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  • 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 | Olympic News

    Diary of a Young Ambassador – Dillon Richardson, CAN

    With less than two months to go until the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, Dillon Richardson, an IOC Young Ambassador from Canada, received a surprise guest demonstrating just how the YOG spirit is connecting people all over the world!
    01 Jan 1900 | Olympic News
  • News | Athens 1896

    John and Sumner Paine (USA) - Shooting

    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 French capital – to join him.
    12 Apr 1896 | Athens 1896, United States of America, Shooting
  • News | Athens 1896

    Ace Boland smashes his way to tennis success

    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 Donnelly, a Dublin bishop. He was educated at a Catholic school in England, going on to graduate from London University in 1892.
    11 Apr 1896 | Athens 1896, Tennis, Great Britain
  • News | Athens 1896

    Local hero Spyridon Louis earns cult status in marathon

    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 believed to have been sent from the plain of Marathon to Athens to announce the defeat of an invading Persian army in 490BC. The race, on 10 April, became a highlight of the inaugural Games. And the fact that it was won by Spyridon Louis, a Greek, produced a euphoric reaction in the host country.
    10 Apr 1896 | Athens 1896, Greece, Athletics
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