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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 August, 2004, 06:56 GMT 07:56 UK
Olympic diary: Day four
By Andy Fraser and Phil Gordos
BBC Sport in Athens

Pieter van den Hoogenband (left) and Ian Thorpe
The swimmers unintentionally caused a war of words
The underlying tensions between members of the world's media boiled over during post-race swimming news conferences on Monday evening.

Chinese television cameramen were furious when Dutch reporters rushed across their line of vision as Luo Xuejuan gave her views on her victory in the women's 100m breaststroke.

The centre's media manager apologised to the gold medallist for the stampede, which was prompted by the premature appearance of Dutch star Pieter van den Hoogenband.

The mood was so tetchy afterwards that even Australian superstar Ian Thorpe copped an earful because his microphone was not turned on when he started speaking.

Tim Henman's hopes of winning tennis gold may have ended with his meek surrender against Jiri Novak.

But Tiger Tim will be able to claim a share of the credit if Britain's hockey team upset the form book to win a medal.

GB goalkeeper Simon Mason likes to practise his skills by having tennis balls fired at him from all angles.

And Henman has lent Mason one of his rackets so his training partner can put some extra pace on his delivery.

Links to more Olympics 2004 stories


Olympic diary: Day three
16 Aug 04  |  Olympics 2004
Olympic diary: Day two
15 Aug 04  |  Olympics 2004
Olympic diary: Day one
14 Aug 04  |  Olympics 2004


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