What was the first event and the only event for the first 12 Olympics?
For the first 12 Olympics the stadion foot-race was the only event and it remained the most prestigious event throughout the history of the Games. The race was ran over one length (a stadion) of the stadium track, 600 ancient feet or 192 m and preliminary heats were held with heat winners going into the final.
Who was the first Olympic champion?
First Modern Champion
On 6 April 1896, the American James Connolly won the triple jump to become the first Olympic champion in more than 1,500 years.