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Google`s 120th anniversary doodle recalls 1st modern Olympic Games


New Delhi: Google has dedicated its today’s 120th anniversary doodle to mark the modern incarnation of the ancient Olympic Games.

Designed by Olivia Huynh, the doodle shows four different scenes from the event. Each of them can be seen by refreshing the homepage.

On clicking the doodle, a google search page opens up and shows parts of a Wikipedia article, which reads, “The 1896 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad, was a multi-sport event held in Athens, Greece, from 6 to 15 April 1896. It was the first international Olympic Games held in the Modern era.”

As per the tech giant, the 1896 games included 9 different sports and 43 events. Most noteworthy was the marathon, which had the greatest number of international athletes ever.

The popular search engine further said that 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.

Since the first modern Olympics were held 120 years ago, they have continued to be staged over every four years with the exception of 1940 and 1944 due to World War II. London is the only city to have hosted the event on three occasions. (ANI)

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