8 Facts About Olympic Summer Games

1. The inaugural Olympic Summer Games took place in 1896 in Athens, Greece, and the most recent edition was held in 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

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2. Olympic Summer Games won in 2 hours 58 minutes and 50 seconds, setting off wild celebrations at the stadium.

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3. The Olympic Summer Games were integrated with the Paris World's Fair and lasted over 5 months.

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4. The 1936 Berlin Olympic Summer Games saw the introduction of the Torch Relay.

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5. The 1944 Olympic Summer Games were due to be held in London but were cancelled; instead, London hosted the first games after the end of the war, in 1948.

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6. The 1976 Olympic Summer Games were boycotted by many African nations as a protest against a recent tour of apartheid-run South Africa by the New Zealand national rugby union team.

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7. The boycott contributed to the 1980 Olympic Summer Games being a less publicised and less competitive affair, which was dominated by the host country.

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8. The Sydney Olympic Summer Games saw the first appearance of a joint North and South Korean contingent at the opening ceremonies, though they competed in all events as different teams.

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