Quiz: London Calling

The first Olympic Games to be held in the modern era took place in Athens in 1896. That's more than eleven decades worth of records, stats, scandals and trivia to quiz you on. Make Team GB Proud...   On your marks, get set....GO!   

QUESTION 1: Including the 2012 Olympics, how many times has London hosted the Games?

A: Once

B: Twice

C: Three times

Find the answer on the next slide

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ANSWER: Three times

London has hosted the Games in 1908, 1948 and 2012. In 1908, 2,000 athletes from 22 countries took part in the games. The 1948 'austerity' Games were double that size, attracting 4,104 athletes from 59 countries across 19 different sports. The 2012 Games will bring together more than 10,000 athletes from 205 countries for 26 sports.

QUESTION 2: What is the world record for the men’s 100m sprint, set by Usain Bolt in 2009?

A: 9.58 seconds

B: 9.51 seconds

C: 9.68 seconds

ANSWER: 9.58 seconds

Usain Bolt set the current world record in Berlin on August 16, 2009. He set the previous world record of 9.69 at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The last British man to hold the 100m world record was Emmanuel McDonald Bailey who ran 10.2 in 1951.

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QUESTION 3: Which Olympic Games saw the first black African runner take home a gold medal?

A: Tokyo 1964

B: Rome 1960

C: Helsinki 1952

ANSWER: Rome 1960

Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila, running barefoot, became the first black African to take home a gold medal. Four years later at the Tokyo Games in 1964, Bikila became the first man to successfully defend the marathon title.

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QUESTION 4: Which British athlete's victory in the 100m at the 1924 Paris Games was depicted in the 1981 film Chariots of Fire?

A: Douglas Lowe

B: Eric Liddell

C: Harold Abrahams

ANSWER: Harold Abrahams

Abrahams was one of only two British athletes to ever win gold in this event. Back then, Charlie Paddock of the USA held the 100m world record, in a time of 10.4, which he set in 1921.

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QUESTION 5: How many people can London's purpose-built Aquatics Centre accommodate?

A: 10,000

B: 17,500

C: 22,000

ANSWER: 17,500

The Aquatics Centre, in east London's Olympic Park, will host diving, swimming, synchronised swimming and modern pentathlon – 192 events in total across both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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QUESTION 6: What age is the oldest competitor taking part in the London Games?

A: 65

B: 68

C: 71

ANSWER: 71 years old

71-year-old Japanese dressage rider Hiroshi Hoketsu took part in the his first Olympics way back in 1964 when the Games were held in Tokyo. He will ride his 15-year-old horse Whisper during the London Games.

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QUESTION 7: Which athlete has won the most Olympic medals?

A: Michael Phelps

B: Larisa Latynina

C: Paavo Nurmi

ANSWER: Larisa Latynina

The Russian gymnast won 18 medals (nine gold, five silver, four bronze) between 1956 and 1964. Swimmer Michael Phelps has the highest haul of gold medals (14), a figure he's looking to add to at the London Games, while Finnish runner Paavo Nurmi won nine golds and three silvers between 1920 and 1928.

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QUESTION 8: Athletes from which country won gold medals in the 10,000m and 5,000m in both the men's and women's races in Beijing?  

A: Ethiopia

B: Morocco

C: Kenya

ANSWER: Ethiopia

The Beijing Olympics saw Ethiopian runner Tirunesh Dibaba become the first woman to win the 5,000m and 10,000m double. Her countryman Kenenisa Bekele did the same in the men's events to score double gold. With Kenyan running at an all-time high though, the Ethiopians are unlikely to repeat their Beijing brilliance in London.  

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You Scored:

6-8:
You saw the opportunity and didn't hesitate to grab Olympic glory! When it comes to sports trivia, you're the one to beat. A born winner who's always one step ahead of the pack, you'll be glued to every second of the London Games and have probably already booked your plane ticket to Rio. 

3-5:
Your mediocre performance would enrage UK athletics head coach Charles van Commenee, if he wasn't so busy being cheesed off with Team GB's genuine medal hopes. There is hope though: spend the next two weeks absorbing facts and figures and your sports trivia career could be salvaged. Just don't believe everything that Jonathan Edwards says.

2 or under:
Hang up your running shoes and train your brain instead of your body for the next two weeks. You need a crash course in Olympic trivia if you're to have any chance of redeeming yourself before Rio. Two weeks in front of the TV is a good place to start.