of Korea who won the gold medal. In the bronze medal match, Pascal Gentil from France defeated Ibrahim Kamal from Jordan. Alexandros Nikolaidis qualified for the final, beating Ibrahim Kamal 6-3 in the semi-finals.
Men’s water polo Greek team fail to capture the bronze medal, loosing to Russia. Hungary won the gold medal in the men’s water polo final on Sunday beating Serbia/Montenegro 8-7, in what ended up being a very suspenseful match.
Stefano Baldini of Italy was the gold medalist in the men’s marathon, which started in Marathon, Attica and finished at the Panathinaiko Stadium in Athens, following the classic Marathon route of 42.195 km, which Spyros Louis had won for the first time in the 1896 Athens Olympics. The 33-year old Baldini finished in 2:10:54. Mebrahtom Keflezighi of the US finished second in 2:11:29 to win the silver, while Vanderlei Lima from Brazil won the bronze, finishing in 2:12:11.
Nikolaos Polias of Greece finished 23rd in 2:17:56 .
An unknown individual who claimed to be Irish, disrupted the Marathon race by pushing Brazilian runner Vanderlei Lima and then holding on to him to stop him from continuing the race. He has been taken to Attica Police headquarters for questioning. The incident occurred as the Brazilian athlete was running along Messoghion Avenue and in the lead.
Other spectators and a policeman intervened immediately, allowing Lima to continue racing. The individual was arrested and initially sent to the Holargos police station from where he was transferred to Attica Police headquarters.
A small group of self-proclaimed anarchists hurled firebombs at police patrolling in central Athens early Sunday, authorities said. No injuries or damage were reported. Police said the attack happened at 3 a.m. in the tourist area of Monastiraki near the Acropolis, where police forces have been positioned for the past few weeks to secure the Athens Olympics. Officers used tear gas to push back the anarchists, who then retreated after throwing rocks and setting fire to trash cans along the road.