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How much do you know about the Olympics? Find out in our quiz

Test your knowledge of 1960s drugs use, ancient sports, arts at the Games, a French aristocrat, a reluctant rower, Olympic animals and medal metallurgy

Which athlete has won the most Olympic medals?

Carl Lewis

Mark Spitz

Michael Phelps

Larisa Latynina

Why did Bobby Pearce slow down during his rowing race at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam?

To wave to a fellow competitor's wife in the crowd

To let a family of ducks pass by in the water

As he dropped his oar into the water

His glasses fell off and he needed to find them in the boat

What did Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay at the time) wear while flying to Rome for the 1960 Games?

Nothing

His boxing gloves

A world title belt

A parachute

Which metal makes up 92.5% of an Olympic gold medal?

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Copper

Which of these countries has not hosted the summer Olympics?

Finland

Mexico

India

Belgium

The first 12 ancient Olympics only featured one event. What was it?

An eight-lap chariot race

A wrestling competition

The discus throw

A sprint from one end of the stadium to the other

The ancient Games featured a competition for which musicians?

Guitarists

Trumpeters

Singers

Drummers

Which city has held the modern Games three times?

Athens

London

Los Angeles

Tokyo

Fourteen countries competed in the first modern Games in 1896. Which country topped the medal table?

Germany

USA

Great Britain

Australia

Complete the sequence of 100m winners: Linford Christie, Donovan Bailey, Maurice Greene …

Usain Bolt

Justin Gatlin

Ato Boldon

Asafa Powell

Which of these sports has never featured at the Olympics?

Motorcycle racing

Croquet

Squash

Swimming obstacle race

How many athletes are competing at the Games in Rio?

2,016

4,686

10,500

20,160

In which event did Baron Pierre de Coubertin, the president of the IOC and founder of the modern Olympic movement, win a gold medal at the 1912 Games?

800m sprint

Shot putt

Marathon

Mixed literature

Hans-Gunnar Liljenwall was the first Olympic athlete to be suspended for drug use. Which banned substance had he consumed?

Cocaine

Alcohol

Marijuana

Paracetamol

Seventy-five of the 206 national Olympic committees have never won a medal at the Olympics. Which of these countries has the largest population?

Madagascar

Bangladesh

Albania

Palestine

Which of these animals were used in the 1900 Olympics?

Elephants

Cats

Pigeons

Parrots

Rio 2016 will be the third summer Games held in the southern hemisphere. Which city hosted the first?

Melbourne

Sydney

Tokyo

Seoul

Why did Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern Games and the creator of the five Olympic rings, use the colours blue, yellow, black, green and red?

The rings were meant to be white with a black trim but his kids coloured them in with crayons and he approved

He drew them while looking at blue, yellow, black, green and red plants in his garden

To incorporate at least one colour from the flag of each competing country

As he thought every other colour was 'needless embellishment'

Golf is back at the Olympics this year. When did it last feature?

776

1904

1980

1996

The 1956 Olympics were hosted by Melbourne. Where were the equestrian events held?

Sydney

Canberra

Wellington

Stockholm

Athletes from Greece always walk on first during the parade of nations at opening ceremonies. Which country's athletes go last?

France

Zimbabwe

Refugee athletes

The hosts

Who was Team GB's flag bearer in the opening ceremony at London 2012?

Ben Ainslie

Jessica Ennis

Chris Hoy

Bradley Wiggins

Women first competed in the modern Olympics in 1900 but only in 'ladylike sports'. Which three?

Breast stroke, back stroke and front crawl swimming events

100m, 200m and 400m running races

Tennis, sailing and golf

Shooting, archery and synchronised swimming

Which of these athletes has won an Olympic gold medal?

Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Paula Radcliffe

Lionel Messi

Steve Cram

In which sport do men and women compete against each other on equal terms?

Archery

Shooting

Golf

Equestrianism

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