Athens 1896-London 2012 – Olympic Surprises

Athens 1896-London 2012 – Olympic Surprises
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Australia & Oceania

Do you know… From 1960 to 1971, Ron Clarke (Australia) set 19 world information within the 5000m, 10,000m and different long-distance races. Sadly, Ron has by no means received an Olympic gold medal. Within the mid-Nineteen Sixties, he stated, “The hassle just isn’t steady because it needs to be in a race. By working quick lap occasions after which permitting himself time to get well, an athlete is deceiving himself as to his health”. He’s writer of two books: “The Unforgiving Minute” (1966) and “The Lonely Breed” (1967).

The US of America

Do you know… The state of Hawaii has received ten gold medals on the Summer time Olympics(1896-2008). It has extra Olympic gold medals than Thailand, Venezuela, and Lithuania. The Olympic champions are: Tommy Kono ( weightlifting/ two golds,1952 & 1956), Warren Kealoha (swimming/two golds,1920 & 1924 ), Duke Paoa Kahanamouku (aquatics/ three golds, 1912 & 1920), Bryan Ezra Tsumoru Clay (observe & discipline/ one gold medal, 2008), Buster Crabbe (swimming/ one gold medal, 1932), Herman Ronald Frazier (athletics/ one gold medal, 1976).

On the Winter Olympic Video games in New York in 1980, america males’s ice hockey crew received the gold medal. Through the closing match, the U.S. crew scored a serious upset over the Soviet Union (or USSR), which had received the gold medal in Austria ’64, France ’68, Japan ’72 and Austria’76.

American boxer Muhammad Ali -formerly often known as Cassius Clay- failed within the Pan American Video games trials in 1959, however he received the gold medal within the mild heavyweight (81kg/178 lbs) class on the Video games of the XVII Olympiad in Italy in 1960.

South America

Do you know… The Uruguayan males’s basketball crew certified to symbolize the Western Hemisphere within the Video games of the XXIIIrd Olympiad in Los Angeles in 1984. A yr in the past, Uruguay didn’t compete on the Pan American Video games in Venezuela.

On the 1976 Montreal Video games, Brazil received solely two bronze medals. Joao Carlos de Oliveira, a world-class sportsman, couldn’t win the gold medal within the triple bounce. The South American males’s soccer crew completed 4th place-Brazil received the FIFA World Cup in 1958, 1962 and 1970.

Venezuela’s Rafael Vidal -who spent a number of years as a scholar in america and was graduated from Florida College- earned the bronze medal within the males’s 200m butterfly on the 1984 Summer time Video games in Los Angeles, California.


Do you know… Kosovo -it is the youngest nation on earth- will compete in London 2008. For political causes, Kosovo couldn’t take part within the 2008 Olympic Video games in China. This new nation may take part in at the least ten sports activities: athletics, boxing, Kayak/canoeing, gymnastics, capturing, swimming, desk tennis, tennis, weightlifting, wrestling…

The British basketball groups have certified for the London 2012. Since 1952, the UK has by no means performed within the Olympic Video games, European tournaments, world championships.The British males’s basketball crew completed twentieth place on the London Summer time Olympic Video games in 1948.

In Athens 1896, Paul Neumann grew to become the primary swimmer from Austria to win a gold medal.

Three Swiss sportswomen participated within the Olympic Video games in 1924. It was the primary time Switzerland despatched sportswomen to the Summer time Olympics…

On the 1896 Olympic Video games, Greece -host country- received 10 gold medals and took second place within the unofficial crew championships.

Central America

Do you know… Guatemala -an anti-Communist state within the twentieth century- didn’t decline to ship an Olympic crew to the Olympic Video games in the us (presently Russia) in 1980. Honduras, Belize and El Salvador -the different anti-Communist nations in Central America- boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics…

North America

Do you know… Through the 1904 Olympic Video games, the Canadian males’s soccer crew received the worldwide title. The Olympic winners have been: Ernest Linton, John Gourley, Albert Johnston, Thomas Taylor, Alexander Corridor, William Twaits, Georges Ducker, Robert Lane, John Fraser, Frederick Steep, Gordon McDonald, Albert Henderson.


Do you know… On the Summer time Olympic Video games in 1904 in Missouri(USA), Cuba completed third within the unofficial crew standings, behind america and Germany. Ramón Fonst earned three gold medals in fencing occasions.

In 1975, Hasely Crawford -a sprinter from Trinidad & Tobago- earned silver within the 100m on the Pan American Video games in Mexico Metropolis. 9 months, on the Video games of the XXI Olympiad in Montreal (Canada), Hasely received the 100m occasion.


Do you know… Cameroon -a tropical nation on the African continent- despatched one competitor to the Winter Video games in Salt Lake Metropolis, Utah. Isaac Menyoli stated, “All the pieces is fantastic. It is like being in a fantasy. I am comfortable to symbolize my nation”.

In Athens 2004, Kirsty Coventry, a virtually unknown swimmer from Zimbabwe, received the gold medal within the girls’s 200m backstroke. Curiously, she is an American-educated athlete.
Ladies’s 200m backstroke closing:
1.Coventry, Kirsty ( Zimbabwe ) gold medal
2.Hoelzer, Margaret ( USA ) silver medal
3.Nakamura, Rieko ( Japan ) bronze medal
4.Zueva, Anastasia ( Russia )
5.Beisel, Elisabeth ( USA )
6.Simmonds, Elizabeth ( United Kingdom )
7.Nay, Meagen ( Australia )
8.Hocking, Belinda ( Australia )

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