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Athletics And Games of the Ancient Greeks volume 2 3

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Athletics And Games of the Ancient Greeks volume 2 3
Edward Marwick Plummer
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An extravagant record of one hundred cubits is preserved in the writings of Philostratos. It is probable, however, that one hundred feet was an extraordinary throw and was exceeded only by the best athletes. While it is unlikely that the throws of renowned athletes were carelessly measured at the time, it is probable that many subsequent accounts were more or less exasfsrerated. It is well to bear in mind that the statue of The Olympic Games in Ancient Times. 15 Phayllos was greatly admired amo...ng the Greeks because that ath- lete had thrown the diskos ninety -five feet.
It is interesting in this connection to note that at the Inter- national Athletic Games, celebrated at Athens in 1896, the victor in the diskos- throwing competition made a record of 95. 64 feet. The diskos used in this competition weighed 4 3-4 pounds. Al- though three skilful Greek athletes participated in this competition and exhibited a technique much superior to that of the foreign competitors, yet the victory was won by Mr.


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