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The Complete Book of the Summer Olympics: Athens [Paperback]

David Wallechinsky
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June 18 2004 1894963326 978-1894963329 2004 Edition
Completely updated, this ultimate Olympic reference book contains all the nitty-gritty detail,including all records, statistics and medal standings as well as results of the top eight finishers in every Olympic event from the 1896 Games in Athens to the 200 edition in Sydney.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Grab this book if you can July 9 2004
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Format:Paperback
This book gives you all the top 8 finishes in Olympic History. Most sources give you the top 3 or some give you the winners only. In Track and Field, they tell you that Bob Hayes won the 100 meters in 10.05 in 1964 in all others they tell you 10.0. Most people don't know that Tokyo used auto-timers for their Track events and you know that Henry Carr won 200m in 20.36, Mike Larrabee 400m in 45.15.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grab this book if you can July 9 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book gives you all the top 8 finishes in Olympic History. Most sources give you the top 3 or some give you the winners only. In Track and Field, they tell you that Bob Hayes won the 100 meters in 10.05 in 1964 in all others they tell you 10.0. Most people don't know that Tokyo used auto-timers for their Track events and you know that Henry Carr won 200m in 20.36, Mike Larrabee 400m in 45.15.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE Olympic book to have. Aug. 18 2004
By Taylor Jernigan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
After a long search for an Olympic record/history book, I am very glad that I found this one. As another reviewer pointed out, one of the jewels of this book is that it list first through eighth place for all events. And it covers ALL events, including the discontinued ones (tug-of-war, croquet, the swimming obstacle race, etc...). There is also a short background history on a vast majority of the entries which is excellent. I have been extremely happy with this book and I'm relying heavily on it now during the Athens Games. I will definitely buy his next Complete Book of the Winter Olympics.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice Acquisition Oct. 31 2008
By Sergio R. Porto - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
It's a very nice acquisition considering the space available. It is true that you can gather much more information on a specific Summer Olympic Games website, but then you would need a volume for each edition of the Games.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Devastating factual mistake sinks this book to the bottom Aug. 24 2004
By Homer Rimpson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book has an unbelievable and remarkable factual mistake which simply should not be allowed to happen. The Swedish World Champion in Wrestling, Mikael Ljungberg, a national hero who is also an Olympic champion is accused of having been doped and disqualified in the past and barred from championships for 2 years!! This blatant LIE is admitted by the sloppy author who is nevertheless facing legal action from the Swedish wrestling community and Mr. Ljungberg himself. Throw it in trash please!
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