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  • News | Olympic News

    Cathy Freeman at Sydney 2000: Moments of magic!

    The lighting of the Olympic cauldron, the victory lap in front of a jubilant crowd, the green and white full bodysuit… Cathy Freeman left an unforgettable mark on the Sydney 2000 Games. Twenty years on, who will claim victory in the 400m in the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo? Naturally the chances are higher for athletes also taking part in the women’s 4x400m event and the new mixed 4x400m relay!
    22 Sep 2019 | Olympic News, Sydney 2000, Tokyo 2020, Athletics
  • News | IOC News

    Record-breaking gymnast Latynina certain she was “born a winner”

    From being unbeatable when three months pregnant, to highlighting her background as a ballerina and embracing the moment she was overtaken as the world’s most decorated Olympian, octogenarian gymnast Larisa Latynina is loving life and delighted to share her story with a whole new generation of Olympic fans.
    04 Sep 2019 | Olympic News, Gymnastics
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Tokyo 2020 basketball test event at Saitama Super Arena

    Tokyo 2020’s array of fantastic, modern venues should generate some extraordinary atmosphere next summer – but few will rival the Saitama Super Arena. Already one of Japan’s most famous venues for major sporting events and concerts, at the Games it will host the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments (together with the Aomi Urban Sports Park).
    27 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, Tokyo 2020, Tokyo 2020 test events, Basketball
  • News | Tokyo 2020

    Usain Bolt's title is up for grabs at Tokyo 2020!

    Eleven years ago, on 20 August 2008, Usain Bolt became a two-time Olympic champion in the 100m and 200m, setting two world records in the process. He achieved this feat twice, with victories for Jamaica in the 4x100m relay, bringing his total to eight gold medals, an all-time record in sprinting. Today, hopefuls are preparing themselves and queuing up to follow in his footsteps in the 100m and 200m races at Tokyo 2020.
    20 Aug 2019 | Olympic News, BOLT, Usain, Athletics, Tokyo 2020
  • News | Moscow 1980

    Daley Thompson becomes the undisputed king of the decathlon at Moscow 1980

    The favourite going into the Moscow Games, the British decathlete delivered a series of top-level performances 39 years ago, on 26 and 27 July 1980, to win his first Olympic title. In the years that followed, he took gold at the European and World Championships and the Commonwealth Games, before retaining his Olympic title at Los Angeles 1984, setting a world record that would last for eight years. He is one of the greatest champions in the combined event’s history, which stretches back over a century.
    27 Jul 2019 | Olympic News, Moscow 1980
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    12 July 1912: Fanny Durack becomes the first female Olympic swimming champion

    The first-ever women’s Olympic swimming event was the 100m freestyle, a competition that began on 8 July 1912, at the Olympic Games in Stockholm. Competing for Australasia, 22-year-old swimming sensation Fanny Durack, who had taken to the “Australian crawl” better than anyone, was in scintillating form, setting a world record in the heats and securing a comfortable victory in the final. In doing so, she claimed the first-ever women’s Olympic swimming gold medal and became Australia’s first female Olympic medallist.
    12 Jul 2019 | Olympic News, Swimming, Stockholm 1912, Australia
  • News | YOG

    #YOGWatch: YOG stars shine bright in June

    June saw a host of impressive performances by former Youth Olympic Games athletes on the world stage. Here, Olympic.org takes a look at some of the highlights… 
    09 Jul 2019 | Olympic News, YOG
  • News | Paris 2024

    Paris 2024 launches “Terre de Jeux 2024” label

    Yesterday at the French Senate, Tony Estanguet, the President of the Paris 2024 Organising Committee, launched the Terre de Jeux 2024 label, aimed at local and regional authorities that want to be a part of the Olympic and Paralympic adventure and designed to introduce more sport into the everyday lives of the French population. 
    18 Jun 2019 | Olympic News, Paris 2024
  • News | London 1948

    Snapped: the day Fanny Blankers-Koen ripped up the rulebook

    In August 1948, the 30-year-old Fanny Blankers-Koen won an astonishing 11 races in eight days as she claimed four gold medals at the London Olympic Games and changed the perception of women’s sport forever. It is little wonder world-renowned Dutch athletics coach Charles Van Commenee labels his compatriot as the “greatest sports person we have ever produced as a nation”.
    14 Jun 2019 | Olympic News, Athletics, London 1948, BLANKERS-KOEN, Fanny, Netherlands
  • News | YOG

    Celebrating the pride of Africa

    As the Senegalese capital Dakar continues preparations to host the fourth Summer Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in 2022, we look back at five of the most spectacular performances from African athletes at previous editions of the YOG.
    06 May 2019 | Olympic News, YOG
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