"Every athlete's victory, Greek or not, is an equal honor for Greece and should be greeted with enthusiasm" ...Dimitrios Vikellas
Αρχαίον πνευμ' αθάνατον, αγνέ πατέρα
Τού ωραίου, τού μεγάλου και τού αληθινού, Κατέβα φανερώσου και άστραψε εδω πέρα Στη δόξα της δικής σου τής γής και τ' ουρανού.
Στό δρόμο και στο πάλαιμα και στο λιθάρι
Στών ευγενών αγώνων λάμψε την ορμή
Καί με τ' αμάραντο στεφάνωσε κλωνάρι
Και σιδερένιο πλάσε κι άξιο κορμί.
Κάμποι, βουνά καί πέλαγα φέγγουν μαζί σου, Σάν ένας λευκοπόρφυρος μέγας ναός
Καί τρέχει στον ναόν εδώ προσκυνητής σου, Αρχαίον πνεύμ' αθάνατον, κάθε λαός.
Charalampos Taiganidis earned the first Paralympic medal for Greece winning the gold in the men's 100m butterfly S13 final. Fast on its heels came a Greek bronze medal won by Ioannis Kostakis in the men's 100m freestyle S3 final, with a time of 1:55.79, a new Greek record. The two athletes were both warmly congratulated on their medal-winning performances by Prime Minister Kostas Karamanlis. In statements after his victory, Taiganidis underlined the fantastic audience that had filled the Olympic Aquatic Centre, saying that he had not expected such a large and enthusiastic crowd. "The public proved their love for the Paralympic Games. My goal is to beat the world record. I'm in very good shape and I can do it in my next event, which is on September 26," he said. Bronze-medallist Kostakis also referred to the audience, saying it had helped him a great deal. "To win a medal in your country is amazing," he said, noting that he was now very close to the Paralympic record.
Athens 2004 GRE - Greece = 3+13+4+20+24
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