Advertisement
Sunday, Nov 28, 2021
Outlook.com
Outlook.com

Tokyo Olympics, Special Series: Blast From Past - Fun Facts From 1924, 1928 Olympics

The Olympic motto Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger) was used for the first time at the 1924 Paris Games

Tokyo Olympics, Special Series: Blast From Past - Fun Facts From 1924, 1928 Olympics
Tokyo Olympics motto is 'United by Emotion', which the organisers said reflected the 'universal values' and 'unifying power of sport'. | Courtesy: Twitter
Tokyo Olympics, Special Series: Blast From Past - Fun Facts From 1924, 1928 Olympics
outlookindia.com
2021-07-17T13:04:52+05:30

With the Tokyo Olympics approaching, we take a look at interesting facts and trivia about the Games from its previous editions.

Here are some highlights and fun facts from the Olympics Games held in 1924 and 1928.

1924, Paris Olympics

*It was the second time Paris hosted the Games, becoming the first city to host the Olympics twice.

*More than 3,000 athletes, including over 100 women, represented a record 44 countries.

*The Games were attended by over 1,000 journalists.

*The 1924 Paris Games introduced the closing ceremony ritual as we know it today, involving the raising of three flags  --  the flag of the International Olympic Committee, the flag of the host nation and the flag of the next host nation.

*The Olympic motto Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger) was used for the first time at the Olympics.

*It marked the first time that the athletes were accommodated in an Olympic Village, a group of wood cabins.

*American swimmer Johnny Weissmuller, known for playing the titular role of Tarzan in Tarzan the Ape Man (1932 version),  won three golds at the Games.

*The marathon distance was fixed at 42.195 km.

*British runners Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell won the 100 m and the 400 m events, respectively. Liddell refused to compete in the 100-meter dash because it was held on a Sunday and he was an observant Christian. Their stories were depicted in the 1981 movie Chariots of Fire.

*The 1924 Paris Olympics were the first to use the standard 50 m pool with marked lanes.

*Ireland made its first appearance in the Olympic Games as an independent nation.

1928, Amsterdam Olympics

*The Olympic Flame was lit for the first time for the duration of the Olympics, a tradition that continues to this day. The fire was lit in a cauldron that was placed at the top of a tower in the stadium

*Tennis was dropped from Olympic competition because of questions over the amateur standing of many participants.

*For the first time, the parade of nations started with Greece, which holds the origins of the Olympics, and ended with the host country, a tradition which has also continued ever since.

*The number of female competitors more than doubled, as women were finally allowed to compete in gymnastics and athletics.

*The Indian men's hockey team took its first-ever gold medal, beginning a streak of six consecutive gold medals in the sport.

*Asian athletes won gold medals for the first time.

*Australian rower Henry Pearce stopped midway through his quarter-final to let a family of ducks pass, but still went on to win the race and eventually the gold medal.

*Germany participated in the Games once again after 16 years of absence since the 1912 Games.

*Athletics events were held on a 400-meter track, later becoming the standard for athletics tracks.

*The sponsor Coca-Cola made its first appearance at the Olympic Games.

Advertisement

Outlook Newsletters

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Read More from Outlook

Ordinary People And Their Tales Of Incredible Courage

Ordinary People And Their Tales Of Incredible Courage

In ordinary people live extraordinary tales of courage that speak truth to power

Uttar Pradesh: One Week On, Mystery Shrouds Death Of 3 Dalit Girls

Uttar Pradesh: One Week On, Mystery Shrouds Death Of 3 Dalit Girls

The post-mortem report said that the three girls died 'when they got crushed after coming in front of a train that was passing through'.

ISL: ATK Mohun Bagan Hammer East Bengal 3-0 In Kolkata Derby

ISL: ATK Mohun Bagan Hammer East Bengal 3-0 In Kolkata Derby

Three first-half goals proved more than enough for ATK Mohun Bagan to beat East Bengal in the first Kolkata derby of ISL 2021-22.

‘Clock Can Be Reversed In J&K After Farm Laws Repeal’

‘Clock Can Be Reversed In J&K After Farm Laws Repeal’

Former Chief Minister and Member Parliament Dr Farooq Abdullah:'The restoration of early statehood and Article 370 is the only way forward. Otherwise, Kashmiris will continue to bleed and there will be hardly any progress in this part of the world'.

Advertisement