The ancient Olympic Games were initially a one-day event until 684 BC, when they were extended to three days. In the 5th century B.C., the Games were extended again to cover five days. The ancient Games included running, long jump, shot put, javelin, boxing, pankration and equestrian events.
How many ancient Olympic Games were there?
The Olympic Games were the most important cultural event in ancient Greece and they ran for 293 consecutive Olympiads. So important were the Games in the ancient world that they were even used as a basis for the calendar.
What Games were played in the first Olympics?
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) was formed, and the first Games were planned for 1896 in Athens, the capital of Greece. In Athens, 280 participants from 13 nations competed in 43 events, covering track-and-field, swimming, gymnastics, cycling, wrestling, weightlifting, fencing, shooting, and tennis.
What is the oldest Olympic sport still played today?
The running race known as stadion or stade is the oldest Olympic Sport in the world.
Why is Greece always first in the Olympics?
The modern Olympic Games began in Athens in 1896. So Greece gets the honor of starting in the Parade of Nations. The countries that are hosting the next few Games go at the end, with the host country last.