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28 Aug 2004
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Olympic firsts

Some other results from the past few days can be considered as “Olympic firsts”. We want to highlight some of them for you:


Cameroon has won its first gold medal by an individual athlete at the Olympic Games. By winning the triple jump, Françoise Mbango-Etone is also the first Cameroon woman to win an Olympic medal. It is also the first medal for Cameroon in athletics.

The USA has never before featured on the podium of a women's Olympic beach volleyball tournament. But on Tuesday evening in Athens, they already had two medals: the gold medal was won by Kerri Walsh and Misty May; Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs won the bronze medal.

Tonique Williams Darling made it happen: she won, for the first time, an indivudal gold medal for the Bahamas in a women’s competition, in athletics. She came first, in front of Mexican Ana Guevara, who is the first woman to win an Olympic medal in athletics for her country.

They called their medal win “an unprecedented miracle for rowing in Greece”.  Vasileios Polymeros  and Nikolaos Skiathitis were the first ever medal-winners in rowing for Greece. They finished third in the men's lightweight doubles sculls.

Greece also entered into history in the water-polo tournament. The women’s team made it to the final against Italy. It is the first medal in this discipline for the host country.

Israeli windsurfer Gal Fridman won his country's first Olympic gold medal since it joined the Games 52 years ago. Fridman, 28, won the men's Mistral title.

Austria got a first-time gold in triathlon. Australian born Kate Allen, married to an Austrian, overtook race leader Loretta Harrop 150 metres from the line.

Swimmer Kirsty Coventry, from Zimbabwe, returned from Athens as her country’s first gold medallist.  On top of her gold medal, she also won a silver and a bronze medal.


Dominicans ran into the streets, honked car horns and waved flags on Thursday to celebrate their country's first Olympic gold medal: Felix Sanchez's victory in the 400-metre hurdles.


In front of an orange sea of 7,000 mostly Dutch spectators, Germany upset the Netherlands 2-1 on Thursday to claim its first women's Olympic field hockey gold medal.

Taiwan won its first-ever Olympic gold medals on Thursday. Chen Shih Hsin won the historic first gold in the women's 49-kg category (Taekwondo), and then, the heavily-favoured Chu Mu Yen followed suit about 20 minutes later in the men's 58-kg class.

Olympic firsts (24 August 2004)

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