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    John and Sumner Paine (USA) - Shooting

    12/04/1896

    Chosen to represent the USA in the shooting events in Athens, Harvard graduate John Paine set off for Athens via France, where he hoped to recruit his older brother Sumner – who was working in the Fre...

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    Paul Masson (FRE): Cycling (track)

    11/04/1896

    The 21-year-old Frenchman Paul Masson arrived in Athens without any significant international pedigree. Yet he took the track cycling events at the newly built Neo Phaliron Velodrome by storm, winning...

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    Alfréd Hajos (HUN) - Swimming

    11/04/1896

    Hungarian architecture student Alfréd Hajos was the undisputed star of the swimming events at the 1896 Games. Born Alfréd Guttman and raised in Budapest, his prowess in the water had its roots in trag...

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    John Pius Boland (IRL) - Tennis

    11/04/1896

    John Pius Boland was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1870. Following the death of his mother, when he was 12, he and his six brothers and sisters were placed under the guardianship of his uncle, Nicholas D...

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    Thomas Burke (USA) - 100m

    10/04/1896

    The 100m has come to be regarded as the “blue riband” event on the track and field programme at the Olympic Games. It was no different in ancient Greece, where tradition had it that the four-year inte...

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    Alfred Flatow (GER) - Gymnastics

    10/04/1896

    Alfred Flatow was a multi-talented sportsman, who excelled not just as a gymnast but also as a weightlifter and track and field athlete. Having worked also as a gymnastics teacher since 1890, he would...

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    Spyridon Louis (GRE) - Marathon

    10/04/1896

    One of the undoubted highlights of the 1896 Olympics was the first ever marathon. Conceived by Frenchman Michel Bréal, the race followed the legendary route of Pheidippides, a trained runner who was b...

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    Edwin Flack (AUS) - 800m and 1,500m

    09/04/1896

    Australia’s only competitor at the 1896 Games, Edwin “Teddy” Flack won both middle distance running events, the 800m and 1,500m, and made a huge mark on the local crowds and media, earning himself the...

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    Carl Schuhmann (GER) - Gymnastics, Greco-Roman wrestling, weightlifting and athletics

    09/04/1896

    Germany’s Carl Schuhmann was arguably the brightest star of Athens 1896. Competing in gymnastics, athletics, weightlifting and Greco-Roman wrestling, he won four gold medals, more than any other athle...

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    Hermann Weingartner (GER) - Gymnastics

    09/04/1896

    Together with his compatriot Alfred Flatow, Germany’s Hermann Weingartner dominated the artistic gymnastics. His tally of three golds, two silvers one bronze made him the most successful individual at...

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