Fred Keeping competed in the 1896 Summer Olympics
  Fred Keeping - born 1867 in Pennington, competed in the 1896 Summer Olympics
Frederick Keeping was born 1867 in Pennington. At the age of 29 he was employed at the British Embassy in Athens and while there competed in the 1896 Summer Olympics, in the Men's 12-hour cycle race. It was the first International Olympic Games held in the Modern era. He came second.
First place winners were awarded a silver medal, an olive branch and a diploma. Those in second place were given a copper medal, a branch of laurel and a diploma.

The Games attracted athletes from 14 nations, with the largest delegations coming from Greece, Germany, France and Great Britain.
 
Despite many obstacles and setbacks, the 1896 Olympics were regarded as a great success. The Games had the largest international participation of any sporting event to that date.
 
  Keeping won his medal in the 12-hour cycle race which started at 5am. Only two cyclists out of the six who started finished the 900 laps of the the newly built velodrome, a distance of 314 km. The race was won by Adolf Schmal of Austria.

Early in the race, Adolf Schmal, who was better known as a fencer, jumped the field and gained an early lap. He then rode with the pack until one by one the riders dropped out.

At 12pm, the two remaining riders, Schmal and Keeping, took a 10 minute break. Schmal rode directly behind Keeping’s wheel throughout, never allowing himself to be dropped, and won by the one lap that he had gained early in the race. Keeping made occasional bursts to regain the lost lap, but to no avail.
 
The Ancient Olympic Games were an athletic and religious celebration held in the Greek town of Olympia from 776 BC to 393 AD.

The historical origins of the Ancient Olympic Games are lost in time, but several legends and myths survive.

One myth tells of King Iphitos of Elis, who consulted the Pythia, the oracle of Delphi to try and save his people from war in the 9th century BC. The prophetess advised him to organise games in honour of the gods. The Spartan adversary of Iphitos then decided to stop the war during these games, which were called Olympic, after Mount Olympus, the mountain on which the Greek gods were said to live.

 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
On returning to Britain, Keeping manufactured and ran a cycle shop at Milford on Sea and worked as a motor engineer and cycle agent. His brother Arthur, worked as a cycle agent at nearby Brockenhurst.
 
Fred’s son, Michael, ("Mike" Keeping, 1902-1984) was a professional player with Southampton and Fulham Football Clubs and became the coach of Real Madrid in Spain between 1948 and 1950. Over the next decade he worked as a coach or manager in Denmark, Holland and France before returning to manage Poole Town FC.
Keeping was born in Milford on Sea where he was spotted playing for his home-town club, Milford on Sea F.C., and was signed by Southampton, then still in the Southern League, in the summer of 1919 for a bargain fee of £25. Still only 16, Keeping was registered as an amateur but paid 10 shillings (50p) a week for travelling expenses.