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Mark this day. September 18, the day a 15-year-old took his first plunge into Olympic waters on his way to becoming the modest decorated athlete across all sports in the history of the Games back to 1896, back to the Wenlock Olympian Games in 1850 and, indeed way back to 776 BC and the first gathering of ‘global’ challengers in sport

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Mark this day. September 18, the day a 15-year-old took his first plunge into Olympic waters on his way to becoming the modest decorated athlete across all sports in the history of the Games back to 1896, back to the Wenlock Olympian Games in 1850 and, indeed way back to 776 BC and the first gathering of ‘global’ challengers in sport

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Mike Pagomenos

Dr William Penny Brookes initiated the Wenlock Olympian Games in 1860. Not 1850 as is claimed by the Wenlock Olympian Society itself.

Dr Brookes founded the Wenlock Olympian Society in 1860. Prior to 1860 he organised annual ‘Meetings of the Olympian Class’ which was the annual sports event of the local Much Wenlock physical education class that he founded. A small event for locals that attended his PE class.

The first Wenlock Olympian Games was held in 1860. Prior to that the sports event was referred to as ‘Meetings of the Olympian Class’, ‘Annual Meeting of the Olympian Class’ and ‘Annual Meeting of the Wenlock Olympian Class’.

Big difference between 1850 and 1860.

The Society also claims that Much Wenlock is ‘the birthplace of the modern Olympic Games’. They used to claim that Much Wenlock was ‘the birthplace of the Olympic Games’ before I started writing to them. Just another dreamed up claim that has no bearing on what actually happened in history.

Big difference between ‘being the birthplace’ and ‘not being the birthplace’.

Yours faithfully,
Mike Pagomenos
Founder of Zappas.org
Member of the International Society of Olympic HIstorians

Craig Lord

Thanks for that insight Mike.

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