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Fact of the Day


The first woman to light the Olympic cauldron with the Olympic flame was Norma Enriqueta Basilio de Sotelo at Mexico City in 1968

The first woman to light the Olympic cauldron with the Olympic flame was Norma Enriqueta Basilio de Sotelo at Mexico City in 1968. She represented Mexico in the 80 metres hurdles and 400 metres and the 4x100m relay in the Games. She carried the Olympic Torch again in 2004 when it passed through the Mexican capital on its way to Athens.



Ireland bocyotted the 1936 Olympics in Berlin because of a controversial ruling on borders which restricted the Olympic Council of Ireland's jurisdiction to what was then the Irish Free State, the state established as a dominion under th

Ireland bocyotted the 1936 Olympics in Berlin because of a controversial ruling on borders which restricted the Olympic Council of Ireland's jurisdiction to what was then the Irish Free State, the state established as a dominion under the Anglo-Irish Treaty.

Italian Alberto Braglia was the first man to win successive individual all-round Olympic gymnastic golds when he followed up his title at London in 1908 with a similar success in Stockholm four years later.

Italian Alberto Braglia was the first man to win successive individual all-round Olympic gymnastic golds when he followed up his title at London in 1908 with a similar success in Stockholm four years later. Afterwards he joined the circus as an acrobat but then returned as Italy's chief coach for Los Angeles in 1932.



When Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie won the 10,000 metres at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 his winning margin of victory over Kenyan rival Paul Tergat was only 0.09sec, closer than the winning margin in the men's 100m final.

When Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie won the 10,000 metres at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 his winning margin of victory over Kenyan rival Paul Tergat was only 0.09sec, closer than the winning margin in the men's 100m final. That race was won by American Maurice Greene, who beat Trinidad and Tobago's Ato Boldon by 0.12.

The oldest athlete to compete and win a medal at the Olympics is Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn, who was 72 when he won a silver in the 100metres team running deer, double shots, event at Antwerp in 1920

The oldest athlete to compete and win a medal at the Olympics is Swedish shooter Oscar Swahn, who was 72 when he won a silver in the 100 metres team running deer, double shots, event at Antwerp in 1920. It was the last of six medals he won in the Games, including three gold, two at London in 1908 and one at Stockholm 1912.

During the first several modern Olympics, the marathon was always an approximate distance

During the first several modern Olympics, the marathon was always an approximate distance. In 1908, the British Royal Family requested that the marathon start at the Windsor Castle so that the Royal children could witness its start. The distance from the Windsor Castle to the Olympic Stadium in White City was 42,195 meters (or 26 miles and 385 yards). In 1924, this distance became the standardised length of a marathon.


Olivier Halassy, a member of Hungary's water polo team, won three Olympic medals, including two gold, between 1928 and 1936.

Olivier Halassy, a member of Hungary's water polo team, won three Olympic medals, including two gold, between 1928 and 1936. What makes his achievement even more remarkable is that he had only one leg, the other having been amputated below the knee following a childhood traffic accident. He was killed in 1946 by a Soviet soldier after a robbery near his home in Budapest.

When Paris was bidding to host the 1992 Olympics, their bid committee published a poster depicting Asterix holding a torch over the Eiffel Tower, while a brief Asterix at the Olympics story was also written to promote the campaign.

When Paris was bidding to host the 1992 Olympics, their bid committee published a poster depicting Asterix holding a torch over the Eiffel Tower, while a brief Asterix at the Olympics story was also written to promote the campaign. It made little difference, though as the Games were awarded to Barcelona.