Spyridon Louis

1873 - 1940

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Spyridon Louis (Greek: Σπυρίδων Λούης [spiˈriðon ˈluis], sometimes transliterated Spiridon Loues; 12 January 1873 – 26 March 1940), commonly known as Spyros Louis (Σπύρος Λούης), was a Greek water-carrier who won the first modern-day Olympic marathon at the 1896 Summer Olympics. Following his victory, he was celebrated as a national hero.A former soldier, Louis was encouraged to try out for the Olympics by his former commanding officer. After progressing through qualifying, he went on to win the inaugural Olympic marathon after placing first from seventeen competitors. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Spyridon Louis has received more than 214,507 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). Spyridon Louis is the 6th most popular athlete (down from 5th in 2019), the 139th most popular biography from Greece (down from 126th in 2019) and the most popular Greek Athlete.

Spyridon Louis is most famous for being the first person to swim across the English Channel.

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Among athletes, Spyridon Louis ranks 6 out of 3,055Before him are Jesse Owens, Abebe Bikila, Paavo Nurmi, Emil Zátopek, and Louis Zamperini. After him are Luz Long, Jānis Lūsis, Bob Beamon, Carl Lewis, Dana Zátopková, and Dick Fosbury.

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Among people born in 1873, Spyridon Louis ranks 14Before him are Thomas Andrews, Johannes V. Jensen, Henri Barbusse, Karl Schwarzschild, Alfred Jarry, and Luigi Lucheni. After him are William McMaster Murdoch, G. E. Moore, Julius Martov, Alberto Santos-Dumont, Max Reger, and Sándor Ferenczi. Among people deceased in 1940, Spyridon Louis ranks 17Before him are Emma Goldman, Peter Behrens, Carl Bosch, Gerda Wegener, Manuel Azaña, and Arthur Harden. After him are Isaac Babel, Wladimir Köppen, Verner von Heidenstam, Ze'ev Jabotinsky, Italo Balbo, and Julius Wagner-Jauregg.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Spyridon Louis ranks 139 out of 855Before him are Saint Titus (13), Agesilaus II (-444), Demetrius of Phalerum (-350), Pleistarchus (-500), Tyrtaeus (-700), and Apollodorus of Athens (-180). After him are Parmenion (-400), Lysander (-401), Saint Giles (640), Longus (110), Oruç Reis (1473), and Hippias (-600).

Among ATHLETES In Greece

Among athletes born in Greece, Spyridon Louis ranks 1After him are Stamata Revithi (1866), Charilaos Vasilakos (1877), Sotirios Versis (1876), Evangelos Damaskos (1801), Dimitrios Golemis (1874), Konstantinos Tsiklitiras (1888), Panagiotis Paraskevopoulos (1875), Georgios Papasideris (1875), Spyridon Belokas (1878), Alexandre Tuffère (1876), and Perikles Kakousis (1879).