Olympiad Ends With International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge calls the 2004 Games, held at their historic birthplace, "dream games." But on the last day of an Olympiad that lacked any serious security breaches, a protester waylaid marathon leader Lima Vanderlei, who then finished third. NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports.
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Olympiad Ends Amid Shows of Spirit and Relief

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Olympiad Ends Amid Shows of Spirit and Relief

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Brazil's Lima Vanderlei crosses the finish line to win the bronze medal in the men's marathon of the Athens Olympic Games. Reuters hide caption

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International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge calls the 2004 Games, held at their historic birthplace, "dream games." But on the last day of an Olympiad that lacked any serious security breaches, a protester waylaid Brazilian marathoner Lima Vanderlei, who had been leading the race with some four miles left. Vanderlei finished third.

As NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports, Vanderlei's imitation of an airplane as he entered the main stadium drew a warm response from the crowd. Olympic officials said his act embraced the spirit of the games.