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  • News | London 1908

    Taylor helps USA to poignant medley relay gold

    Taylor’s story is touched by tragedy, but his feat has resonated across generations and will reach more: he was the first African American to win an Olympic gold medal when he helped the USA medley relay team to their victory on 25 July 1908.
    25 Jul 1908 | London 1908, United States of America, Athletics, 4x400m relay
  • News | London 1908

    Three Taylor-made triumphs in the pool

    Until 2008, Henry Taylor was Great Britain’s most prolific gold medallist at an Olympic Games – his prowess in the pool setting a standard that would, astonishingly, not be bettered for an entire century.
    25 Jul 1908 | London 1908, Swimming, Great Britain
  • News | London 1908

    Halswelle wins controversial 400m gold

    Wyndham Halswelle could reasonably have expected to mount a strong challenge in London after finishing second in the Intercalated Games two years previously, but few could have foreseen the manner in which he won his only gold medal in front of his home crowd.
    23 Jul 1908 | London 1908, Great Britain, Athletics
  • News | Athens 1896

    Hajos turns tragedy into glory in the water

    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 tragedy. He determined to become a good swimmer at the age of 13 after his father drowned in the River Danube. He later changed his surname to Hajós which means “sailor” in Hungarian.
    11 Apr 1896 | Athens 1896, Swimming, Hungary
  • News | Athens 1896

    Speed merchant Burke shines in the sprint

    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 interval, or Olympiad, between each edition of the Games should be named after the winner of the 100m.
    10 Apr 1896 | Athens 1896, Athletics, United States of America
  • News | Athens 1896

    Gymnast Flatow claims three titles

    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 later go on to write a number of books about the sport.
    10 Apr 1896 | Athens 1896, Germany, Gymnastics
  • News | Athens 1896

    Four titles for multi-talented Schuhmann

    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 athlete at the inaugural modern Games.
    09 Apr 1896 | Athens 1896, Germany, Gymnastics, Weightlifting, Athletics, Wrestling
  • News | Athens 1896

    Weingartner spearheads German gymnastics masterclass

    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 athlete of the 1896 Games.
    09 Apr 1896 | Athens 1896, Germany, Gymnastics
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