- 14 Aug 2004
- IOC News
La toute première médaille à une chinoise
The very first Olympic title was awarded today in Athens. Li Du (People’s Republic of China), winner of the women’s air rifle, took her place at the top of the podium. In total, 13 Olympic titles in six different sports were awarded today, the first official day of the competitions in Athens.
Switzerland in Sydney
At the Sydney Games in 2000, Switzerland’s Brigitte McMahon won the very first gold medal. Winner of the women’s triathlon, she beat Australian Micheline Jones and another Swiss woman, Magali Messmer.
Poland in Atlanta
In 1996 in Atlanta, the first national anthem to be played was that of Poland. Renate Mauer took the Olympic title in shooting in the 10m air rifle category, beating Germany’s Petra Horneber and Yugoslavia’s Aleksandra Ivosev.
The 28 sports of the Athens Games are formed by 37 disciplines. In total, 301 Olympic titles will be awarded during these Games of the XXVIII Olympiad. As is tradition, the names of all the medallists will be engraved on the walls of the Olympic Stadium in Athens.
From yesterday to today
From 1896 in Athens to 1928 in Amsterdam, the medals ceremony traditionally took place during the Closing Ceremony of the Games. From 1932 in Los Angeles, the medals were awarded after each competition.
The Olympic medal
Today the medals must have a minimum diameter of 60mm and be 3mm thick. The medal for first place must be made of gold using at least 6g of fine gold; the two other medals are made of silver.
Learn more on Athens 2004
Official website of Athens 2004