• The Olympics once lasted 187 days. In 1908, the London Olympics went on for 187 days... they started in April and didn't end until October.
    The Olympics once lasted 187 days. In 1908, the London Olympics went on for 187 days... they started in April and didn't end until October.
  • The following sports were part of Olympics but were discontinued:<br />
Cricket, 1900<br />
Croquet, 1900<br />
Golf, 1900, 1904<br />
Real tennis, 1908<br />
Lacrosse, 1904, 1908<br />
Motor Boating, 1908<br />
Pelota, 1900<br />
Polo, 1900, 1908, 1920, 1924, 1936<br />
Rackets, 1908<br />
Rugby, 1900, 1908, 1920, 1924<br />
Tug of War, 1900, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1912, 1920
    The following sports were part of Olympics but were discontinued:
    Cricket, 1900
    Croquet, 1900
    Golf, 1900, 1904
    Real tennis, 1908
    Lacrosse, 1904, 1908
    Motor Boating, 1908
    Pelota, 1900
    Polo, 1900, 1908, 1920, 1924, 1936
    Rackets, 1908
    Rugby, 1900, 1908, 1920, 1924
    Tug of War, 1900, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1912, 1920
  • These following 14 events have been held in every modern Olympics:<br />
TRACK and FIELD<br />
100 metres<br />
400 metres<br />
800 metres<br />
1500 metres<br />
Marathon<br />
110 metres hurdles<br />
High Jump<br />
Long Jump<br />
Triple Jump<br />
Pole-Vault<br />
Shot Put<br />
Discus<br />
FENCING<br />
Individual Foil<br />
Individual Sable<br />
    These following 14 events have been held in every modern Olympics:
    TRACK and FIELD
    100 metres
    400 metres
    800 metres
    1500 metres
    Marathon
    110 metres hurdles
    High Jump
    Long Jump
    Triple Jump
    Pole-Vault
    Shot Put
    Discus
    FENCING
    Individual Foil
    Individual Sable
  • 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.)
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.
    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.