• Eric Moussambani of Equatorial Guinea - Eric the Eel, as he has become known  epitomises what the Olympics are about. He apparently only learned to swim a year before the 2000 Olympics, and had never swum a full 100m race. Then the other two swimmers in his heat were disqualified for false starts! Eric swam alone - pretty slowly ñ but, to the roars of the crowd, he finished! His time was 1:52.72. (The gold medal was won in 0:48.30.)Upload to Facebook
    Eric Moussambani of Equatorial Guinea - Eric the Eel, as he has become known epitomises what the Olympics are about. He apparently only learned to swim a year before the 2000 Olympics, and had never swum a full 100m race. Then the other two swimmers in his heat were disqualified for false starts! Eric swam alone - pretty slowly ñ but, to the roars of the crowd, he finished! His time was 1:52.72. (The gold medal was won in 0:48.30.)
  • Dimitrious Loundrous of Greece was 10 years 218 days old when he finished third in the parallel bars in 1896 Olympics.Upload to Facebook
    Dimitrious Loundrous of Greece was 10 years 218 days old when he finished third in the parallel bars in 1896 Olympics.
  • Irina Nazarova won a relay gold medal in 1980, following in the footsteps of her mother, Elizabeth Bagrinaseva who took gold in the discus in 1952 Olympic Games.
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    Irina Nazarova won a relay gold medal in 1980, following in the footsteps of her mother, Elizabeth Bagrinaseva who took gold in the discus in 1952 Olympic Games.
  • Leonidas of Rhodes was the first Olympics superstar, winning 12 championships between 164BC and 152BC. Milon of Kroton won the boys wrestling title in 540BC. He won the senior title in 532BC and successfully defended it four times before losing in the final in 512BC to Timasitheos of Kroton.
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    Leonidas of Rhodes was the first Olympics superstar, winning 12 championships between 164BC and 152BC. Milon of Kroton won the boys wrestling title in 540BC. He won the senior title in 532BC and successfully defended it four times before losing in the final in 512BC to Timasitheos of Kroton.
  • The first recorded female Olympic champion was Kyniska of Sparta who won the tethrippon in 396 and 392BC.Upload to Facebook
    The first recorded female Olympic champion was Kyniska of Sparta who won the tethrippon in 396 and 392BC.
  • In the 1908 Olympics in London, the final of the 400 metres was between three American runners and Wyndham Halswelle of the UK. The Americans used team tactics to block Halswelle and an official broke the tape and declared the race void. The London OOC ordered the race to be re-run but the US athletes refused to take part. Next day Wyndham Halswelle ran on his own - to win. Only the gold medal was awarded.Upload to Facebook
    In the 1908 Olympics in London, the final of the 400 metres was between three American runners and Wyndham Halswelle of the UK. The Americans used team tactics to block Halswelle and an official broke the tape and declared the race void. The London OOC ordered the race to be re-run but the US athletes refused to take part. Next day Wyndham Halswelle ran on his own - to win. Only the gold medal was awarded.
  • The only swimming event in the 1896 Olympics was the 100 metres freestyle - in the sea off Piraeus. In 1900 at the Paris Olympics, swimming events were held in the Seine. Times were fast as the swimmers swam with the current. From 1904 events were indoor. Women's swimming was introduced in 1912.Upload to Facebook
    The only swimming event in the 1896 Olympics was the 100 metres freestyle - in the sea off Piraeus. In 1900 at the Paris Olympics, swimming events were held in the Seine. Times were fast as the swimmers swam with the current. From 1904 events were indoor. Women's swimming was introduced in 1912.
  • Ray Ewry of USA won eight individual gold medals - still a record; including three in the standing long jump and the standing high jump. He won his final medals in 1908.Upload to Facebook
    Ray Ewry of USA won eight individual gold medals - still a record; including three in the standing long jump and the standing high jump. He won his final medals in 1908.
  • In 1904 American George Eyser won three golds, two silvers and a bronze in gymnastics, all achieved even though he had a wooden leg.
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    In 1904 American George Eyser won three golds, two silvers and a bronze in gymnastics, all achieved even though he had a wooden leg.
  • JB Kelly, Olympic gold medallist rower and father of Princess Grace of Monaco, was banned from competing at Henley because he had once been a bricklayer, thus falling foul of the Amateur Rowing Associationís rules, which banned manual workers from competing.
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    JB Kelly, Olympic gold medallist rower and father of Princess Grace of Monaco, was banned from competing at Henley because he had once been a bricklayer, thus falling foul of the Amateur Rowing Associationís rules, which banned manual workers from competing.
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