• Short Summary

    Seven hundred people from ten countries competed in a classical marathon race in Greece on Saturday (19 October).

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    Seven hundred people from ten countries competed in a classical marathon race in Greece on Saturday (19 October).

    There were 600 West Germans -- by far the largest contingent -- and smaller numbers from Sweden, Finland, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Australia, the United States and Greece.

    The competitors came from many different walks of life and covered most age groups. The youngest was 13 year-old Wolf Steinheim from Germany.

    The race was held in honour of the famous battle of Marathon which was fought in 490BC. The 26-mile (42 kms) course followed the route taken by the Greek warrier who ran to Athens to announce the victory of the Athenians over the Persians.

    Victory in this type of event is secondary to the achievement of having completed the course. But it must have been a satisfying moment for the Greek runner, Theofanis Tsimindatos, when he entered the Athens Stadium as first man home. His time was two hours, 2932 seconds. Gunter Schmidt of West Germany was second and Nicos Argyropoulos of Greece, third.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAC5LY4IM6NPEQ8UD2HRCD7D7OU
    Media URN:
    VLVAC5LY4IM6NPEQ8UD2HRCD7D7OU
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/10/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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