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Greece Struggles to Reach Olympics' Finish Line

Greek organizers of the 2004 Olympics like to bill it as the competition’s heady return to its birthplace, and their favorite, most frequently trumpeted illustration of that modernity-meets-antiquity theme is the planned marathon route. It is supposed to mimic the long-distance dash for which the race is named: a Greek soldier’s legendary run to ancient Athens from a battlefield in Marathon. To make that happen, construction crews began improving the relevant roads for a stampede of international athletes. But about two weeks ago, the work stopped, because the contractor encountered financial trouble. Scurrying to fix the problem, the Greek government has now pushed the deadline for the project’s completion from late March all the way to late June. Full Story

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