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maria melo's Avatar Jump to comment 22 by maria melo

The true story of the marathon athlete I told , Francisco Lázaro, recreated by the novelist writer (and I made some mistakes) recalls the legend of Pheidippides, ancient Greece heroe that inspired the creation of the marathon and the 42kms it takes nowadays:

Accordind to the legend, he ran 42 kms, from Marathon to Athens to announce the greek victory over the persians, and after died from exaution.

From the inicial 98 athletes that were to run the marathon that year in the Olympic games, in 1912, in Stockholm, only 19 didn´t give up and, inicially 30 gave up before running, and half of those that ran gave up too before the end of it.

Sat, 11 Aug 2012 23:53:39 UTC | #950703