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Last gasp Olympics

posted 14 Aug 2012, 03:03 by Tony Kirby   [ updated 14 Aug 2012, 03:10 ]
Mum is still involved in the endless task of saving St Andrews. Here's a few last gasp Olympic facts

Remarkable gymnast

In 1904 American George Eyser won three golds, two silvers and a bronze in gymnastics, all achieved even though he had a wooden leg. (Standards not perhaps quite so high?)

Wrestling

At the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, one of the 75kg middleweight Graeco-Roman wrestling semi-finals lasted 11 hours and 40 minutes. The competitors were Ma

rtin Klein, an Estonian representing Tsarist Russia, and Alfred Asikainen of Finland who was eventually defeated.

Unfortunately, Klein was too exhausted to wrestle in the final and had to settle for second place.

Subbed on

In 1900 a local boy was a last-minute replacement as a cox in the coxed pairs rowing team which won gold.. He disappeared without trace afterwards and never got his medal.

This started much earlier...

Stella Walsh (born Stanislawa Walasiewiczowna in Poland) won the 1932 womenís 100 metres dash. When she was killed in 1980 the post-mortem revealed one big surprise ñ she was a man!


The tethrippon...what an event! One for you Mark..

The first recorded female Olympic champion was Kyniska of Sparta who won the tethrippon in 396 and 392BC.v.  This is in fact 4 horse chariot racing

And for Maria....rather cool isn't this?
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