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Oldest Sporting Events

Doggett's Coat and Badge Race is the world's olderst continuous sporting event. It is a rowing contest held on the River Thames in England and has been held every year since 1715. The Newmarket Town Plate horse eace is even older, but the race was discontinued for a while.


Event First Held Event First Held
Newmarket Town Plate horse race 1665 Football League Championship (England) 1888
Doggett's Coat and Badge Race (rowing) 1715 Stanley Cup ice hockey competition 1893
Real Tennis Championship 1740 US Open golf championship 1895
St. Leger horse race 1776 Davis Cup Tennis Tournament 1900
Epsom Derby horse race 1780 Baseball World Series 1903
County Cricket Championship 1827 Tour de France cycle race 1903
Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race 1829 Ryder Cup golf tournament 1927
Grand National steeplechase 1836 FIFA Soccer World Cup 1930
Henley Regatta 1839 Formula One World Championship 1950
British Open golf championship 1860 Super Bowl (US football championship) 1967
Melbourne Cup horse race 1861 Cricket World Cup 1975
America's Cup yachting series 1870 Athletics World Cup 1977
Football Association Challenge Cup 1872 World Athletics Championships 1983
Kentucky Derby horse race 1875 Breeders' Cup horse race series 1984
Test Match cricket 1877 Rugby Union World Cup 1987
    Cricket World Twenty20 Cup 2007



World Top Sporting Events


These are the leading events in the world's most popular sports, in addition to the Olympic Games.


  • American football
  • Super Bowl

  • Athletics
  • IAAF (International Athletics Association Federations) World Championship

  • Cricket
  • ICC Cricket World Cup (every four years), ICC World Twenty20 Cup

  • Grand Prix Auto Racing (US)
  • Indianpolis 500

  • Baseball
  • World Series

  • Basketball
  • NBA (National Basketball Association) Final

  • Cycling
  • Tour de France

  • Golf
  • British Open, US Open, Ryder Cup(every two years)

  • Horse Racing
  • Epsom Derby, Grand National, Breeders' Cup, Kentucky Derby

  • Ice Hockey
  • Stanley Cup

  • Motor Racing
  • World Formula One Championship

  • Rallying
  • Dakar Rally

  • Rugby League
  • Challenge Cup, Super League

  • Rugby Union
  • Six Nations Tournament, World Cup (every four years)

  • Soccer
  • UEFA Champions League, FIFA World Cup (every four years)

  • Tennis
  • Wimbledon Championships, US Open

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Biggest Crowds

In the past, more than 100,000 people at a time crammed into American football's Rose Bowl, the old Wembley Stadium and other venues across Europe to watch sport. Today, there are laws which limit the number of people allowed in a sports stadium. Outdoor events such as the New York Marathon and the Tour de France now draw biggest crowds. They are held over open roads and people don't have to pay to watch them.

  • Abour 2.5 Million people watch the New York Marathon - the biggest crowd for a single day at a sporting event. As many as 15 million people turn out to see the Tour de France during its three weeks.


  • The record crowd for a golf tournament was set at the US Open, Flushing Meadows, 2005, which was attended by 659,538 people.


  • In horse raching, mroe than 60,000 watch the Grand National and about 120,000 go to the Epsom Derby every year.


  • Cricket attracts big crowds. Nearly a million people watched the 1936-37 series between Australia and England over its three months. More than 400,000 people watched the India V Pakistan Test match in Calcutta in 1998-99


  • Some of the biggest crowds at US sporting events are for Indy car races. Abour 270,000 fans attend the Indianpolis 500 every year and as many as 332,000 attended the 2006 Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal.


  • Sports on TV

    TV audiences for many sporting events were larger 30 years ago than they are today. Fewer people had televisions, but there were not as many channels and no video recorders, so more people watched events live.


    UK Event Audience*
    World Cup Final-England V West Germany, 1966 32,500,000
    World Cup - Brazil V England, 1970 32,500,000
    FA Cup Final replay - Chelsea V Leeds United, 1970 32,000,000
    World Heavyweight boxing match - Muhammad Ali V Joe Frazier,1970 27,000,000


    USA Event Audience*
    Super Bowl XLII - New York Gaints V New England Patriots, 2008 148,300,000
    Super Bowl XXXVIII - New England Patriots v Carolina Panthers,2004 143,600,000
    Super Bowl XL - Pittsburgh Steelers V Seattle Seahawks, 2006 141,400,000
    Super Bowl XLI - Indianpolis Colts V Chicago Bears, 2007 140,000,000
    Super Bowl XXXVII - Tampa Bay Buccaneers V Oakland Raiders2003 138,900,000
    Super Bowl XXX - Dallas Cowboys V Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996 138,488,000
    Super Bowl XXVIII - Dallas Cowboys V Buffalo Bills ,1994 134,800,000
    Super Bowl XXVII - Dallas Cowboys V Buffalo Bills, 1993 133,400,000


The Olympics




Summer Olympics And Winter Olympics


It is very apparent at which season both Winter Olympics and Summer Olympics are held. Every other four years, people will get together to take part first on the coldest of seasons which was originally started the year of 1924 in France where sports that involved ice or snow are held. On the other hand, Summer Olympics are more for sports held on fields under the beating sun. International Olympic Committee introduced this competition earlier in 1904. Both will award gold, silver and bronze to the highest contenders determined in the conclusion of the event.



Summer Olympics

The modern Olympic Games have been held every four years since 1896, except during World Wars I and II. Over this time the numbers of competitors, events and nations taking part have all increased dramatically.


Winter Paralympic events for athletes with disabilities have been held since 1976. The Summer Paralympics began in 1960 and were first held in conjuction with the regular Summer Olympics in 1988.



Olympic History

The ancient Olympic Games were dedicated to the Olympian gods and held at Olympia, on the border between Greece and Macedonia. They began in 776 BC and were held every four years. There were fewer events than now, and only Greeks could take part. The 293rd and last Olympiad was held in AD 392. After this , they were banned by the Emperor Theodosius. The games were revived in 1896 when the first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens.



The Olympic Flag

The five-ring Olympic flag was first raised at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics. The rings on the flag represent the five major regions of the world: the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australa. At least one of the colours on the flag (blue, yellow, black, green and red ) can be found on the flag of the every nation in the world.

Olympic Games medal table (1896-2012)


Team Summer Gold Silver Bronze Total Winter Gold Silver Bronze Total Games Gold Silver Bronze Combined total
United States 26 975 759 667 2401 21 87 95 71 253 47 1061 852 739 2652
 Soviet Union (URS) 9 395 319 296 1010 9 78 57 59 194 18 473 376 355 1204
 Great Britain 27 236 272 272 780 21 9 3 10 22 48 245 275 282 802
France 27 202 223 246 671 21 27 27 40 94 48 229 250 286 765
Germany 15 174 182 217 573 10 70 72 48 190 25 244 254 265 763
Italy 26 198 166 185 549 21 37 32 37 106 47 236 198 222 656
Sweden 26 143 164 176 483 21 48 33 48 129 47 191 197 224 612
Hungary 25 167 144 164 475 21 0 2 4 6 46 167 146 168 481
China 9 201 144 128 473 9 9 18 17 44 18 210 162 145 517
Australia 25 138 153 177 468 17 5 1 3 9 42 143 154 179 476
East Germany 5 153 129 127 409 6 39 36 35 110 11 192 165 162 519
Russia 5 133 122 144 399 5 36 29 26 91 10 169 151 170 490
Japan 21 130 126 142 398 19 9 13 15 37 40 139 139 157 435
Finland 24 101 84 117 302 21 41 59 56 156 45 142 143 173 458
Romania 20 88 94 119 301 19 0 0 1 1 39 88 94 120 302
Canada 25 59 99 120 278 21 52 45 48 145 46 111 144 168 423
Poland 20 64 82 125 271 21 2 6 6 14 41 66 88 131 285
Netherlands 25 77 85 104 266 19 29 31 26 86 44 106 116 130 352
South Korea 16 81 82 80 243 16 23 14 8 45 32 104 96 88 288
Bulgaria 19 51 85 78 214 18 1 2 3 6 37 52 87 81 220



List of most Olympic gold medals over career

No. Athlete Nation Sport Years Games Gender Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Michael Phelps United States Swimming 2004–2012 Summer M 18 2 2 22
2 Larisa Latynina Soviet Union Gymnastics 1956–1964 Summer F 9 5 4 18
3 Paavo Nurmi Finland Athletics 1920–1928 Summer M 9 3 0 12
4 Mark Spitz United States/td> Swimming 1968–1972 Summer M 9 1 1 11
5 Carl Lewis United States Athletics 1984–1996 Summer M 9 1 0 10
6 Bjørn Dæhlie Norway Cross-country skiing 1992–1998 Winter M 8 4 0 12
6 Birgit Fischer Germany Canoeing 1980–2004 Summer F 8 4 0 12
8 Sawao Kato Japan Gymnastics 1968–1976 Summer M 8 3 1 12
8 Jenny Thompson United States Swimming 1992–2004 Summer F 8 3 1 12
10 Matt Biondi United States Swimming 1984–1992 Summer M 8 2 1 11



Summer Olympic Host

Games Year Host Dates Nations
Competitors
Sports Events
Total Men Women
1 1896 Athens, Greece 6–15 April 14 241 241 0 9 43
2 1900 Paris, France 14 May – 28 October 24 997 975 22 18 95
3 1904 St. Louis, United States 1 July – 23 November 12 651 645 6 17 91
4 1908 London, Great Britain 27 April – 31 October 22 2008 1971 37 22 110
5 1912 Stockholm, Sweden 12 May – 27 July 28 2407 2359 48 14 102
6 1916 Originally awarded to Berlin, cancelled because of World War I
7 1920 Antwerp, Belgium 20 April – 12 September 29 2626 2561 65 22 154
8 1924 Paris, France 4 May – 27 July 44 3089 2954 135 17 126
9 1928 Amsterdam, Netherlands 17 May – 12 August 46 2883 2606 277 14 109
10 1932 Los Angeles, United States 30 July – 14 August 37 1332 1206 126 14 117
11 1936 Berlin, Germany 1–16 August 49 3963 3632 331 19 129
12 1940 Originally awarded to Tokyo, then awarded to Helsinki, cancelled because of World War II
13 1944 Originally awarded to London, cancelled because of World War II
14 1948 London, Great Britain 29 July – 14 August 59 4104 3714 390 17 136
15 1952 Helsinki, Finland 19 July – 3 August 69 4955 4436 519 17 149
16 1956 Melbourne, Australia 22 November – 9 December 72 3314 2938 376 17 145
17 1960 Rome, Italy 25 August – 11 September 83 5338 4727 611 17 150
18 1964 Tokyo, Japan 10–24 October 93 5151 4473 678 19 163
19 1968 Mexico City, Mexico 12–27 October 112 5516 4735 781 18 172
20 1972 Munich, West Germany 26 August – 11 September 121 7134 6075 1059 21 195
21 1976 Montreal, Canada 17 July – 1 August 92 6084 4824 1260 21 198
22 1980 Moscow, Soviet Union 19 July – 3 August 80 5179 4064 1115 21 203
23 1984 Los Angeles, United States 28 July – 12 August 140 6829 5263 1566 21 221
24 1988 Seoul, South Korea 17 September – 2 October 160 8391 6197 2194 23 237
25 1992 Barcelona, Spain 25 July – 9 August 169 9356 6652 2704 25 257
26 1996 Atlanta, United States 19 July – 4 August 197 10318 6806 3512 26 271
27 2000 Sydney, Australia 15 September – 1 October 199 10651 6582 4069 28 300
28 2004 Athens, Greece 13–29 August 201 10625 6296 4329 28 301
29 2008 Beijing, China 8–24 August 204 10942 6305 4637 28 302
30 2012 London, Great Britain 27 July – 12 August 204 10820 N/A N/A 26 302
31 2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 5–21 August future event
32 2020 Istanbul, Turkey or
Tokyo, Japan or
Madrid, Spain

(TBD September 7, 2013)
TBD future event