Ancient Events

In the entire history of the ancient Olympic Games, almost 1200 years, there were only 23 events contested. They were divided into men’s track and field events (8 events), equestrian events (8 events), boys events (5 events) and specialty events (2 events).

Olympiad Year Event Category Notes
1 776 BC Stadion Men's Track and Field
14 724 BC Diaulos Men's Track and Field
15 720 BC Dolichos Men's Track and Field
18 708 BC Pentathlon Men's Track and Field
18 708 BC Wrestling Men's Track and Field
23 688 BC Boxing Men's Track and Field
25 680 BC Tethrippon Equestrian
33 648 BC Pankration Men's Track and Field
33 648 BC Horse race Equestrian
38 628 BC Pentathlon Boy's Track and Field Discontinued same year.
38 632 BC Stadion and Wresting Boy's Track and Field
41 616 BC Boxing Boy's Track and Field
65 520 BC Hoplitodromos Men's Track and Field Race in armor.
70 500 BC Apene Equestrian Mule cart race. Discontinued 444 BC.
71 496 BC Calpe Equestrian Race for mares.
93 408 BC Synoris Equestrian Two horse chariot race.
96 396 BC Competitions for Heralds and Trumpeters Specialty
99 384 BC Chariot racing Equestrian Teams of 4 colts.
128 268 BC Chariot racing Equestrian Teams of 2 colts.
131 256 BC Races for colts Equestrian
145 200 BC Pankration Boy's Track and Field