The day of the first modern Olympics – level 1
The first modern Olympics start in Athens, Greece. They start on April 6, 1896. They start 1,500 years after the last Olympics in Greece.
241 athletes come. They are from 14 countries. The sports are athletics, cycling, gymnastics, shooting, swimming, tennis, weightlifting, and wrestling.
Some sports in the Olympics are unusual. For example, there is a 100-meter swimming race for sailors, a 12-hour bicycle race, and weightlifting with one hand.
In the weightlifting competition, the winner lifts a weight of 111 kilograms with one hand.
The first modern Olympics are successful. 80,000 people watch them.
Difficult words: weightlifting (a sport in which people lift heavy things), race (a competition), sailor (a person who works on a ship).
What unique and innovative sports featured in the 1896 Olympics have been taken out of today's Olympic Games?
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