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British Virgin Islands at the 2004 Summer Olympics

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British Virgin Islands at the
2004 Summer Olympics
Flag of the British Virgin Islands.svg
IOC code IVB
NOC British Virgin Islands Olympic Committee
in Athens
Competitors 1 in 1 sport
Flag bearer Dion Crabbe
Medals
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)

The British Virgin Islands competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, from 13 to 29 August 2004. This was the nation's sixth appearance at the Summer Olympics since its debut in the 1984 Summer Olympics. The British Virgin Islands delegation included only athlete, meaning the country, along with Brunei and Liechtenstein, sent the lowest number of athletes to the 2004 Summer Games. The athlete selected was sprinter Dion Crabbe, an athlete who qualified for the Olympics by meeting the "A" standard time required for his event, the men's 200 meters. Crabbe was also selected as flag bearer for the opening ceremony. He did not progress beyond the heats, meaning the British Virgin Islands won no medals at this Summer Olympics.

Background[edit]

The British Virgin Islands participated in six Summer Olympic games between its debut in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, United States and the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.[1] The British Virgin Islands National Olympic Committee (NOC) selected one athlete to represent the country, Dion Crabbe, as he had qualified for the men's 200 meters after meeting the "A" standard required for the event.[2][3] Sending only one athlete to the Athens Games meant that the country, along with Brunei and Liechtenstein, sent the lowest number of athletes to the 2004 Summer Games.[4] Crabbe was also selected as flag bearer for the opening ceremony.[5] Two officials represented the country, including chef de mission Dean Greenaway.[4]

Athletics[edit]

The Athens Olympic Stadium, where Crabbe competed in the Men's 200 meters

Making his Summer Olympic debut, Dion Crabbe qualified for the men's 200 meters, after his best time, 20.30 seconds in 2002, was 0.29 seconds faster than the "A" standard required.[2][6][7] He was also notable for holding the British Virgin Islands flag at the opening ceremony.[5] He competed on 24 August in the Men's 200 meters against seven other athletes in the fifth heat. He ran a time of 20.85 seconds, finishing sixth.[8] He ranked ahead of Malaysia's Nazmizan Muhammad (21.24 seconds) and behind Czech Republic's Jirí Vojtík (20.79 seconds), in a heat led by Bahamas' Dominic Demeritte (20.62 seconds). Overall, Crabbe placed 33rd out of the 55 athletes that competed[a] and was 0.07 seconds behind the slowest athlete the progressed to the next round. Therefore, that was the end of his competition.[9]

Key
  • Note–Ranks given for track events are within the athlete's heat only
  • Q = Qualified for the next round
  • q = Qualified for the next round as a fastest loser or, in field events, by position without achieving the qualifying target
  • NR = National record
  • N/A = Round not applicable for the event
  • Bye = Athlete not required to compete in round
Men
Athlete Event Heat Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank Result Rank
Dion Crabbe 200 m 20.85 6 Did not advance

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ One athlete, Hamed Hamdan Albishi, did not start, and another, Chris Lambert did not finish.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "British Virgin Islands". Sports Reference. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "IAAF Games of the XXX Olympiad – Athens 2004 Entry Standards". IAAF. Retrieved 4 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "British Virgin Islands at the 2004 Athina Summer Games". Sports Reference. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Tomasson, Chris (26 August 2004). "Olympics: One is the lonliest number for this trio". Naples Daily News. Archived from the original on 5 August 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "2004 Athens: Flag Bearers for the opening ceremony". Olympics. 13 August 2004. Archived from the original on 3 July 2015. Retrieved 21 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Dion Crabbe". Sports Reference. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "IAAF – Athletes – British Virgin Islands – Dion Crabbe – Progression". IAAF. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  8. ^ "IAAF – Results – Olympic Games – 2004 – Men – 200 meters – Heats – Results". IAAF. Retrieved 3 July 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "IAAF – Results – Olympic Games – 2004 – Men – 200 meters – Heats – Summary". IAAF. Retrieved 3 July 2016.