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As a 30-year-old mother of two, was persuaded to revive her career by her husband and went on to win four gold medals at the 1948 Olympics. In her career, the Flying Dutchwoman set world records in seven events. Her events included the sprints and Pentathlon.
Rugby balls and footballs were made from pigs’ bladders and had to be blown up by mouth, it was possible to become ill if blowing up a diseased bladder,the wife of Lindon, a man who made balls for Rugby School in the 19th Century, died after breathing in the toxic air.
His distinctive style of grimacing, head-rolling running style became famous, never more so than the 52 Olympics in Helsinki, where he topped off the 5k and 10k golds with his first marathon a couple of days later and won. Zatopek was unbeaten at 10k between 48 and 54, and he broke 18 world records.
Originally contests were fought in a drawn circle on the floor. The Jack Broughton rules in 1743, had a small circle in the centre of the fight area where the boxers met at the start of each round. The Pugilistic Society in 1838 is who we thank for the 1st square ring.
The Calcutta Cup is the trophy presented to the winner of the England versus Scotland rugby union match. When the Calcutta RFC was disbanded, the memory of the club was kept alive by having the remaining 270 silver rupees in their bank melted down to be made into a trophy.
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We always talk about the 1896 start of the modern Olympics but the ancient Olympics demised only once the Roman emperors became Christian. Pagan festivals were at first discouraged and then completely outlawed. The Olympic games were first and foremost a religious celebration in honour of Zeus, they held no place in the Christian empire. […]
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