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The Soviet Union's Boris Onishchenko was disqualified from the modern pentathlon after it was discovered that he had rigged his épée to register a hit when there was not one

The Soviet Union's Boris Onishchenko was disqualified from the modern pentathlon at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal after it was discovered that he had rigged his épée to register a hit when there was not one. Due to his disqualification, it was suggested that he earned the nickname of "Boris DISonish-chenko".


The Olympic Flame for Montreal 1976 was "electronically" transmitted via satellite from Athens to Ottawa, by means of an electronic pulse derived from the actual burning flame

The Olympic Flame for Montreal 1976 was "electronically" transmitted via satellite from Athens to Ottawa, by means of an electronic pulse derived from the actual burning flame. From Ottawa, it was carried by hand to Montreal. After a rainstorm doused the Olympic flame a few days after the Games had opened, an official relit the flame using his cigarette lighter. Organisers quickly doused it again and relit it using a backup of the original flame.

Shizo Kanakuri disappeared while running the marathon in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm

Shizo Kanakuri disappeared while running the marathon at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. He was listed as a missing person in Sweden for 50 years - until a journalist found him living quietly in southern Japan. Overcome with heat during the race, he had stopped at a garden party to drink orange juice, stayed for an hour, then took a train to a hotel and sailed home the next day, too ashamed to tell anyone he was leaving.



"Hand in Hand", the song composed by Italian Giorgio Moroder with lyrics written by American Tom Whitlock, for the Seoul Olympics in 1988 topped the charts in 17 countries, including Austrai, Spain, Japan Sweden and West Germany

"Hand in Hand", the song composed by Italian Giorgio Moroder with lyrics written by American Tom Whitlock, for the Seoul Olympics in 1988 topped the charts in 17 countries, including Austria, Spain, Japan, Sweden and West Germany. Sung by Korean group Koreana it sold more than 13 million copies around the world. 




The first athlete to win an Olympic medal representing an Asian country was Norman Pritchard, who running for India, claimed silver medals in the 200 metres and 200m hurdles at Paris in 1900 - although there remains confusion as to his true allegiance

The first athlete to win an Olympic medal representing an Asian country was Norman Pritchard, who, running for India, claimed silver medals in the 200 metres and 200m hurdles at Paris in 1900 - although there remains confusion as to his true allegiance. The IAAF records claim that Pritchard ran for Britain but the IOC still regard him as having competed for India.

America's Alvin Kraenzlein won the 60 metres, the 110m hurdles, the 200m hurdles and long jump at the Paris Olympics in 1900, which still stands as a record in athletics for the most individual gold medals won in the Games.

America's Alvin Kraenzlein won the 60 metres, the 110m hurdles, the 200m hurdles and long jump at the Paris Olympics in 1900, which still stands as a record in athletics for the most individual gold medals won in the Games. After the long jump, he was allegedly punched in the face by rival Meyer Prinstein, who was prevented from competing by officials of Syracuse University as it was on a Sunday.

During the Opening Ceremony of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, astronauts Leonid Popov and Valery Ryumin sent their greetings from Salyut 6 to the Olympians and wished them good luck in the live communication between the station and the Central Lenin Stadium

During the Opening Ceremony of the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, astronauts Leonid Popov and Valery Ryumin sent their greetings from Salyut 6 to the competitors and wished them good luck in a live communication between the orbital space station and the Central Lenin Stadium. They appeared on the Stadium's scoreboard and their voices were translated via loud speakers.