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"Not that my confidence builder was knocked off but it was jarred a little bit," the world's top-ranked 100 and 200 metres runner for six consecutive seasons said of her shock 100 metres defeat by Ukrainian Zhanna Pintusevich-Block at the 2001 world championships.
"To come back in 2002 and to win every single time I stepped on the track from 400 metres to 200 metres and, of course, 100 metres was a huge treat," said Jones, who had two victories over Pintusevich-Block among her 16 consecutive 100 metres triumphs in 2002.
Zeus, King of the Greek Gods, was said to have taken up residence in Olympia around 1200BC when the Eleans conquered the surrounding area.
The fearsome deity marked his ascension by hurling a thunderbolt into the sacred grove from his home atop Mount Olympus.
Spacious and with the look and feel of a more modern venue, spectator attendance grew by around 50%.
The position of the stadium had been shifted, with events no longer finishing at the altar of Zeus.
The sacred olive tree of Zeus, from which the victory wreaths were cut, marked the finishing line for all races.
The first stadium, a simple affair using the natural embankments of the surrounding hills, remained within the deified area too.
There were over 70 different altars, you could sacrifice to pretty much anyone you wanted to.” While the Eleans maintained a permanent presence at Olympia, conducting monthly sacrifices, the site turned, for one week per year, from an essentially peaceful idyll into the mad, riotous centre of Greece.The two, who began dating in the summer, spent time away from the track after Montgomery's 100 metres world record of 9.78 seconds in September.But Jones said there was not a lot of time "to kick back" and enjoy life.However, the site lost none of its religious potency during the vast majority of the 1000-plus years of the Ancient Games, its diversity being key to its survival.“The Greeks were aggressively polytheistic,” said Christesen.