The very first Olympic race, held in 776 BC, was won by Corubus, a chef.
First Modern Olympic Games
The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896. There were 311 male but no female competitors.
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Sports command the biggest television audiences, led by the summer Olympics, World Cup Football and Formula One racing.
The first instance of global electronic communications took place in 1871 when news of the Derby winner was telegraphed from London to Calcutta in under 5 minutes.