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Athens 1896 Athens 1896 6th April - 15th April

Athens sees the birth of the modern Olympic Games

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  • Hermann WEINGÄRTNER
    GER
    Gymnastics Artistic 1896
    321
  • Alfred FLATOW
    GER
    Gymnastics Artistic 1896
    310
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    The Opening Ceremony

    06/04/1896

    On 6 April 1896, Easter Monday, the streets of Athens were even more animated than usual. All of the public buildings were draped in bunting, while multi-coloured streamers floated in the wind and gre...

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    James Connolly (USA) - Triple jump

    06/04/1896

    The track-and-field programme in Athens was dominated by athletes from the USA, who would go on to win nine of the 12 events. And on 6 April 1896, American James Connolly earned the distinction of bec...

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    Robert Garrett (USA) - Discus and shot put

    07/04/1896

    In stark contrast to his compatriot James Connolly, Robert Garrett hailed from a wealthy family in Baltimore. His great-grandfather, Robert Garrett, founded the banking house Robert Garrett & Co.,...