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Montreal 1976 Olympics




The City of Montreal: Montreal is the second largest city in Canada. Montreal is also the 17th largest city in Northern America. The city is located on the Montreal Island at the confluence of rivers Saint Lawrence and Ottawa. Montreal is situated in the southwestern corner of the province of Quebec. Old Montreal, Old Port, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, St Joseph's Oratory, Olympic Park, Montreal Botanical Garden, Center Canadien d'Architecture are some of the landmarks in Montreal.

The Twenty-first Olympiad: The 1976 Summer Games were officially known as the Games of the XXI Olympiad . Montreal, Quebec, the second largest city in Canada hosted the Games in the year 1976.

Venue: In 1976, the Twenty-first Olympiad was held at the Olympic stadium in Montreal In the province of Quebec in Canada .

Participants: 6028 competitors Participated in the Twenty-first Olympiad. The 92 countries which took part in the competition were Andorra, Antigua, Argentina, Australia, Austria,

Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, British Honduras, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany Democratic Republic, Germany Federal Republic, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Israel, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Korea Democratic Republic, Korea people Republic, Kuwait, Lebanon, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Morocco, Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Singapore, Spain, Surinam, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, U.S.S.R., U.S.A.,US Virgin Islands, Uruguay, Venezuela and Yugoslavia.

Events: In the twenty-first Olympiad there were 198 events in 21 sports. Medals were awarded for archery, athletics, basketball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, football, gymnastics, handball, hockey, judo, modern pentathlon, rowing, shooting, swimming, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, wrestling and yachting.

Medal Count: U.S.S.R. won the maximum number of medals with a total of 125 medals ( 49 gold, 41 silver, 35 bronze medals). East Germany won 40 gold medals and United States won 34 gold medals.

A Brief Description of the Twenty-first Olympiad: The Twenty-first Summer Games were held from 17 th July to 1 st August in the year 1976 in Montreal , the second largest city in Canada. The Games were officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II . The athletes uttered Olympic oath led by Pierre St-Jean. The judges took Olympic oath led by Maurice Fauget . In the stadium, the Olympic Flame was lit by Stephane Prefontaine and Sandra Henderson.

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Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament. 

Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.

In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds.  Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.

Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.

 

Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did

French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.

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