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Last Updated: Saturday, 21 August, 2004, 22:59 GMT 23:59 UK
Olympic diary: Day nine
By Andrew Fraser and Phil Gordos
BBC Sport in Athens

Ben Ainslie
Smile please Ben!
Ben Ainslie's vanquished rival Mateusz Kusznierewicz admitted the best man had won gold in sailing's Finn class.

But the Pole revealed he will return home from the Games with a picture that tells a very different story.

When Kusznierewicz was leading during one of the early races, he asked Ainslie to give him a smile.

The Briton duly grinned for the photographers on the nearby press boat - providing his opponent with a golden image to go with his bronze medal.

All the talk in the build-up to the women's marathon on Sunday has been about Paula Radcliffe.

But while the heat and course may be important factors for the Brit to consider, they may be another unexpected threat to her chances.

Giant moths have congregated in the magnificent Panathinaiko Stadium, where the marathon is due to finish.

And if one of those gets up Radcliffe's nasal passage, her hopes of gold could be brought to a very unpleasant end.

The all-conquering United States had just won their 28th swimming medal on the final day of competition in the pool.

But the American journalists were more concerned with events on the basketball court than those in the water.

While they waited to quiz Michael Phelps and co, they crowded around the TV screens in the press room to watch the 'Dream Team' crash to another loss.

This time it was Lithuania inflicting an unexpected defeat on the US, winning 94-90 in the Helliniko Indoor Arena.

Links to more Olympics 2004 stories


Olympic diary: Day eight
21 Aug 04  |  Olympics 2004
Olympic diary: Day seven
20 Aug 04  |  Olympics 2004
Olympic diary: Day six
19 Aug 04  |  Olympics 2004
Olympic diary: Day five
18 Aug 04  |  Olympics 2004
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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