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Maurice Greene is getting back into top form Athletics
Perhaps the oldest sport of all, with running, jumping and throwing events taking place thousands and thousands of years ago.

One of the most amazing events at the Games will be the marathon, as it will be run over the course that gives the event its name.

It will start outside the Marathon stadium in the town of Marathonas and will finish at the Panathinakio Stadium, just down the road from the Olympic Stadium.

It's probably the most-watched sport at the Games, and one in which Great Britain has traditionally done quite well at.

For a long time British middle and long distance runners were among the best in the world, but in recent times British sprinters have done better.

Paula Radcliffe is a big hope for Britain
Paula Radcliffe is a big hope for Britain
Who are the British hopes for Athens?
Paula Radcliffe is the big hope in the marathon. She is the world record holder and has proven to be almost unbeatable over the distance.

Men's 400m hurdler Chris Rawlinson should be in the running in his event, as he is in excellent form.

Dwain Chambers would have been a big hope had he not been banned, but former junior world champ Mark Lewis-Francis could challenge.

Triple jumper Philips Iduwu could also challenge for medals.

Kelly Holmes often runs herself into medal contention through strength of will, and if decathlete Dean Macey can stay fit he could challenge too.

Who are the big stars?
As always US sprinters will be making the headlines, with Maurice Green looking like getting back into top form.

Although superstar Marion Jones and world record holder Tim Montgomery both failed to make the US team for the women's and men's 100m.

Swedes Carolina Kluft (heptathlon) and Christian Olsson (triple jump) are expected to become huge names by the end of the Games.


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