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  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Durack puts women’s swimming on the Olympic map

    The 1912 Games were a groundbreaking edition for female Olympians. For the first time, swimming competitions for women were included – with 100m freestyle and 4x100m freestyle races on the programme.
    12 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Braglia bounces back to deliver another golden gymnastics display

    Alberto Braglia arrived in Stockholm as an Olympic champion, having won the individual all-around gymnastics event in London four years previously. He had been an outstanding gymnast since his youth – and had taught himself many of the required movements in his parents’ barn.
    11 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News, BRAGLIA, Alberto
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Magnificent Lewis takes the road to glory

    Cycling had a limited presence at Stockholm 1912, and almost did not appear on the schedule at all. In fact, this was the only time in the Games’ history that didn’t feature track cycling, with the sole event being a road race that took place around Lake Malaren, Sweden’s third largest lake, on 7 July.
    07 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Kolehmainen crowned king of the track

    No track athlete had a better record at the 1912 Games than the Finn Hannes Kolehmainen, who took home three gold medals and set the same number of Olympic records. He could claim to be the first great distance runner of the Olympic Games, winning the 5,000m, 10,000m and individual cross country events in thrilling fashion – while also taking a silver in the team cross country discipline, which was effectively decided by aggregating the results achieved by a country’s competitors in the individual race.
    07 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | Stockholm 1912

    Speed merchant Craig claims sprint double

    The Detroit-born athlete, Ralph Craig, was originally a hurdling specialist, but in Stockholm he showed his sprinting aptitude to devastating effect.
    06 Jul 1912 | Stockholm 1912, Olympic News
  • News | London 1908

    A triumph for the hosts across the board

    The 1908 Games closed with a final banquet, held in central London on October 31. Lord Desborough addressed the delegates present, saying that the Olympiad had “brought together from nearly every country of the world a trained body of athletes, who have striven together amicably in what was, I think, the best adapted arena which has ever been constructed for the purpose since the history of athletics began”.
    31 Oct 1908 | London 1908
  • News | London 1908

    Syers skates to landmark gold

    Women were not yet permitted to participate in athletics events at the Olympics, but they competed in what was a landmark event for the Games when figure skating joined the list of events in 1908.
    28 Oct 1908 | London 1908
  • News | London 1908

    Thubron wins first and last motor boat racing gold

    “Of all the many events held by the British Olympic Association these were the most unfortunate as regards the weather,” wrote the Official Report of the Motor Boats competition, which was held as an official Olympic sport for the first and only time in 1908.
    29 Aug 1908 | London 1908
  • 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
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