The ancient route from Marathon to Athens comes to life with the women's footrace in the event named for the port city 42-kilometers north of the Greek capital. World record holder Paula Radcliffe of Britain will try to collect marathon gold in her first Olympic appearance. On the track, the world's fastest man will be crowned in the 100-meter race. World record holder Maurice Green of the United States will be on the track to defend his title. The men also compete in the finals of high jump, triple jump and hammer throw.
Rowing concludes with seven finals. Men's and women's gold medals await the fastest in lightweight double sculls, quadruple sculls and the eight final. The lightweight four gold will go to the men.
Olympic glory will also be won in track cycling as the women compete in the individual pursuit final. The fencing program comes to an end with the men's team epee final.
Artistic gymnastics offers five gold medals as men chase titles in the floor exercise, pommel horse and rings. The women are on the uneven bars and vault.
The women's 10-meter platform event is the highlight in diving action while tennis features finals in the men's singles draw and women's doubles competition. Table tennis crowns a winner in the women's singles final.
In shooting, the men have gold in their sights in the skeet final and 50-meter rifle three positions event. Off the Greek coast, sailors will find gold in the 49er final and Europe final.
The addition begins with the United States at the top of the standings with 46 total medals including 19 gold. China is right behind with 18 gold and 41 overall. Japan has 12 gold and 22 total medals.