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Americans finish with 24 track medals

Updated: August 29, 2004, 9:41 AM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Hicham El Guerrouj became the first man in 80 years to win the 1,500 and 5,000 meters at one Olympics, holding up two fingers in triumph Saturday after outsprinting the world record holder down the final straightaway of the 5,000.

But El Guerrouj, who won the 1,500 on Tuesday, was only the second person within a half-hour to pull off a rare middle-distance double. Briton Kelly Holmes won the 1,500 just before El Guerrouj's race, adding to the 800 title she won on Monday.

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