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1896 Summergames Athens (Greece)

1896 Summergames Athens (Greece)

Type of game:Summergames
Country:Greece Greece

Date and place

Games of the 1st Olympiad Athens 1896; 6-15 april


Number of participants: 241 (men only)

Participating countries: 14
Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Chile, Denmark, Germany, France, Greece, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Austria, United States, Sweden, Switzerland.


Athletics, weightlifting, wrestling and gymnastics in the Panathinaikou Stadium (architect: Anatasios Metaxas, construction cost: 920,000 drachmas, spectator capacity: 69.000, cinder track with a length of 333.33 m), fencing in Zappeion (exhibition), shooting on the firing range of Kallithea, cycling at the velodrome in New Phaleron (length of the concrete runway 333.33 m), about 87 kilometer marathon race from Athens to Marathon and back, swimming in the Bay of Zea in Piraeus, rowing (was canceled due of high seas) in the Bay Phaleron, tennis on the tennis courts (partly covered) near the columns of the Jupiter temple in Athens