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Last Updated: Sunday, 15 August, 2004, 05:50 GMT 06:50 UK
Olympic diary: Day two
By Andrew Fraser
BBC Sport in Athens

The Olympic Stadium floor, which featured the opening ceremony pool, is taken apart on the first day
The stadium recovers from the revelries of the opening night party

Exhausted Athens workmen must have been desperate for a few days off after their frantic efforts to get the city ready for the Games.

But they were back on duty the morning after the opening ceremony, racing to prepare the main stadium for the track and field events.

A quick snoop inside the arena revealed a chaotic scene as the clear-up operation began after one of the biggest parties the city has ever seen.

Given what they have already had to put up with, though, the Athenian workforce is hardly likely to lose any sleep over its latest deadline.

Patriotic attempts to inspire British competitors at the Games have not gone down well with the powers that be.

The Union Flag, which GB's judo support team suspended from the railings as Craig Fallon mounted his unsuccessful bid for a medal, was swiftly removed because it was deemed too big.

And the same thing happened when Team GB officials tried to provide a visual boost for diving heroes Peter Waterfield and Leon Taylor.

But the British pair had the last laugh when a giant red, white and blue flag was finally displayed for all to see - at the medal ceremony.

After marching together during the opening ceremony, North and South Koreans maintained their cordial relations at the judo venue.

A raucous band of supporters teamed up to roar on judoka from both nations, pretty much without distinction.

Their drums and trumpets even drowned out the noise from the larger Japanese contingent, until gold medals for Ryoko Tani and Tadahiro Nomura saw them raise the roof.

There was a potential flashpoint in the draw, with fighters from north and south due to clash in the quarter-finals, but the North Korean defused the situation by losing in the first round.

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Olympic diary: Day one
14 Aug 04  |  Olympics 2004


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