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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 August, 2004, 06:09 GMT 07:09 UK
Olympic diary: Day five
BY Phil Gordos and Andrew Fraser
BBC Sport in Athens

Greek judoka Ilias Iliadis
Iliadis will have the Greek stamp of approval
Greece are quick out of the blocks when it comes to making money out of their Olympic medal winners.

A few hours after Nikolaos Siranidis and Thomas Bimis won the host nation's first gold, the diving double act found their faces on a commemorative stamp.

The enterprising Greek postal service plans to honour every home athlete who wins a medal in Athens.

So judoka Ilias Iliadis will be getting a good licking on Wednesday after his gold in the men's 81kg category.

Michael Phelps raised a laugh when he told reporters he wanted to see the US men's basketball team in action once his swimming commitments were over.

Despite edging past the hosts on Tuesday, the 'Dream Team' may not be in Athens for too long following their shock opening defeat to Puerto Rico.

Phelps also said he was very keen to see compatriot Jennie Finch in the flesh. And who can blame him?

The 23-year-old American softball player was recently voted the sexiest female athlete by ESPN.

You can hardly turn around in Athens without bumping into a famous sporting face from past or present.

Five-times Tour de France winner Miguel Indurain was the latest to cross paths with the BBC Sport website.

And 'Big Mig' was only too happy to talk about Lance Armstrong in the wake of his record-breaking sixth Tour win.

"Lance is a better uphill cyclist," explained the Spaniard. "But I would have to say that against the clock I would have beaten his times."

Links to more Olympics 2004 stories


Olympic diary: Day four
17 Aug 04  |  Olympics 2004
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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