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Publication Date: 5 Jan 2012
Subject: Sports & recreation
Suitable for: Secondary
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Presents accounts of bizarre and controversial incidents spanning the history of the modern Olympic Games
The Olympics' Strangest Moments recounts the bizarre, controversial, inept, heroic and plain unlucky from the first modern games in 1896 to the return of the games to their birthplace in Athens in 2004 and up to the Beijing 2008 games.
The world's greatest sporting occasion has been packed with unusual occurrences as well as creating unlikely heroes such as Dorando Pietri, who missed out on marathon gold after being helped over the finish line by over-anxious officials, and "Eric the Eel" from Equatorial Guinea who was acknowledged as the slowest swimmer in the history of the games. the return of the games to their birthplace in Athens in 2004.
This edition has been updated with strange stories from Beijing 2008 and the run up to London 2012.
A Leap into the Unknown: Athens, 6 April 1896
The First Olympic Marathon: Athens, 10 April 1896
The Big Chill: Athens, 11 April 1896
Duffey's Disaster: Paris, 14 July 1900
Never on a Sunday: Paris, 15 July 1900
The Boy Champion: Paris, 26 August 1900
The Marathon Imposter: St Louis, 30 August 1904
The Man With The Wooden Leg: St Louis, 28 October 1904
The Champion Who Never Was: London, 11 July 1908