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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 August, 2004, 05:48 GMT 06:48 UK
Olympic diary: Day 11
By Andrew Fraser and Phil Gordos
BBC Sport in Athens

Careful, it's still moving
There was very nearly a Greek tragedy at the Olympic weightlifting arena when one of the judges in the 94kg category event came within a whisker of being crushed.

Azerbajan's Nizami Pashayev was attempting to complete a lift in the snatch when his legs started to wobble.

Realising his Athens dream was about to come crashing down to earth, he flung the bar forwards in what looked like an act of frustration.

But then it started to career towards the edge of the dais, just missing one of the three judges on duty.

Spare a thought for New Zealand paddler Steven Ferguson.

The Kiwi kayak hopeful was the best of the non-qualifiers for the semi-finals of the men's flatwater K1 500m.

In fact, he was the only non-qualifier!

With six competitors qualifying by right from four heats, the seven-man field in each looked a little skinny.

And with three fastest non-qualifiers also going through, there was always going to be an odd man out.

Ferguson and Tony Lespoir of the Seychelles were some way adrift of the other 26 times as they battled for the final place in the final heat, Lespoir eventually grabbing the crucial 27th spot by a clear four seconds.

Things have been hotting up on the hillsides of the Olympic mountain bike course.

More than 90 Greek fire-fighters and a helicopter carrying fire retardant had to be mobilised to put out a forest fire, started by sparks from a power saw.

Two officials were questioned by police after the incident, which happened at the end of last week.

Things promise to be equally as fiery on Friday and Saturday when the world's best riders battle it out for gold.

Links to more Olympics 2004 stories


Olympic diary: Day ten
22 Aug 04  |  Olympics 2004
Olympic diary: Day nine
21 Aug 04  |  Olympics 2004
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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