London Prepares For Third Olympics

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Getting already located the big event in 1908 and 1948, London is placed to get the very first city on the planet for hosting the current Olympic games Games three occasions.

The 1908 Olympic games were just the 4th of contemporary occasions. The very first occured in Athens, before it visited Paris after which St Louis. In 1906, the Intercalated Games required devote Athens but these aren’t formally recognised through the Worldwide Olympic Committee.

Initially the 1908 games may be locked in Rome but due to the 1906 eruption of Vesuvius – which claimed 100 lives and released probably the most lava recorded from the of this volcano’s activities – an italian man , government made the decision to invest their elsewhere.

British athletes enjoyed home conditions and picked up more medals than the other 21 participating nations and won more Gold than these combined. The 1908 event was damaged by debate but additionally set standards for future occasions – both were highlighted through the marathon.

Formerly this race was 25 miles however, to permit the marathon to start at Windsor Castle and finish while watching Royal Box within the stadium it needed to be extended to 26 miles and 385 yards – the space that’s run today.

In the finish from the race, Italian runner Dorando Pietri joined the stadium first but started going the wrong manner across the track. Officials redirected him but, because of exhaustion, Pietri collapsed. The officials helped him up but he collapsed several more occasions prior to the finish line, every time receiving assistance to wake up, before he entered the road on the first page. American representatives complained he was helped, Pietri was disqualified and also the gold medal was handed towards the runner up – US athlete Johnny Hayes. Officials later considered it wasn’t his fault he have been disqualified so he was handed just one cup like a keepsake of his, now unofficial, victory.

40 years later, the Olympic games were locked in the Wembley Stadium, not in White-colored City Stadium as before. London was initially selected for hosting the 1944 event however the event was cancelled due to The Second World War. The town reapplied for that 1948 games and, this time around, they went relatively easily. British medals were scarce and also the United kingdom team finished twelfth most out of 59 nations.

Just one major incident happened – Czechoslovakian gymnast Marie Provaznikova declined to come back home after winning a gold medal, claiming there is too little freedom in her own country. This political defection was the first one to happen in the Olympic games.

Tickets for that 2012 games continue purchase this year and demand is anticipated to become huge. Companies and hotels working in london are anticipating an enormous demand their professional services and also the trains and buses system will probably be tested for the first time.

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