Olympic Rewind Series - Athens 2004: Australia vs USA in softball gold medal game

Olympic Rewind Series - Athens 2004: Australia vs USA in softball gold medal game
The Aussies and the Americans guaranteed themselves a medal in softball for the third straight Olympic Games, the only two nations to do so.

Two of the greatest softball pitchers of all time faced off in the final softball game of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games: Tanya Harding and Lisa Fernandez. The game was played on 23 August at the 4,800-seat Olympic Softball stadium in the Helliniko Olympic Complex.

It was the third meeting between Australia and USA in Athens. USA beat Australia, 10-0, in the Opening Round, and then shut out the Aussies, 5-0, in semi-finals. Fernandez dominated Australia in both contests, shutting out Australia for 12 innings while allowing only 4 hits.

Both Harding and Fernandez carried a 0.00 ERA to begin the Gold Medal Game. The US right hander started the final with a 3-0 record after 17 innings pitched, surrendering only 5 hits and 3 walks. Harding led Australia with a 4-0 record, pitching 33 innings while allowing 10 hits, 4 walks and getting 17 strikeouts.

The day before the final, Harding tossed a complete game shutout against Japan to lead Australia into their first-ever Olympic final. Kerry Wyborn plated the only three runs of the game with a double in the top of the fifth to lift Australia past Japan.

A total of 120 players from Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Greece, Italy, Japan and USA gathered in Athens, the cradle of the Olympic Games, for the third-ever Olympic softball competition.

Tomorrow's Olympic Rewind game, presented in collaboration with the Olympic Channel, will showcase the Beijing 2008 Gold Medal Game between USA and Japan.



  • 29/7 Barcelona 1992 - Opening Round: USA v Spain
  • 30/7 Barcelona 1992 - Gold Medal Game: Cuba v Chinese Taipei
  • 31/7 Atlanta 1996 - Opening Round: Italy v Korea
  • 01/8 Atlanta 1996 - Gold Medal Game: Cuba v Japan
  • 02/8 Sydney 2000 - Opening Round: Netherlands v Cuba
  • 03/8 Sydney 2000 - Gold Medal Game: Cuba v USA
  • 04/8 Athens 2004 - Semi Final: Australia v Japan