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World Record
A world record is usually the best global performance ever recorded and officially verified in a specific skill or sport. The book Guinness World Records
Guinness World Records
collates and publishes notable records of all types, from first and best to worst human achievements, to extremes in the natural world and beyond.Contents1 Terminology 2 Culture 3 Sports 4 See also 5 ReferencesTerminology[edit] In the United States
United States
the form World's Record was formerly more common. The term World Best was also briefly in use.[citation needed] The latter term is still used in athletics events, including track and field and road running to describe good and bad performances not recognized as an official world record: either because it is not an event where the IAAF
IAAF
tracks the record (e.g
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Japan
Coordinates: 35°N 136°E / 35°N 136°E / 35; 136Japan 日本国 Nippon-koku or Nihon-kokuFlagImperial SealAnthem: "Kimigayo" 君が代"His Imperial Majesty's Reign"[2][3] Government
Government
Seal of JapanGo-Shichi no Kiri (五七桐)Area controlled by Japan
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International Amateur Athletic Federation
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is the international governing body for the sport of athletics. It was founded on 17 July 1912 as the International Amateur Athletic Federation by representatives from 17 national athletics federations at the organization's first congress in Stockholm, Sweden. Since October 1993, it has been headquartered in Monaco. Beginning in 1982, the IAAF passed several amendments to its rules to allow athletes to receive compensation for participating in international competitions. However, the organization retained the word amateur in its name until its 2001 congress, at which it changed its name to the International Association of Athletics Federations. The IAAF's president is Sebastian Coe of the United Kingdom
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1896 Summer Olympics
The 1896 Summer Olympics
1896 Summer Olympics
(Greek: Θερινοί Ολυμπιακοί Αγώνες 1896, Therinoí Olympiakoí Agónes 1896), officially known as the Games of the I Olympiad, was the first international Olympic Games
Olympic Games
held in modern history. Organised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which had been created by Pierre de Coubertin, it was held in Athens, Greece, from 6 to 15 April 1896. Winners were given a silver medal, while runners-up received a copper medal. Retroactively, the IOC has converted these to gold and silver, and awarded bronze medals to third placed athletes. Ten of the 14 participating nations earned medals. The United States won the most gold medals, 11; host nation Greece
Greece
won the most medals overall, 46. The highlight for the Greeks was the marathon victory by their compatriot Spyridon Louis
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Greece
Greece
Greece
(Greek: Ελλάδα), officially the Hellenic Republic (Ελληνική Δημοκρατία), historically also known as Hellas, is a country located in Southern Europe,[10] with a population of approximately 11 million as of 2016. Athens
Athens
is the nation's capital and largest city, followed by Thessaloniki. Greece
Greece
is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Situated on the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula, it shares land borders with Albania
Albania
to the northwest, the Republic of Macedonia
Republic of Macedonia
and Bulgaria
Bulgaria
to the north, and Turkey
Turkey
to the northeast
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Charilaos Vasilakos
Charilaos Vasilakos
Charilaos Vasilakos
(Greek: Χαρίλαος Βασιλάκος, 1875 – December 1, 1964)[5] was a Greek athlete and the first man to win a marathon race.[6] He also won a silver medal at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens.[7] Biography[edit] Vasilakos was born in Piraeus, Greece.[8] His father Michael Vasilakos was from the Mani region and served in the army.[9] The oldest of three siblings, at age fourteen his father died.[9][10] As a young man he studied law and worked in Athens' court.[9] A member of Panellinios sport club, he was a dedicated athlete and pursued running.[11][12] On March 22, 1896,[13] Greece
Greece
held the first modern Panhellenic Games. The main purpose of the games was to select the team that would compete in the first Modern Olympic Games
Olympic Games
later the same year. All participants were members of Greek sports clubs
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Ioannis Lavrentis
Ioannis Lavrentis (Greek: Ιωάννης Λαυρέντης) was a Greek athlete who was likely the second runner to win a marathon. On March 12, 1896, Lavrentis was first in a field of 38 runners attempting to qualify for the 1896 Summer Olympics
1896 Summer Olympics
in Athens, Greece (3:11:27).[1] One month later, he was one of 17 athletes to compete in the first Olympic marathon. Seven runners, including Lavrentis, did not finish the race. References[edit]^ Martin, Dr. David (2000). " Marathon
Marathon
running as a social and athletic phenomenon: historical and current trends". In Pedoe, Dan Tunstall. Marathon
Marathon
Medicine. London: Royal Society of Medicine Press. p. 31. ISBN 9781853154607. External links[edit]list of Greek athletesThis biographical article relating to Greek athletics is a stub
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Spiridon Louis
Spiridon "Spyros" Louis (Greek: Σπυρίδων "Σπύρος" Λούης, sometimes transliterated Loues; 12 January 1873 – 26 March 1940) was a Greek water-carrier who won the first modern-day Olympic marathon at the 1896 Summer Olympics, thereby becoming a national hero. Louis was born in the town of Marousi, which is now a suburb to the north of Athens, into a poor family. Louis's father sold mineral water in Athens, at the time lacking a central water supply, and his son helped him by transporting it.Contents1 Preparation 2 The marathon race 3 After the Olympics 4 Breal's Silver Cup 5 References 6 Bibliography 7 External linksPreparation[edit] After the decision in 1894 to revive the Olympic Games, preparations were made to organise the first modern Olympics in Athens. One of the races would be the marathon, an event which had never been held before
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Athletics At The 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's Marathon
The men's marathon event was a special race invented as part of the Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics
Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics
programme. Michel Bréal originated the idea of a race from the city of Marathon
Marathon
to Athens, taking inspiration from the legend of Pheidippides. The first such marathon race was a Greek national competition that served as a qualifier for the Olympic marathon, won by Charilaos Vasilakos. The length of the marathon in 1896 was approximately 40 km (25 mi).[1] Twenty-five athletes traveled to Marathon
Marathon
for the race from there to Athens, though only seventeen actually began the race. Just as in the 1500 metre race, Albin Lermusiaux
Albin Lermusiaux
took the lead early. Edwin Flack
Edwin Flack
and Arthur Blake maintained second and third place until Blake dropped out at 23 kilometres
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Paris Marathon
The Paris International Marathon
Marathon
(French: Marathon
Marathon
International de Paris) is an annual marathon which takes place from the Champs-Élysées
Champs-Élysées
heading towards the Place de la Concorde
Place de la Concorde
and continuing through the city to finish at Foch Avenue. Along with the Berlin Marathon
Marathon
and the London Marathon, it is one of the most popular long-distance annual running events in Europe.Contents1 History1.1 Tour de Paris 1.2 The modern Paris Marathon2 Route 3 Race summaries3.1 2017 3.2 2016 3.3 2015 3.4 2014 3.5 2008 3.6 2007 3.7 2006 3.8 2005 3.9 2004 3.10 20034 Past winners4.1 Paris Marathon 4.2 Victories by nationality 4.3 Tour de Paris Marathon5 Notes 6 References 7 External linksHistory[edit] Tour de Paris[edit] The first Paris Marathon, the Tour de Paris Marathon, took place in 1896
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1912 Summer Olympics
The 1912 Summer Olympics
1912 Summer Olympics
(Swedish: Olympiska sommarspelen 1912), officially known as the Games of the V Olympiad, were an international multi-sport event held in Stockholm, Sweden, between 5 May and 22 July 1912. Twenty-eight nations and 2,408 competitors, including 48 women, competed in 102 events in 14 sports. With the exception of tennis (starting on 5 May) and football and shooting (both starting on 29 June), the games were held within a month with an official opening on 6 July. It was the last Olympics to issue solid gold medals and, with Japan's debut, the first time an Asian nation participated. Stockholm was the only bid for the games, and was selected in 1909. The games were the first to have art competitions, women's diving, women's swimming, and the first to feature both the decathlon and the new pentathlon, both won by Jim Thorpe. Electric timing was introduced in athletics, while the host country disallowed boxing
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Nike, Inc.
Nike, Inc.
Nike, Inc.
(official, US: /ˈnaɪki/; also, non-US /naɪk/)[note 1] is an American multinational corporation that is engaged in the design, development, manufacturing, and worldwide marketing and sales of footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories, and services. The company is headquartered near Beaverton, Oregon, in the Portland metropolitan area. It is the world's largest supplier of athletic shoes and apparel[4] and a major manufacturer of sports equipment, with revenue in excess of US$24.1 billion in its fiscal year 2012 (ending May 31, 2012)
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Johnny Hayes
John Joseph "Johnny" Hayes (April 10, 1886 – August 25, 1965) was an American athlete, a member of the Irish American Athletic Club, and winner of the marathon race at the 1908 Summer Olympics. Hayes' Olympic victory contributed to the early growth of long-distance running and marathoning in the United States.[3][4] He was also the first man to win a marathon at the now official standard distance of 26 miles 385 yards when Olympic officials lengthened the distance to put the finish line in front of the King of England's box. (The 1896 and 1904 Olympic marathons had been less than 25 miles long.)Contents1 Biography 2 1908 Olympic victory 3 See also 4 References 5 External linksBiography[edit] Born in New York City
New York City
to a family of Irish emigrants (from Nenagh
Nenagh
in Co
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Athletics At The 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's Marathon
The men's marathon race of the 1908 Summer Olympics
1908 Summer Olympics
took place in London
London
on 24 July 1908. Johnny Hayes
Johnny Hayes
won after Dorando Pietri
Dorando Pietri
was disqualified for having received assistance before the finish line. For the first time in an Olympic marathon, the distance was 26 miles, 385 yards (42 195 m), which would become the standard distance in 1921
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Stamata Revithi
Stamata Revithi
Stamata Revithi
(Greek: Σταμάτα Ρεβίθη; 1866 – after 1896) was a Greek woman who ran the 40-kilometre marathon during the 1896 Summer Olympics. The Games excluded women from competition, but Revithi insisted that she be allowed to run. Revithi ran one day after the men had completed the official race, and although she finished the marathon in approximately 5 hours and 30 minutes and found witnesses to sign their names and verify the running time, she was not allowed to enter the Panathinaiko Stadium
Panathinaiko Stadium
at the end of the race. She intended to present her documentation to the Hellenic Olympic Committee
Hellenic Olympic Committee
in the hopes that they would recognize her achievement, but it is not known whether she did so
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