2004 in sports

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2004 in sports describes the year's events in world sport.

American football[edit]

Association football[edit]


Australian rules football[edit]




Canadian football[edit]



Cycle racing[edit]

Road bicycle racing


Field hockey[edit]

Figure skating[edit]


Gaelic Athletic Association[edit]



Men's professional

Men's amateur

Women's professional


Harness racing[edit]

Horse racing[edit]


Flat races

Ice hockey[edit]


  • November 21 – India wins the first-ever World Cup kabaddi championship defeating Iran in the final held at Mumbai.


Mixed martial arts[edit]

The following is a list of major noteworthy MMA events during 2004 in chronological order.

Date Event Alternate Name/s Location Attendance PPV Buyrate Notes
January 16 WEC 9: Cold Blooded United States Lemoore, California, United States
January 31 UFC 46: Supernatural United States Las Vegas, United States 10,700 80,000
February 1 Pride 27: Inferno Japan Osaka, Japan 13,366
February 15 Pride Bushido 2 Japan Yokohama, Japan
March 14 K-1 Beast 2004 in Niigata Japan Niigata, Japan Event featured five K-1 kickboxing bouts, and four K-1 MMA bouts.
April 2 UFC 47: It's On! United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 11,437 105,000 This event featured a highly anticipated fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz.
April 25 Pride Total Elimination 2004 Japan Saitama, Japan 42,110 Opening round to Pride GP 2004 heavyweight tournament.
May 21 WEC 10: Bragging Rights United States Lemoore, California, United States
May 22 K-1 MMA ROMANEX Japan Saitama, Japan 14,918
May 23 Pride Bushido 3 Japan Yokohama, Japan This event was highlighted by three fights between Team Gracie and Team Japan.
June 19 UFC 48: Payback United States Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 10,000 110,000
June 20 Pride Critical Countdown 2004 Japan Saitama, Japan 43,711 Quarterfinals to Pride GP 2004 heavyweight tournament.
July 19 Pride Bushido 4 Japan Nagoya, Japan This event was highlighted by three fights between Brazilian Top Team and Team Japan.
August 15 Pride Final Conflict 2004 Japan Saitama, Japan 47,629 Semifinals and final to Pride GP 2004 heavyweight tournament.
The final between, Fedor Emelianenko and Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira ended in a no contest.
A rematch for the final was rescheduled for Pride Shockwave 2004.
August 21 UFC 49: Unfinished Business United States Paradise, Nevada, United States 12,100 80,000
October 14 Pride Bushido 5 Japan Osaka, Japan
October 21 WEC 12: Halloween Fury 3 United States Lemoore, California, United States
October 22 UFC 50: The War of '04 United States Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States 9,000 40,000
October 31 Pride 28: High Octane Japan Saitama, Japan 24,028
November 20 K-1 Fighting Network Rumble on the Rock 2004 United States Honolulu, Hawaii, United States 13,000
December 31 Pride Shockwave 2004 Japan Saitama, Japan 48,398 Fedor Emelianenko becomes the Pride 2004 heavyweight Grand Prix champion.
December 31 K-1 PREMIUM 2004 Dynamite!! Japan Osaka, Japan 52,918 Event featured seven K-1 MMA bouts, three K-1 kickboxing bouts, and one special mixed rules bout.



  • First ever World Championship in Trail Orienteering held September 15–18 in Västerås, Sweden


  • 5 July – the reigning world champions, New Zealand's Silver Ferns, complete 3-0 Test series win over Australia with 53–46 win at Hamilton, New Zealand.


Rugby league[edit]

Rugby union[edit]

Ski mountaineering[edit]



  • September 19 – death of Line Oestvold, 26, Norwegian snowboarder, after a crash in training in Chile.

Speed skating[edit]


  • January 13–14 – World Cup (short course) held at Stockholm
  • January 18 – Yang Yu sets a world record in the women's 200m butterfly (short course) in Berlin with a time of 2:04.04, exactly four years after the previous record was set.
  • March 25 – Frédérick Bousquet breaks the world record in the men's 50m freestyle (short course) at New York City, clocking 21.10
  • May 5–16 – 27th European LC Championships held at Madrid
    • Russia wins the most medals (16) and Ukraine the most gold medals (9)
  • August 14–22 – Swimming at the 2004 Summer Olympics held at Athens
    • USA wins the most medals (28) and the most gold medals (12)
  • (October 7–11) – 7th World Short Course Championships held at Indianapolis
    • USA wins the most medals (41) and the most gold medals (21)
  • December 9–12 – 8th European SC Championships held at Vienna
    • Germany wins the most medals (22) and the most gold medals (9)



Water polo[edit]


Multi-sport events[edit]

1 United States (USA)363927102
2 China (CHN)32171463
3 Russia (RUS)27273892
4 Australia (AUS)17161649
5 Japan (JPN)1691237
Totals (5 entries)128108107343



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