Latvia at the 2004 Summer Olympics
|Latvia at the|
2004 Summer Olympics
|NOC||Latvian Olympic Committee|
|Competitors||32 in 11 sports|
|Flag bearer||Vadims Vasiļevskis|
|Summer Olympics appearances (overview)|
|Other related appearances|
| Russian Empire (1908–1912)|
Soviet Union (1952–1988)
The Latvian Olympic Committee sent the nation's smallest delegation to the Games since the breakup of the Soviet Union. A total of 32 athletes, 22 men and 10 women, competed only in 11 sports. Fourteen athletes had previously competed in Sydney, including silver medalist Aigars Fadejevs in men's race walk, defending Olympic champion Igors Vihrovs in men's floor exercises, and judoka and bronze medalist Vsevolods Zeļonijs. Pistol shooter and former Olympic champion Afanasijs Kuzmins, the oldest of the team, at age 57, became the first Latvian athlete to compete in seven Olympic games (including three of his appearances under the Soviet Union). Meanwhile, javelin thrower and Latvia's top Olympic medal contender Vadims Vasiļevskis was appointed by the committee to become the nation's flag bearer in the opening ceremony.
Latvia left Athens with a total of four Olympic silver medals, surpassing a single short of the overall tally from Sydney. Three of these medals were awarded to the athletes for the first time in men's javelin throw, modern pentathlon, and weightlifting. Gymnast Jevgēņijs Saproņenko claimed another sporting medal for his team with a silver in the men's vault exercises, adding it to a prestigious gold from Igors Vihrovs in Sydney four years earlier.
|Silver||Jevgēņijs Saproņenko||Gymnastics||Men's vault||August 23|
|Silver||Viktors Ščerbatihs||Weightlifting||Men's +105 kg||August 25|
|Silver||Jeļena Rubļevska||Modern pentathlon||Women's event||August 27|
|Silver||Vadims Vasiļevskis||Athletics||Men's javelin throw||August 28|
- Note – Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
- Q = Qualified for the next round
- q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
- NR = National record
- N/A = Round not applicable for the event
- Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
- Track & road events
|Aigars Fadejevs||20 km walk||N/A||1:22:08||9|
|50 km walk||N/A||3:52:52||11|
|Modris Liepiņš||50 km walk||N/A||4:04:26||25|
|Dmitrijs Miļkevičs||800 m||1:46.66||=1 Q||N/A||1:46.62||6||Did not advance|
|Staņislavs Olijars||110 m hurdles||13.27||2 Q||13.26||1 Q||13.20||3 Q||13.21||5|
- Field events
|Voldemārs Lūsis||Javelin throw||79.27||17||Did not advance|
|Ēriks Rags||80.84||11 q||83.14||7|
|Vadims Vasiļevskis||84.43 PB||3 Q||84.95|
- Combined events – Decathlon
|Athlete||Event||100 m||LJ||SP||HJ||400 m||110H||DT||PV||JT||1500 m||Final||Rank|
- Track & road events
|Anita Liepiņa||20 km walk||N/A||1:39:54||45|
|Jeļena Prokopčuka||10000 m||N/A||31:04.10||7|
|Ieva Zunda||400 m hurdles||56.21||4||Did not advance|
- Field events
|Valentīna Gotovska||Long jump||6.41||23||Did not advance|
|Ilze Gribule||Javelin throw||54.92||34||Did not advance|
|Ineta Radēviča||Long jump||6.53||13||Did not advance|
|Triple jump||14.12||20||Did not advance|
|Dace Ruskule||Discus throw||57.43||28||Did not advance|
|Dagnis Vinogradovs||Men's C-1 500 m||1:50.776||2 q||1:52.511||5||Did not advance|
|Men's C-1 1000 m||3:57.070||4 q||3:53.656||3 Q||3:53.537||6|
Qualification Legend: Q = Qualify to final; q = Qualify to semifinal
|Andris Naudužs||Men's road race||Did not finish|
|Igors Vihrovs||All-around||9.662||9.462||9.225||9.425||9.287||9.362||56.423||17 Q||9.687||8.862||9.187||9.700||9.700||9.000||9.437||18|
|Jevgēņijs Saproņenko||Vault||N/A||9.650||N/A||9.650||7 Q||N/A||9.706||N/A||9.706|
|Athlete||Event||Round of 32||Round of 16||Quarterfinals||Semifinals||Repechage 1||Repechage 2||Repechage 3||Final / BM|
|Vsevolods Zeļonijs||Men's −73 kg|| Damdin (MGL)
|Did not advance|
(10 m air pistol)
(épée one touch)
(200 m freestyle)
|Total points||Final rank|
|Points||Rank||MP points||Results||Rank||MP points||Time||Rank||MP points||Penalties||Rank||MP points||Time||Rank||MP Points|
Latvian sailors have qualified one boat for each of the following events.
|Athlete||Event||Race||Net points||Final rank|
|Afanasijs Kuzmins||25 m rapid fire pistol||574||14||Did not advance|
Latvian swimmers earned qualifying standards in the following events (up to a maximum of 2 swimmers in each event at the A-standard time, and 1 at the B-standard time):
|Guntars Deičmans||200 m individual medley||2:03.68||25||Did not advance|
|400 m individual medley||4:29.17||30||N/A||Did not advance|
|Andrejs Dūda||100 m butterfly||56.81||53||Did not advance|
|Romāns Miloslavskis||100 m freestyle||50.94||35||Did not advance|
|200 m freestyle||1:50.83||23||Did not advance|
|Pāvels Murāns||100 m breaststroke||1:06.45||51||Did not advance|
|Agnese Ozoliņa||100 m freestyle||59.03||43||Did not advance|
One Latvian weightlifter qualified for the following events:
|Athlete||Event||Snatch||Clean & Jerk||Total||Rank|
|Viktors Ščerbatihs||Men's +105 kg||205||3||250||2||455|
Latvia has qualified the following quota places.
- VT - Victory by Fall.
- PP - Decision by Points - the loser with technical points.
- PO - Decision by Points - the loser without technical points.
- Men's Greco-Roman
|Athlete||Event||Elimination Pool||Quarterfinal||Semifinal||Final / BM|
|Igors Kostins||−96 kg|| Cheglakov (UZB)
L 1–3 PP
| Özal (TUR)
L 0–3 PO
|3||Did not advance||17|
- "Latvijas karogu Olimpiādes atklāšanā nesīs šķēpmetējs Vadims Vasiļevskis" [Javelin thrower Vadims Vasiļevskis will be the flag bearer in the Olympic opening] (in Latvian). Delfi. 11 August 2004. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
- "Karogu nesīs šķēpmetējs Vasiļevskis" [Javelin thrower Vasiļevskis will carry the flag] (in Latvian). Apollo.lv. 11 August 2004. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
- "Latvia's Sapronenko takes silver medal in Athens". Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Latvia). 24 August 2004. Retrieved 22 April 2014.
- "iaaf.org – Top Lists". IAAF. Retrieved June 4, 2011.
- "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Athens 2004 Entry Standards". IAAF. Retrieved 4 June 2011.