OLYMPIC MINUTES

Edwin Flack
Australia Crest

The first Australian Olympic gold was won by runner Edwin Flack at the first of the modern Games in Athens, 1896. After winning the 800 metres and 1,500 metres he was given an olive wreath to mark his victories as medals hadn't come into play as yet. He was also mistakenly given an Austrian flag.

His olive wreath can be seen at the Australian Gallery of Sport and Olympic Museum in East Melbourne.


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