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I am a retired teacher who wrote 7 photocopiable books for Teachers and one book for children Union Jack Colouring Book. The 7books covered Geography, History (Medieval/ Tudor/ Stuart), Travel and Transport, Myself and Events (this included diaries), Race Against Time Stories (SATS based), Church Dates for Children plus Nature and Seasons (including Sport). These 7 books have been mainly broken into a number of segments. Challenging the Physical Elements, my Geography book, is complete.

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I am a retired teacher who wrote 7 photocopiable books for Teachers and one book for children Union Jack Colouring Book. The 7books covered Geography, History (Medieval/ Tudor/ Stuart), Travel and Transport, Myself and Events (this included diaries), Race Against Time Stories (SATS based), Church Dates for Children plus Nature and Seasons (including Sport). These 7 books have been mainly broken into a number of segments. Challenging the Physical Elements, my Geography book, is complete.
Kadeema Cox 500m Paralympic cyclist champion
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Kadeema Cox 500m Paralympic cyclist champion

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GBs Kadeena Cox this morning (27/8/2021) has just successfully retained her Women’s C4-5 00m time trial. . In winning she set a new world record. She won in 34.812 seconds after a time factored time of 34.433. She won by over a second - Kate O’Brien came second. Kadeena became our first British multisports Paralympic champion in 2016 in cycling and athletics… Later this week she will be competing in the athletics T38 400m sprint. Lets hope she wins gold again in both events. Source Wikipedia
Jaco van Gass Paralympic Champion
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Jaco van Gass Paralympic Champion

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Thursday, 26th August 2021 Jaco van Gass, who was born in South Africa, has just won GB another gold medal. Jaco, a member of the British Armed Forces Parachute Regiment before he was seriously injured by a RPG (Rocket Propelled Granade)has just won the Men’s 3,000 Cycling Pursuit gold medal.
G.B Paralympics- 5 Inspirational women athletes
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G.B Paralympics- 5 Inspirational women athletes

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3 out of the 5 Paralympic athletes are current Paralympic champions. Claire Cashmore began competing in the Paralympic in 2004 in Athens. She won gold and silver in Rio in 2016 for swimming. In Tokyo 2021 she is running in the Paratriathlon. Ellie Challis is a swimmer. Aged 16 months she developed sepsis and meningitis. The disease ravaged her tiny body resultingin her having both legs amputated below the knee and both arms at the elbow. In 2012 she won bronze in the S3 50m backstroke in the Paralympics in London. She is the world record holder for SB2 50m backstroke . Hollie Beth Arnold is the reigning Paralympic F46 javelin thrower. In 2008, aged just 14, she was the youngest ever field event athlete. In 2018 she became the first ever javelin thrower to hold all 4 major titles in the same Paralympic/ Olympic 4 year cycle. Kylie Grimes has returned to her first love wheelchair rugby after a life changing spinal injury in 2006. Stef Reid, a long jumper, has won bronze at London 2012 and in Rio in 2016, but yet to win gold.
William Kumuyi, founder of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry
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William Kumuyi, founder of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry

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William Flororunso Kumuyi ( born 6th June 1941) is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry situated at Kilometre 42 on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria. He is the author of 10 Christian books and devotionals ( See books published). William was brought up in a Christian family in Orunwa, Ogun State, western part of Nigeria. As a young child he read the Bible and sang songs and attended church regularly. In secondary school the principal taught atheism but he eventually started to go to various churches in town. William began teaching mathematics in 1962 at Mayflower School. He became a born again Christian on 5th April 1964. In 1967 he graduated from the University of Ibadanand as the best overall best graduating student in his year, with a first class degree in Mathematics. he also took a post graduate course in Education at the University of Lagos. In the 1970s he became a lecturer of Mathematics at the University of Lagos. In 1973 he started a Bible study group with 15 Lagos university students. By the early 1980’s that small group had grown to several 1000. This training became the foundation of the Deeper Christian Life Ministry. Deeper Life Bible Church was formerly established in 1982. By 1988 the congregation had grown to 50,000 By 2005 the Christian ministry is said to have over 800, 000 affiliates September 2016 William addressed over 50,000 youths *to inculcate in them the highest virtues in youths and stay away from antisocial and push-pull tendencies. On 24th of April 2018 the auditorium, holding 30,000 worshippers, at the church in Gbagade, Lagos was inaugurated. Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria, attended the . In 2013 the Foreign Policy magazine listed William *among the 500 most powerful people on the planet. Source use Wikipedia *
Ezekiel Guti  founder of Zimbabwe Assemblies of God
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Ezekiel Guti founder of Zimbabwe Assemblies of God

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Ezekiel Handinawangu Guti was born on the 5th of May 1923 in Ngaone, Chipinge, Manicaland Province, Rhodesia. He is a gifted evangelist and has distinguished himself as a leading personality in the Pentecostal World. His academic credentials include a BA, Ma, DD, D.MIn and Ph.D in Religion. Plus BA in Christian education and a Doctorate from Northgate Graduate school and Zoe College. His ministry began on the 12th may 1960 under a gum tree in Bindura, Zimbabwe. He founded the Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa (ZAOGA) Christian church in 1959 when the Apostolic Faith Mission broke away from the South African Pentecostal church. The church is now established in over 143 nations, with over 2,000 in Southern Africa. ZAOGA is also known internationally as Forward in Faith Ministeries International. Its headquarters is to be found in Waterfalls, Harara Zimbabwe Ezekiel initiated the building of Zimbabwe Ezekiel college and the Mbuya Dorcas Hospital. He oversees 5,000 pastors and evangelists world wide.
Victor Schoelcher (1794-1802)
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Victor Schoelcher (1794-1802)

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Victor Schoelcher was Frenchman who travelled to Mexico, Florida, Louisiana and Cuba on a business trip. During his travels he realised how appalling the slaves were treated and became a leading figure in the abolitionist movement. He is seen as the father of the abolition of Slavery in the French colonies. He was appointed in 1848 as under-secretary of the navy and the colonies. As part of the provisional government of the brand new Second Republic in France he wrote the decree abolishing slavery in all French colonies signed on27th April 1848. In the decree he stated that Slavery is a violation of Human dignity. The government rejected his proposal to compensate the former slaves with grants for plots of land. Sources used People of Peace by Sandrine Mirza Wikipedia
Trischa Zorn USA blind Paralympic  Gold medalist in Swimming
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Trischa Zorn USA blind Paralympic Gold medalist in Swimming

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Trischa Zorn is a former blind Paralympic swimmer who won more medals in Paralympic history then anyone else - 55 (41 gold, 9 silver and 5 bronze), all in the swimming pool. Trischa was born blind so she competed in the S12, SB12 and SM12 disability categories. She competed in 7 consecutive Paralympics 1980-2004. She competed from the age of 16 until she was 40. She won 7 golds at her first games in 1980 held at Arnhem, Holland. At 3 Paralympic games she won gold in all her individual events. After the Sydney Games in 2000 she held 8 world records in her disability category 50m/100m/200m backsroke, 200m/ 400m individual medley, 200m breaststroke and 4x50 medley and free relays. She finished her career in 2004. Her last medal, a bronze, she dedicated to her mother who had died shortly before the games began Trischa Zorn is the most decorated summer Paralypian of all time. She took the Paralympic Oath for athletes at the 1996 Summer Paralympics in Atlanta. She was chosen to be USAs flagbearer at the closing ceremony on the Athens games in 2004. January 1st 2005 she was one of 8 athletes honoured during the New Year celebrations in New York City. In 2012 she was inducted into the International Paralympian Hall of fame. Sources Amazing Athletes by Jean-Michel Billioud Wikipedia
Michael Edgson Canadian Paralympic swimmer
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Michael Edgson Canadian Paralympic swimmer

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Michael Edgson was born on the 6th may in North Vancouver, British Columbia. Michael as an infant was prescribed a medication that damaged his optic nerves : as a result he lost the majority of his vision. He competed in the B3 classification ( partially sighted) for Paralympic swimmers. Micahael played ice hockey, soccer and gymnastics but found his sight impairment did not negatively affect his swimming. He began to swim competitively at the age of 11. He competed internationally in both disability and able-bodied swimming events from the age of 14. In 1984, aged just 15 he represented Canada at the Paralympics in Los Angeles and won 4 gold and 1 silver medal. In 1988, at the Seoul Paralympics in South Korea, the the pinnacle of his career, he won 9 gold medals and set 4 world records. In 1992, at the Barcelona Paralympics in Spain, he won 4 gold and 1 silver. He then retired from competitive swimming aged only 23. He also won 10 gold medals at the World Swimming Championships for the Physically Disabled. Since retiring he has been inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame (2006), Swimming Canada’s Circle of Excellence (2009), Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame (2013) and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame (2015) After retiring Michael has become the finance director for the Canadian Paralympic Committee. He set 9 world records during his disabled swimming career. He was particularly good at butterfly. He has a maple leaf tattoo - the symbol of Canada, on his chest. Michael is amongst the most successful Paralympians of all time having won 17 gold medals. Swimming became a Paralympic sport in 1960. Sources Amazing Athletes by Jean-Michel Billioud Wikipedia
Jonas Jacodsson Swedish Paralympic Gold Medalist Shooter
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Jonas Jacodsson Swedish Paralympic Gold Medalist Shooter

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Jonas Jacobsson in 2008 was honoured with the Svenska Dagbladet Gold Medal - Sweden’s most significant sports award. He was the first disabled athlete to receive the award. Jonas was born paralysed from the waist down and sits in a wheelchair to fire his air or free rifle. ( Depending on their disability shooters have the choice of lying down, sitting or standing while they aim at the target.) He liked to decorate his rifle with his country’s national colours. He began competing when aged only 15. From 1980-2012 he won a gold medal in every Paralympic Games. His most successful year was 2004 when he won 4. In total he won 17 gold medals. In total he won 30 medals making him the most successful male athlete in Paralympic history. ( See list for where all the medals were won.) Shooting appeared for the first time at the paralympic Games in Toronto, Canada in 1976. The tagets are placed 10m, 25m and 50m away. Sources used Amazing Athletes by Jean-Michel Billioud
Ellie Simmonds  swimmer  Paralympic Gold Medalist
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Ellie Simmonds swimmer Paralympic Gold Medalist

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Eleanor (Ellie) May Simmonds OBE (born 1994) is a S6 Paralympic gold medalist. ( S6 includes short stature, major limb impairment or loss of 2 limbs. She has such a happy and engaging smile. Ellie suffers from achondroplasia (dwarfism) but she loves to swim. She is just 1.23 metres tall. She started swimming in a pool in her family home. Over the last 13 years she has inspired many disabled athletes to take up swimming and possibly other sports too… The Tokyo Paralympics will be her fourth Paralympics. She has been given the honour of carrying GBs flag at the opening ceremony. She is very friendly out of the pool but she has a fierce competitive spirit. In her own words When we’re in the pool, it’s war. In the pool she often wears a red swimming hat with her name and the British flag on it. She came to everyones attention when she competed, as the youngest British athlete, in the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing. Aged only 13 she won 2 gold medals for GB in the S6 class for the 100m and the 400m freestyle. In 2012, at the London Paralympics she won another 2 gold medals for S6 400m freestyle and SM6 200m individual medley- both with world record times, plus silver for S6 100m freestyle and bronze for S6 50m freestyle. In GB her swimming success was recognised for her services to Paralympic sport in the 2013 New Year honours lists with an OBE. After the London Olympics the Royal mail issued 2 postage stamps with her her picture on them. In 2016 in Rio she won gold for SM6 200m individual medley in a world record time (2;59.81). Ellie was the first S6 swimmer to break 3 minutes… Ellie is a Girl guide leader in Manchester -she is nicknamed Aqua Owl. Ellie is a WaterAid ambassador. In January 2019 she was appointed to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee board Her fans enjoy her honesty and warmth. After winning her first title in the 100m in Beijing, in 2008, she burst into tears in her TV interview, happy but exhausted. Lets hope that Ellie, now still only aged 26, can bring more gold back from Tokyo to add to the 4 she has already. For further information about about S6 read * Paralmypics S6 classification for swimmers * Sources Amazing Athletes by Jean-Michel Billioud Wikipedia
Tony Estanguet  French Gold medalist in canoeing
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Tony Estanguet French Gold medalist in canoeing

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Tony Estanguet (born 1978)in Pau won 3 Olympic gold medals in C1 canoeing. He was known as ‘the boss’. He won gold in 2000, 2004 and 2012. In a canoe you kneel instead of sit and use a paddle with only one blade. . In 2000 he was the surprise champion in Sydney, Australia. He dedicated his win to his brother Patrice who had won bronze in Atlanta. In Athens in 2004 he became the first slalom canoeist to successfully defend his title. In 2008 he was the flag bearer for France in Beijing but suffered a disappointing defeat in Beijing. There were 12 competitors - 8 qualified for the final - he qualified 9th! In London in London, England 2012, he completed a penalty free free run to secure his place in French sport history. His canoe was coloured in red, blue and white - the French flag In the iCF Canoe Slalom World Championships he won 12 medals. i bronze in 1999, 6 silver C1 2003/5/7 C! team 1997,03,09, and 5 gold C1 2006/9/10 and C1team 2005/7. Tony won the overall World title in C1 in 2003/4 In the European Championships he won 10 medals (4 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze). With his brother Patrice he developed the Pau-Pyrenees Stadium ( opened 2008) in their home town of Pau. He announced his retirement from canoeing on 30th November 2012. He was immediately elected to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Sources used Amazing Athletes by Jean-Michal Billioud Wikipedia
Valentina Vezzali  Italian  Olympic Gold Medalist at Fencing
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Valentina Vezzali Italian Olympic Gold Medalist at Fencing

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Valentina Vezzali (born 1974) is the most successful fencer in history having won 6 gold medals in Olympic foil competitions. The Italian fencing legend won her third individual gold medal at the Beijing Olympic in 2008, becoming the first fencer, male of female, to win 3 consecutive individual titles in any event ( epee, foil or sabre). At the London Olympics in 2012, with only 13 seconds left on the clock, and trailing by 4 touches, she fought back to win her final individual medal -a bronze. This incredibly gifted and determined athlete also won 3 Olympic golds in the team competition ( 1996, 2000, 2012). She also won the Women’s World’s Foil World Cup a record 10 times (1996-2006). Her competitors nicknamed her ‘the boa constrictor’. Valentina on 25th February 2013 became a member of the Italian Parliament as part of the Scelta Civica party led by Mario Monti Fencing has been part of the modern Olympics since 1896 but men only competed in the foil and sabre. In 1924 women were allowed to compete in foil, 1996 in epee and 2004 for sabre. Sources Amazing Athletes by Jean- Michal Billioud Wikipedia
Marie- Jose Perec  French  Olympic Gold medalist
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Marie- Jose Perec French Olympic Gold medalist

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Marie-Jose Perec (born 1968) was a French track and field sprinter. She is a 3 times Olympic gold medalist. Marie in 1992 won the 400m at the Olympic Games in Barcelona, Italy. In the final she stopped breathing for 9 strides to try and make herself go faster. Marie was slim but incredibly powerful. She used to covered 2.2 metres in one stride. In 1996 she won the 200m and the 400m at the Atlanta in the USA.This made her only the second woman to achieve the double. She won the 400m in 48.25 seconds which then ranked her the third fastest woman of all time. Marie went to the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia 2000 but pulled out of her events because she had been threatened and insulted several times by the Australian press. Australian Cathy Freeman - their ‘cover’ girl won the 400m. Marie trained in Los Angeles, California with the HSI track team and is listed as a legend on the team’s page. In 2012 she was elected president of the Ligue Regional d’Athletisme de la Guadeloupe, the governing body for athletics in Guadeloupe. She is the only French athlete to have won 3 gold medals at the Olympics and In 2013 French President Francois Hollande awarded her the Officier de le Legion. d’honneur. Sources used Amazing Athletes by Jean- Michal Billioud Wikipedia
Nawa El Moutawakel   Olympic Gold medalist in hurdling
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Nawa El Moutawakel Olympic Gold medalist in hurdling

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*I started hurdles at 15, in1977, and very quickly I beat all the Morooccan records in my category, I ran barefoot and beat all the boys, * Newal Nawal, born in Casablanca, was at Iowa State University, when she won the inaugural women’s 400 metres hurdle event at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles in 1984. Nawal originally ran 100m and 200m. In 1982, In Cairo, she won the African Championships over 100m and 400m hurdles. (See list of International Competitions 1982-1987) She was exceptionally quick and perfected her hurdle jumping style. Her race at the Summer Olympics was shown live in Casblanca- 2 am. The crowds in her home town celebrated. King Hassan II of Morocco telephoned to congratulate her and declared that all girls born the day of her victory were tobe named in her honour. Nawal was a pioneer for Muslim and Arabic athletes in that she confounded long held beliefs that women of such backgrounds could not succeed in athletics. Her medal was the breakthrough for sporting women in Morocco and other mostly Muslim countries. In 1995 she became a council member of IAAF now known as World Athletics. In 1998 she became a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). In 2006 she was one of 8 honoured to bear the Olympic flag at the Winter Olympics Opening ceremony in Turin, Italy. 2007 she was named Minister of Sports in the upcoming cabinet of Morocco. Since 2012 she is a Vice-president of the IOC and she carried the London Olympics torch through Westminster on 26th July 2012. Nawal was also one of the ambassadors for the Morocco bid for 2026 FIFA World Cup.
Majorie Gestring (1922-1992)  Olympic Diving Gold medalist
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Majorie Gestring (1922-1992) Olympic Diving Gold medalist

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Marjorie was the queen of the diving board. In 1936 at the Berlin Summer Olympics, aged only 13, she won gold for the 3 metre springboard, in front of a crowd of 15,000. The USA had all 3 medalists in this event. Until 1994 she was the youngest Olympic champion - 13 years and 268 days. During the Second War years (1936-45) - when there were no Olympics she won many championships The USA decided in lieu of the Games taking place to hand out medals! In 1948, 12 years later, she failed to qualify for the first Summer Olympics after WW11- she finished 4th in the team trials. Marjorie’s dives were simple but executed perfectly. Her lucky charm was a teddy bear which she always carried. In 1976 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, and the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame… She died on 20th April, 1992 following an accident at home, in Hillsborough , California .
Mildred Ella 'Babe' Didrikson Zaharias (1911-1956)
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Mildred Ella 'Babe' Didrikson Zaharias (1911-1956)

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Mildred ‘Babe’ Didrikson was born in Port Arthur, Texas. Her parents were immigrants from Norway. She was the sixth of seven children. The family moved to 850 Doucette in Beaumont, Texas aged 4. Her mother called her ‘Bebe’ from a toddler. She was nicknamed Babe - after Babe Ruth - when she scored 5 home runs in a chidlhood baseball game. She left school without graduating and went on to become an American athlete who excelled in golf, basketball, baseball, plus track and field. At the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics she set 4 world records. 80 metres hurdles -11.7 Javelin 43.69 metres - the first woman Olympic champion high jump 1.657 metres then 1,67 (same height as Jean Shiley who got the gold because Mildred used an improper technique). (Apparently she also twice broke the long jump record but the judges ruled them as fouls.) Mildred is the only athlete, male or female, to win individual Olympic medals in separate running, throwing and jumping events. In 1934 she tried Baseball . Mildred is still recognized as the world record holder for the farthest baseball thrown by a woman. She then became America’s first female golf celebrity and was the leading player of the 1940s and early 1950s. As an amateur and professional she won many golf tournaments. Serious illness ended her golfing career in the mid 1950s. Mildred was indeed a very talented sports woman. Sources Wikipedia Amazing Athletes by Jean-Michal Billioud
Madge Syers (1881-1917)
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Madge Syers (1881-1917)

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Madge was a figure skating champion. She participated in the Men’s category in 1902 because there was no women’s category . She came second smashing everyone’s expectations! Madge Syers was world figures-skating champion in 1906.and 1907. At the London Summer Games in 1908 she won the Olympic title in the ladies competition, and bronze, with her husband and trainer,Edgar. She is the only female skater to win both individual and pairs at the same Olympics. She always wore a hat when performing. She also took her ice-skates every where she went. Madge was the first to perform technically perfect jumps. She retired shortly after 1908, due to poor health, and wrote books about the art of figure skating 1920 was the last time figure-skating was included in the Summer Games. In 1924 it became part of the first Winter Olympic Games held in Chamonix, France. Sources used Wikipedia Amazing Athletes by Jean-Michel Billioud
Spyridon Louis (1873-1940)
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Spyridon Louis (1873-1940)

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Spyridon Louis is remembered because he was the winner of the first modern-day Olympic marathon champion in 1896. He was commonly known as Spyros Louis and was a Greek water carrier. The Greeks were keen about this event. They had 2 qualifying races. Spyridon, a former soldier, was encouraged by his former commanding officer to enter the second qualifying race. He finished 5th. The first modern Olympics held in Greece was proving a disappointment for the home crowds - no winners in track or field. This was to change In the first modern day marathon Olympics there were only 17 competitors, 13 of them represented Greece. The early leader was Frenchman Albin Lermusiaux who after 26 km was exhausted and abandoned the race. The new leader Edwin Flack collapsed a few kilometres later giving Spyridon the lead On entering the Panathenaic Stadium Spyridon was joined by Crown Prince Constantine and Prince George of Greece during the last lap. Time 2;58;50. He was awarded with a silver cup. The first three to finish were all Greek but third placed Spyridon Belokas was later disqualified for having covered part of the course by carriage! He became a farmer and a police officer. In 1936 he was Greek’s standard bearer and offered Adolf Hitler an olive branch from Olympia. He died on 26th March 1940 several months before the Italian invasion of Greece. The Olympic Stadium of Athens, where the 2004 Summer Olympics were held, was named after him. The silver cup Spyridon won was sold at a London auction in 2012 for £541,250 breaking all records for Olympic memorabilia.r