, represented by the (abbreviated OKS
), competed at the 2004 Summer Olympics
, Greece. The delegation of 79 athletes was the nation's largest ever.
Results by event
With nine Olympic and fifteen World Championships medals, Merlene Ottey
was the most notable member of the Slovenian athletics team in Athens. Ottey had good openings to both the 100 and 200 metres, making semifinals in both, but could not qualify out of the 100 metres, and injured her hamstring in the 200 metres.
A pair of Slovenian athletes came out on the losing end of dead heats, but with very different overall results. In the men's 100 metres, Matic Osovnikar
recorded the same time as a Brazilian runner in his heat, but as Osovnikar finished less than one-hundredth of a second behind, the Brazilian moved to the semifinal, while Osovnikar went out of the competition. A similar close finish was seen in the women's 800 metres final, where 2002 European champion Jolanda Čeplak
also finished less than 0.01 seconds behind an opponent, ending up equal on time, but finishing in bronze medal spot, rather than silver. Čeplak was also pressed closely from behind, earning bronze by just 0.08 seconds.Men's 100 metres:
Men's 200 metres:
- *Round 1 — 10.15 s (3rd in heat 4, Qualified, T-9th overall) (Slovenian Record)
- *Round 2 — 10.26 s (4th in heat 2, did not advance, 26th overall)
- *Round 1 — 20.57 s (4th......