Quiz – Early Irish Olympians

January 16, 2008 at 1:33 am Leave a comment

  • What was unusual about John Pius Boland’s gold medal in tennis in Athens in 1896, apart from him becoming the first Irishman to win Olympic gold?
  • What excuse did Irish footballer Ernie Crawford give when customs officials found a gun in his luggage on the way to Paris in 1924?
  • What was unusual about Bob Tisdall, who was born in Ceylon and raised in Tipperary, winning gold for Ireland in the 400 metres hurdles in Los Angeles in 1932?

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The Answers

  • Boland had only travelled to Athens to watch the Games as a spectator, but a friend of his was Secretary of the Organising Committee, and he entered Boland for the tennis competition, which he won.
  • Crawford said he carried the gun ‘for peace of mind’.
  • Tisdall had never run the event until that year.
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