1997 MELBOURNE MARATHON, AUSTRALIA: 3:39:00 (1997-10-07)


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Capital: Canberra

Population: 22,7 million (Melbourne 4,1 million)

Currency: Australian dollar (AUD)

Famous people from Australia:

Cathy Freeman (Olympic gold medalist – 400 m), Errol Flynn (actor), Greg Norman (golfer), Dawn Frazer (swimmer), AC/DC (music), Nicole Kidman (actress), Russel Crowe (actor), Midnight Oil (music)

Fun facts about Australia:

Melbourne changed the Olympic Games for good! It seems absolutely normal to us when we see all the competing athletes walk in together with their countrymen for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics. But it wasn’t always like that. In 1956 Melbourne became the first host of the Olympic Games outside of Europe and North America. Besides all of the athletes who challenged each other, the real star was a young teenager called John Ian Wing. He sent an anonymous letter to the Olympic committee suggesting that the athletes should walk in together by the end of the games to symbolise global unity. He remained anonymous for another 30 years until they lifted his secret of sending the letter.

According to the RSPCA, Melbourne is the ”Fox Capital” of the western world, with 6-23 foxes every square kilometer in the metropolitan area.

The largest Greek population in the world beside Athens in Greece can be found in Melbourne.

Melbourne’s famous beer, Foster’s Lager, was actually produced by two Americans.

The Australian rules football, a sport, was invented in Melbourne.

Australia was the second country in the world to give women the right to vote in 1902.

Canberra was selected as the capital because Sydney and Melbourne could not stop arguing which city should be the capital of Australia.

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