At the first session of the International Olympic Committee held in Paris ( 23-24/6/1894 ) , Athens was chosen as the city to host the modern Olympics first ( 1896 ) and Paris will hosted the second Olympics ( 1900 ) . King George I of Greece has announced the opening of Congress . Eve of the Congress, a statue ceremony ahead Panathenian stadium to commemorate George Averof , a philanthropist paid full cost for the renovation Panathenian stadium .
Panathenian Stadium Panorama
The revival of the ancient Olympic Games has attracted a large number of athletes attending ( 245 athletes ) of 14 countries , including the host country Greece to 230 players , only 15 players are to from 13 countries and 3 continents , such as the UK , Denmark , Hungary , Australia , France , Switzerland , Bulgaria , Austria , Sweden , Chile , Germany , United States and Yugoslavia . At this meeting 9 sports with 43 categories of competition included in the official competition program are: Athletics, Cycling , Fencing , Gymnastics , Supplies , Swimming, Weightlifting , Tennis and Shooting guns . Especially in this Congress awarded gold medals for the conduct of athletes first purpose is silver with olive rings , bronze laurel wreath at the finish for the 2nd player .
Olympic competition in Athens Landscape - 1896
Even the opening day Congress , American athlete , James Connolly was the first to win the triple jump step content . In subjects Marathon , athletes host country , Spyridon Louis was first to the finish with a time 2:58 '50 " , the second is Harilaos Vassilakos with 3:6 interval '3 ' . Athens Olympics was a great success in the friendly atmosphere and the enthusiastic cheers of the Greek people .
List of top 10 countries in the number of medals