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Russia’s national flag is raised at a ceremony in the Athens Olympic Village / Photo: Reuters

Athens 2004


Russian athletes first participated in the Olympic Games in 1908 (in London) with figure skater Nikolai Panin-Kolomenkin winning the first Russian gold medal. In 1911, Russian Olympic Committee was formed under the patronage of Tsar Nicholas II and in 1912 the Russian team took part in the Summer Games in Stockholm, Sweden, this being the Russian Empire’s second and last outing in the Olympics. After the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution it took as long as until 1952 for Russia to return to the world of Olympics, when Soviet Olympic Committee was created and Soviet athletes participated in the Summer Games in Helsinki, Finland.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, it was first the CIS’ team that was sent to the 1994 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. The Russian national team then participated in 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, and in all games henceforth.

The Russian national team at the Summer Olympics in Athens is comprised of 540 athletes, among them such hopefuls as Alina Kabaeva (Rhythmic Gymnastics), Yelena Dementyeva (Tennis) and Anastasiya Myskina (Tennis).

Russia’s Medals at Athens 2004


Athletics — Women’s Pole Vault — ISINBAYEVA Yelena
Athletics — Women’s Discus Throw — SADOVA Natalya
Athletics — Women’s Hammer Throw — KUZENKOVA Olga
Cycling Track — Men’s Points Race — IGNATYEV Mikhail
Cycling Track — Women’s Points Race — SLYUSAREVA Olga
Fencing — Women’s Team Epee — RUS
Modern Pentathlon — Men MOISEEV Andrey
Rowing — Men’s Quadruple Sculls RUS
Shooting — Men’s 50m Pistol — NESTRUEV Mikhail
Shooting — Men’s Trap — ALIPOV Alexei
Shooting — Women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions — GALKINA Lioubov
Synchronised Swimming — Duet RUS
Weightlifling — Men’s 105kg — BERESTOV Dmitry
WR — Men’s Greco-Roman 84kg — MICHINE Alexei
WR — Men’s Greco-Roman 120kg — BAROEV Khasan


Athletics — Men’s 50km Walk — NIZHEGORODOV Denis
Athletics — Women’s Pole Vault — FEOFANOVA Svetlana
Athletics — Women’s 20km Walk- IVANOVA Olimpiada
Canoe/Kayak Flatwater — Men’s C2 1000m RUS
Cycling Road — Men’s Individual Time Trial — EKIMOV Viatcheslav
Cycling Track — Women’s Sprint — ABASSOVA Tamilla
Diving — Women’s Synchr 3m Springboard  — RUS
Diving — Women’s Synchr 10m Platform  — RUS
Gymnastics Artistic — Women’s Individual All-Around — KHORKINA Svetlana
Trampoline — Men — MOSKALENKO Alexander
Judo — Men’s —73 kg — MAKAROV Vitaliy
Judo — Men’s +100 kg — TMENOV Tamerlan
Shooting — Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol — POLIAKOV Sergei
Shooting — Men’s 10m Air Pistol — NESTRUEV Mikhail
Shooting — Men’s 10m Running Target — BLINOV Alexander
Shooting — Women’s 10m Air Rifle — GALKINA Lioubov
Swimming — Women’s 200m Backstroke- KOMAROVA Stanislava
Weightlifling — Men’s 94kg — AKKAEV Khadjimourad
Weightlifling — Women’s 75kg — ZABOLOTNAIA Natalia
WR — Men’s Greco-Roman 55kg — MAMEDALIEV Gueidar
WR — Women’s Freestyle 72kg — MANIOUROVA Gouzel


Athletics — Men’s Triple Jump — BURKENYA Danila
Athletics — Men’s 50km Walk — VOYEVODIN Aleksey
Athletics — Women’s 400m — ANTYUKH Natalya
Athletics — Women’s Triple Jump — LEBEDEVA Tatyana
Athletics — Women’s Shot Put — KRIVELYOVA Svetlana
Cycling Road — Women’s Road Race — SLYUSAREVA Olga
Diving — Women’s 3m Springboard — PAKHALINA Yulia
Diving — Men’s 3m Springboard — SAUTIN Dmitri
Fencing — Men’s Individual Epee — KOLOBKOV Pavel
Fencing — Men’s Team Foil  — RUS
Fencing — Men’s Team Sabre  — RUS
Gymnastics Artistic — Women’s Vault — PAVLOVA Anna
Gymnastics Artistic — Women’s Team  — RUS
Judo — Men’s —81 kg — NOSSOV Dmitri
Judo — Men’s —90 kg — TAOV Khasanbi
Judo — Women’s +78 kg — DONGUZASHVILI Tea
Shooting — Men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol — ALIFIRENKO Sergei
Shooting — Men’s 10m Air Pistol ISAKOV Vladimir
Shooting — Men’s 10m Running Target — LYKIN Dimitri
Weightlifling — Men’s 77kg — PEREPETCHENOV Oleg
Weightlifling — Men’s 94kg — TJUKIN Eduard
Weightlifling — Women’s 69kg — KASAEVA Zarema
Weightlifling — Women’s 75kg — POPOVA Valentina
WR — Men’s Greco-Roman 74kg — SAMOURGACHEV Varteres

Updated: 23.09.2005 21:36 MSK


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