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.
Who started the modern Olympic Games and why?
Few people were ready to accept his idea. But in 1894 Coubertin founded the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and began planning the first modern Olympiad. The first modern Olympic Games were held in 1896 in Athens, Greece — a fitting place to rekindle the spirit of the early Greek Games.
What is the oldest event in the Olympic Games?
The running race known as stadion or stade is the oldest Olympic Sport in the world. It was the only event at the very first Olympics in 776 BCE and remained the sole event at the Games until 724 BCE.