18 April 2012 by Lucy
Today marks 100 days until the Olympics, and as the Games creep ever closer, we’re looking back at some of the medal winners who have come out of Merseyside since the first international Olympic Games held in the modern era.
The 1896 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad, yielded a bronze medal winner from Liverpool in the form of Konstantinos Paspatis, who actually won his medal for Greece.
Held in the Panathinaiko Stadium, Athens was unanimously chosen as the host city, as Ancient Greece was the birthplace of the Olympic Games and therefore seemed most appropriate for the inaugural modern Games.
Konstantinos Paspatis, whose merchant grandparents settled in Liverpool in the mid-1800s, was born in Liverpool to this prosperous Greek family, and went onto win bronze for his forefathers’ country in 1896.
Paspatis, a tennis player, competed in both the men’s singles and doubles tournaments, and won his bronze medal in the singles when he defeated George Robertson of Great Britain and Ireland in the first round and fellow Greek Aristidis Akratopoulos in the second round.
He met eventual cold medalist John Pius in the semi finals, and since there was no playoff for third place, Paspatis and Momcsilló Tapavicza of Hungary are considered to share third.
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