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General Facts about Olympics
  • Olympics started in Ancient Greece. Many stories are associated with the mega event. The most popular of them is that Heracles, the son of God Zeus, was the first to run in the race in Olympia. He gave it the name of Olympics and proclaimed that these games will be held once in four years.
  • IOC (International Olympics Committee) gives a specific city the honor of hosting the event rather than a country.
  • Gold medals were made of pure gold more than 100 years ago. It was for the last time in 1912 Olympics when pure gold medals were awarded.
  • In the 1908 London Olympics, the first Opening Ceremony was held.
  • The Olympics Flag has five rings in different colors. The colors were chosen because they incorporated the colors of all the national flags.
  • In 1936, the event was televised for the first time. It took place in Berlin.
  • Earlier, only male participants took part in the games. Women participated for the first time in the 1900 Paris Olympics.
  • London 1908 Olympics lasted for 187 days starting from April 27 to October 31.
  • The Olympics did not take place in the years 1916, 1940 and 1944 because of World War I and II.
  • Olympiad is a unit of time used to measure a period of 4 years.
  • Brazil is the first South American country to host the Summer Olympics.
  • Greek gymnast Dimitrios Loundras took part in the Athens Olympics held in 1896. He won a bronze medal. He was just 10 years and 218 days old at the time and to this day remains the youngest Olympics competitor and medalist on record.

Last Updated : March 10, 2016

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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