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01 Jun 2004
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An olive branch for the marathon champion

The champion of the marathon event at the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad in Athens will not only receive the gold medal, but also be symbolically crowned with an olive branch, the reward given to athletes at the Games of Antiquity.

Glory, peace and wisdom
In Antiquity, the olive tree symbolised glory, peace and wisdom. The branch from a centuries-old olive tree located in the commune of Vouves, 30 km from Chania, was presented on 30 May 2004 by the Mayor of this commune to Yiorgos Roubanis, the veteran Greek pole-vaulter and bronze medallist at the Melbourne Games in 1956

Replica of a Minoan ship
Yiorgos Roubanis, a crew member of the Minoa, a replica of a 3,500-year-old Minoan ship, which left the port of Chania on Saturday for its first voyage on the Aegean Sea, must give this branch to the President of the Organising Committee of the Athens Olympic Games (ATHOC), Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki, upon the Minoa’s arrival in Piraeus on 18 June.

Marathon on historic route
At the Athens Games, the marathon will be staged on the historic route from the Stadium in the town of Marathon to the Panathinaiko Stadium.
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