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History of Modern Olympics - 1896

The Olympic Games with which we are familiar were for the first time held befittingly at the Panathenaic Stadium, Athens, in 1896. The venue was decided as the capital city of Greece to reproduce the ancient Olympic ambience. Two hundred forty five competitors from fourteen countries participated in the Athens Games. Every man who was a sports enthusiast was free to participate. There were forty-three events spread over categories which included athletics (track and field), cycling, fencing, gymnastics, shooting, swimming, tennis weightlifting and wrestling. Interestingly, all victors were awarded only silver medals. The United States won nine of the 12 athletic events, but the most medals went to Greece with a total of forty-seven.


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