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Daemon
Posted: Monday, January 12, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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Spiridon Louis

Following the decision to revive the Olympic Games at the end of the 19th century, all eyes were on Athens, where the first modern games were held in 1896. Greek competitor Spiridon Louis won the first marathon event of the games and instantly became a national hero. He was first across the finish despite having allegedly taken a break from the race to have a glass of wine at an inn. It helped that some of his competitors collapsed along the way. Why was the third-place finisher disqualified? More...
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Daemon wrote:
... Why was the third-place finisher disqualified?

The third place winner took a carriage for part of the way. Shame on you
(He still only came third!)

Louis did more than just stop at an inn for a glass of wine, he also had milk, beer, an Easter egg, and some orange juice along the way.

I'd like to see some modern royals join in for the last lap of a marathon! Whistle


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Dr WWWW
Posted: Monday, January 12, 2015 7:02:20 PM

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The run which the Marathon celebrates is that of Pheidippides (or Philippides) who brought news of the Greek victory against the Persian invaders at Marathon. One description of his arrival:

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Philippides, the one who acted as courier, is said to have used it first in our sense when he brought the news of victory from Marathon and addressed the magistrates in session when they were anxious how the battle had ended ; "Joy to you, we've won" he said, and there and then he died, breathing his last breath with the words "Joy to you". – Lucian translated by K.Kilburn


It doesn't elaborate on how they received the words "We've won". Perhaps next to last breath was meant.

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Ah, to run and run like the wind, tis the true dream of most all young boys, and I for one have never forgotten that dream..........
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Ah, to run and run like the wind, tis the true dream of most all young boys, and I for one have never forgotten that dream..........
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