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Blistering temperatures highlight start

Updated: August 14, 2004, 4:18 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- The host city sizzled, in more ways than one, as the Olympics kicked into high gear Saturday with gold-medal debuts by the world's two most powerful swimmers, the suspension of Greece's two star sprinters, and scorching temperatures that plagued athletes and fans alike.

With heat at some venues topping 100 degrees, cycling officials eased their rules so support crews in cars could hand their riders extra water during a grueling road race that looped around the Acropolis ...

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