A thens recently warmed up for the 2004 Olympics by hosting the sixth International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) Championships at Panathinaikon Stadium, site of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. This was the city's largest sports event to date, with 80,000 spectators and countless more watching almost 2,000 athletes from 200 countries. The entire event was on a grand scale, starting with the opening ceremony, orchestrated by Oscar-winning composer Vangelis and featuring
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