Marathon protests

Evening Standard

GREEK PRIME Minister Costas Simitis will find protesters outside the Hyde Park Hotel in Knightsbridge where he is staying tonight.

They are upset by plans to build a rowing lake for the 2004 Olympics on the site of the Battle of Marathon in 490 BC.

"Marathon is of crucial importance to the Olympics since the 26-mile race was first introduced in 1896," says the the leader of the protesters Dr Dorothy King.

"Most Greeks are furious about this destruction of their heritage."

Oxford Rowing coach Dan Topolski is backing the campaign to save the site.

"I'm not sure that it's on the exact site of the battle," he said yesterday from the towpath at Putney. "But it's a very sensitive area which needs careful investigation."

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