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Olympic Athlete to Watch: Justin Gatlin

ATHLETE TO WATCH

The race for the fastest man in the world begins Saturday with the 100-meter dash prelims. While Jamaica’s Usain Bolt eyes a third consecutive Olympic gold, American Justin Gatlin is going to make Bolt work for it. Gatlin, 34, is the oldest sprinter to make an American Olympic team, but his credentials are solid. He has four Olympic medals to his name, including a gold in the 100 meters at the 2004 Games before Bolt’s rise to stardom. At the 2015 World Championships in Beijing, he finished a mere .01 second behind Bolt to claim silver. Gatlin cruised to the top time at the U.S. Olympic Trials, winning in 9.80 seconds.

THIS DATE IN OLYMPICS HISTORY

Aug. 13, 2004: With more than 10,500 athletes representing 201 nations present, the 2004 Olympic Games commenced in Athens, Greece, with its opening ceremony, marking a return to the site of the first modern Olympic games after 108 years, 24 Summer Olympic Games and 21 host cities. Athens became just the fourth city to host multiple Olympics, joining Paris (1900, 1924), London (1908, 1948, 2012) and Los Angeles (1932, 1984). Tokyo will become city No. 5 when it hosts the 2020 Olympic games. The United States led the final tally with 101 overall medals, including 36 gold. China was second with 32 gold medals. Russia won 28 golds for a third-place finish. Host nation Greece finished 15th. The 2004 Olympics marked the first games where major broadcasters were allowed to serve video coverage of the Olympics over the internet.

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