Last Friday broadcasters from the Asia-Pacific, whom I represent here in Athens, sent back pictures to over 3.5 billion people. They could not have wished for something more enchanting to begin a modern Olympics. Beautiful, emotional. A ceremony suffused with feeling. One that the gods of mythology would have been stirred by. Spyridon Louis would have looked down and smiled: «Greeks are at their best when it comes to the final haul, and always come through.» He should know. I am proud to have been part of one of the greatest television spectacles of our time, worthy itself of an Olympic gold. JOHN BARTON, Athens.