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Spyros Louis

Full name: Spyridon "Spyros" Louis
Original name: Σπυρίδων "Σπύρος" Λούης
Gender: Male
Born: January 12, 1873 in Marousi, Athina, Attiki, Greece
Died: March 26, 1940 in Marousi, Athina, Attiki, Greece
Affiliations: Amarousi
Country: GRE Greece
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

As the winner of the first Olympic marathon at Athens in 1896 Spyridon Louis's place in sporting history is assured. Having placed only fifth in one of the Greek trial races, he was not favored to win the Olympic title but his unexpected triumph gave Greece its only victory in a track & field athletics event at the 1896 Olympics Games and Louis was accorded the status of a national hero. Despite the acclaim, Louis returned to his village of Amarousi, where he worked as a shepherd and mineral water seller, and he never raced again. He later became a rural police officer, but lost his job when he was imprisoned on charges of falsifying military documents in 1926. He spent more than a year in jail before his trial on 28 June 1927, when was acquitted. He remained an Olympic legend and was a guest of the Organizing Committee at the 1936 Games in Berlin. The 2004 Olympic Stadium was built in Amarousi, and named after him.

Personal Best: Mar – 2-58:50 (1896).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1896 Summer 23 Athina Athletics Men's Marathon Greece GRE 1 Gold

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1896 Summer 23 Athina Athletics Greece Final Standings 1 2-58:50
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