2004 in sports

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2004 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.


Years in sports: 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
Centuries: 20th century · 21st century · 22nd century
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s 2010s 2020s 2030s
Years: 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007

American football[edit]

Association football[edit]

Athletics[edit]

Australian rules football[edit]

Baseball[edit]

Main article: 2004 in baseball

Basketball[edit]

Main article: 2004 in basketball

Boxing[edit]

Canadian football[edit]

Cricket[edit]

Curling[edit]

Cycle racing[edit]

Road bicycle racing

Cyclo-cross

Field hockey[edit]

Figure skating[edit]

Floorball[edit]

Gaelic Athletic Association[edit]

Gliding[edit]

Golf[edit]

Main article: 2004 in golf

Men's professional

Men's amateur

Women's professional

Handball[edit]

Harness racing[edit]

Horse racing[edit]

Steeplechases

Flat races

Ice hockey[edit]

Kabaddi[edit]

  • November 21 – India wins the first-ever World Cup kabaddi championship defeating Iran in the final held at Mumbai.

Lacrosse[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 2004 in chronological order.

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance PPV Buyrate Notes
January 16 WEC 9: Cold Blooded N/A United States Lemoore, California, US N/A N/A N/A
January 31 UFC 46: Supernatural N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US 10,700 80,000 N/A
February 1 Pride 27: Inferno N/A Japan Osaka, Japan 13,366 N/A N/A
February 15 Pride Bushido 2 N/A Japan Yokohama, Japan N/A N/A N/A
March 14 K-1 Beast 2004 in Niigata N/A Japan Niigata, Japan N/A N/A Event featured five K-1 kickboxing bouts, and four K-1 MMA bouts.
April 2 UFC 47: It's On! N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US 11,437 105,000 This event featured a highly anticipated fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz.
April 25 Pride Total Elimination 2004 N/A Japan Saitama, Japan 42,110 N/A Opening round to Pride GP 2004 heavyweight tournament.
May 21 WEC 10: Bragging Rights N/A United States Lemoore, California, US N/A N/A N/A
May 22 K-1 MMA ROMANEX N/A Japan Saitama, Japan 14,918 N/A N/A
May 23 Pride Bushido 3 N/A Japan Yokohama, Japan N/A N/A This event was highlighted by three fights between Team Gracie and Team Japan.
June 19 UFC 48: Payback N/A United States Las Vegas, Nevada, US 10,000 110,000 N/A
June 20 Pride Critical Countdown 2004 N/A Japan Saitama, Japan 43,711 N/A Quarterfinals to Pride GP 2004 heavyweight tournament.
July 19 Pride Bushido 4 N/A Japan Nagoya, Japan N/A N/A This event was highlighted by three fights between Brazilian Top Team and Team Japan.
August 15 Pride Final Conflict 2004 N/A Japan Saitama, Japan 47,629 N/A Semifinals and final to Pride GP 2004 heavyweight tournament.

The final between, Fedor Emelianenko and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira ended in a no contest.
A rematch for the final was rescheduled for Pride Shockwave 2004.

August 21 UFC 49: Unfinished Business N/A United States Paradise, Nevada, US 12,100 80,000 N/A
October 14 Pride Bushido 5 N/A Japan Osaka, Japan N/A N/A N/A
October 21 WEC 12: Halloween Fury 3 N/A United States Lemoore, California, US N/A N/A N/A
October 22 UFC 50: The War of '04 N/A United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, US 9,000 40,000 N/A
October 31 Pride 28: High Octane N/A Japan Saitama, Japan 24,028 N/A N/A
November 20 K-1 Fighting Network Rumble on the Rock 2004 N/A United States Honolulu, Hawaii, US 13,000 N/A N/A
December 31 Pride Shockwave 2004 N/A Japan Saitama, Japan 48,398 N/A Fedor Emelianenko becomes the Pride 2004 heavyweight Grand Prix champion.
December 31 K-1 PREMIUM 2004 Dynamite!! N/A Japan Osaka, Japan 52,918 N/A Event featured seven K-1 MMA bouts, three K-1 kickboxing bouts, and one special mixed rules bout.

Motor racing[edit]

Orienteering[edit]

  • First ever World Championship in Trail Orienteering held September 15–18 in Västerås, Sweden

Netball[edit]

  • 5 July – the reigning world champions, New Zealand's Silver Ferns, complete 3-0 Test series win over Australia with 53-46 win at Hamilton, New Zealand.

Radiosport[edit]

Rugby league[edit]

Main article: 2004 in rugby league

Rugby union[edit]

Main article: 2004 in rugby union

Ski mountaineering[edit]

Snooker[edit]

Snowboarding[edit]

  • September 19 – death of Line Oestvold, 26, Norwegian snowboarder, after a crash in training in Chile.

Speed skating[edit]

Swimming[edit]

  • January 13–14 – World Cup (short course) held at Stockholm
  • January 18 – Yang Yu sets a world record in the women's 200m butterfly (short course) in Berlin with a time of 2:04.04, exactly four years after the previous record was set.
  • March 25 – Frédérick Bousquet breaks the world record in the men's 50m freestyle (short course) at New York City, clocking 21.10
  • May 5–16) – 27th European LC Championships held at Madrid
    • Russia wins the most medals (16) and Ukraine the most gold medals (9)
  • August 14–22] – Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics held at Athens
    • USA wins the most medals (28) and the most gold medals (12)
  • (October 7-1) – 7th World Short Course Championships held at Indianapolis
    • USA wins the most medals (41) and the most gold medals (21)
  • December 9–12 – 8th European SC Championships held at Vienna
    • Germany wins the most medals (22) and the most gold medals (9)

Tennis[edit]

Main article: 2004 in tennis

Volleyball[edit]

Water polo[edit]

Wrestling[edit]

Multi-sport events[edit]

 Rank  Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 USA 36 39 27 102
2 China 32 17 14 63
3 Russia 27 27 38 92
4 Australia 17 16 16 49
5 Japan 16 9 12 37

Awards[edit]

References[edit]