1896 Olympics, Athens
The 1896 Olympics in Athens, Greece, were the first international Olympic Games held in the Modern era. 6 to 15 April 1896.
Leon Flameng and Paul Masson (25 Mar-3 Apr 1896): Leon Flameng (left) of France and Paul Masson (right) of France relax between Cycling events during the 1896 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Flameng won gold in the 100 Kilometres event and Masson won gold medals in the Sprint 2000 Metres and 10000 Metres events. \ Mandatory Credit: IOC/Olympic Museum /Allsport
James Brendan Bennet Connolly won a silver medal in triple jump (then known as the hop, skip and jump) in the first final event of 1896 Olympics. He outjumped the field, finishing more than 1m ahead of his nearest opponent by jumping 13.71 m. With this performance, he became the first Olympic champion since 385 AD.