Athens Greece, August 2004
It has been confirmed that the first event in the 2004 Olympics will be the cycling Road Race. In order to show off the sights of the city to billions of expected TV viewers, the organisers have put the men's road race first on the order of events.
The marathon will be the last event in the Games; following the same course as that run in 490 BC by an Athenian soldier as he announced a Greek victory over the Persians to his commanders.
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