8 moments from Olympic Games history

written by Adrian on August 22, 2016 in Content and Europeana Sport with one Comment

The 2016 Olympic Games came to a close last night in Rio de Janeiro with an energetic closing ceremony.

2016’s Games saw history being made – first gold medals for nations such as Puerto Rico, Singapore and Bahrain, new World and Olympic records set  as well as many personal achievements for the athletes.

Our collections also show moments from Olympic history, so we’ve selected 8 for you.

people watching marathon race

Spectators watching Marathon race during the Olympic Games of 1896, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, Public Domain Marked

 

man doing handstand on parallel bars

Olympic champion Gymnast Alfred Flatow at the 1896 Athens Olympics, Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig, CC BY-NC-SA

 

four female swimmers standing by a pool

Victorious English 400m women’s relay swimming team at the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games, Wellcome Library, CC-BY

 

two men run across race finishing line

End of 5000m race, 1912 Stockholm Olympics, National Library Of France, Public Domain Marked

 

runners racing at beginning of marathon race

Beginning of the marathon, 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games, National Library of France, Public Domain Marked

 

hurdlers racing to finish line

110m hurdles race, 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games, National Library Of France, Public Domain Marked

 

man diving into pool from a height

Diver Harold Clarke at the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games, National Library of France, Public Domain Marked

 

man holding baton running in relay race

Athlete in the 4 x 100m relay, 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games, Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig, CC BY-NC-SA