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.
Spectators watching Marathon race during the Olympic Games of 1896, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation, Public Domain Marked
Olympic champion Gymnast Alfred Flatow at the 1896 Athens Olympics, Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig, CC BY-NC-SA
Victorious English 400m women’s relay swimming team at the 1912 Stockholm Olympic Games, Wellcome Library, CC-BY
End of 5000m race, 1912 Stockholm Olympics, National Library Of France, Public Domain Marked
Beginning of the marathon, 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games, National Library of France, Public Domain Marked
110m hurdles race, 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games, National Library Of France, Public Domain Marked
Diver Harold Clarke at the 1920 Antwerp Olympic Games, National Library of France, Public Domain Marked
Athlete in the 4 x 100m relay, 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games, Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig, CC BY-NC-SA
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