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Pieter van den Hoogenband received the prestigious trophy of Sports Personality of the Year 2004 in the Amsterdam Congress Centre RAI last night at the annual Sports Gala. Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel won the female Sports Personality of the Year.Van den Hoogenband retained his title in the 100 metres free style, claimed a silver medal in the 200 metres free style and helped his country to a silver medal in the 4 x 100 free style relay at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004. Erben Wennemars and track cyclist Theo Bos came, respectively, second and third. Van den Hoogenband did not fail to emphatically involve the other nominees in his triumph. While holding the Jaap Eden trophy in his hand, The PSV ambassador asked for a standing ovation for the achievements of Wennemars and Bos. "This trophy is again a great honour to me. I’ve already extensively thanked all the people that have contribute to my success. This gala night is an event where there are no losers; that’s why I want to pay tribute to Theo and Erben, who are both world champions", explained Van den Hoogenband. Apart from Van den Hoogenband and Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel, Kenny van Weeghel also received a trophy. On 22 September Van Weeghel claimed the first gold medal on the 400 metres wheeling track at the Paralympic Games in Athens. Van Weeghel also won a silver medal in the 200 metres and he collected a bronze medal in the 100 meter in Athens. The men relay freestyle team were elected Sports Team of the Year; one of the four swimmers was Pieter van den Hoogenband. The relay team superbly won the silver medal in the 4 x 100 meters free style at the Athens Olympic Games.The athletes for the awards of Sports Personalities of the Year, Sports team of the year and the Disabled Athlete of the Year were all nominated by Dutch sports writers. The election was broadcast live on TV. All persons entitled to vote received a small box with which they could enter their votes.