Google doodle commemorates 120th Anniversary of first modern Olympic games

New Delhi: Google is commemorating the 120th Anniversary of first modern Olympic games with a creative doodle.

The event officially started in Athens, Greece in 1896 and was called the 'Games of the I Olympiad.'

The 1896 games included 9 different sports and 43 events.

"Most noteworthy was the marathon — it had the greatest number of international athletes ever. Equally noteworthy was its winner, Spyridon "Spyro" Louis, the only Greek champion in the athletics division, and a national hero for the host country. His monumental victory on that historic day continues to inspire Greek pride," Google said.

Today's doodle by Olivia Huynh shows 4 different scenes from the games.

The first doodle shows the marathon, which was won by Greek champion athlete Spyridon “Spyro” Louis. The second doodle shows the weightlifting event, which was a tie between Scotland’s Launceston Elliot and Denmark’s Viggo Jensen.

The third doodle shows Switzerland’s Louis Zutter on the pommel horse, while the fourth doodle shows American Robert Garrett who won the gold medal for shot put as well as discus throw. 

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