Eighty years later, when the 2004 Summer Olympics returned to Athens for the first time in more than a century, nearly 11,000 athletes from a record 201 countries competed.In a gesture that joined both ancient and modern Olympic traditions, the shotput competition that year was held at the site of the classical Games in Olympia.
In Jan 2015, I set a world record by swimming 2.28 kilometres in 41.14 minutes in 1 C temperature. Long distance swimming also called OPEN WATER SWIMMING & it’s now become an Olympic event.Their influence was so great that ancient historians began to measure time by the four-year increments in between Olympic Games, which were known as Olympiads. C., pankration, a combination of boxing and wrestling with virtually no rules, debuted as an Olympic event.The 1896 Games featured the first Olympic marathon, which followed the 25-mile route run by the Greek soldier who brought news of a victory over the Persians from Marathon to Athens in 490 B. Fittingly, Greece's Spyridon Louis won the first gold medal in the event. Participation in the ancient Olympic Games was initially limited to freeborn male citizens of Greece; there were no women’s events, and married women were prohibited from attending the competition. 393, Emperor Theodosius I, a Christian, called for a ban on all “pagan” festivals, ending the ancient Olympic tradition after nearly 12 centuries.The Olympic flag, featuring this symbol on a white background, flew for the first time at the Antwerp Games in 1920.The Olympics truly took off as an international sporting event after 1924, when the VIII Games were held in Paris.