Tip Talk奥运系列：Bizarre facts
Bizarre fact 1: The 400m final at the 1908 London games was ordered to be re-run because American John Carpenter blocked Wyndham Halswelle - a move legal in the States but outlawed in Britain. Carpenter was disqualified and the other two finalists, both Americans, refused to re-race, so Halswelle jogged alone round the track and took gold.
Bizarre fact 2: Though modern Olympians shoot at clay pigeons, contestants in the 1900 Games took aim at real birds. More than 300 were killed, 21 of them by winner Leon de Lunden of Belgium.
Bizarre fact 3: The 1500m victory of Luxembourg's Josy Barthel at the 1952 Games was so unexpected officials had not brought along the score to the tiny state's national anthem. With Barthel waiting on the podium, the band were forced to improvise and did well enough - or, indeed, badly enough - for the runner to bury his head in his hands and begin to weep.
Bizarre fact 4: American Fred Lorz's marathon victory in the 1904 St Louis games was overturned when it was revealed he had hitched a lift in a car for most of the distance before racing to the finish from four miles out.
Bizarre fact 5: Modern games founder Baron Pierre de Coubertin introduced an arts competition at the 1912 Stockholm Games. The gold medal winner for literature was... Baron Pierre de Coubertin.
Bizarre fact 6: In 1900, in France, winners got paintings instead of gold medals. Gold, silver and bronze medals weren't given out until the third modern Olympics, in 1904. The French gave the winners paintings because they believed they were more valuable.
Bizarre fact 7: The Olympics once lasted 187 days. In 1908, the London Olympics went on for 187 days... they started in April and didn't end until October.
Bizarre fact 8: Olympic organizers have provided free condoms to athletes in the Olympic Village ever since the 1992 Games in Barcelona. Randy athletes used all 70,000 at the 2000 Games, leading to organizers supplying nearly twice that amount four years later. After a drop-off to just 100,000 free condoms at Beijing 2008, 150,000 were handed out at London 2012 and 450,000will be handed out in Rio this year.
Bizarre fact 9: American Margaret Abbott won women's golf gold at the Paris 1900 games in bizarre circumstances. On holiday in the French capital with her mother to visit the World's Fair which was running concurrently, she took part in what she thought was merely a golf tournament to celebrate the Fair and left for the USA not knowing she had become the first-ever American gold medalist.
Bizarre fact 10: Swimming at Athens 1896 involved the competitors being taken out in boats and then asked to paddle the required distance back to shore.