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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 337,463 page views. His biography is available in 44 different languages on Wikipedia. Spyridon Louis is the 7th most popular athlete (down from 6th in 2019), the 166th most popular biography from Greece (down from 139th 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 7 out of 3,059Before him are Jesse Owens, Abebe Bikila, Paavo Nurmi, Emil Zátopek, Louis Zamperini, and Bob Beamon. After him are Carl Lewis, Viktor Saneyev, Usain Bolt, Luz Long, Sigfrid Edström, and Ronnie Coleman.

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Among people born in 1873, Spyridon Louis ranks 16Before him are Luigi Lucheni, Henri Barbusse, Alfred Jarry, Karl Schwarzschild, Alberto Santos-Dumont, and G. E. Moore. After him are William McMaster Murdoch, Otto Loewi, Julius Martov, Sándor Ferenczi, Max Reger, and Francisco I. Madero. Among people deceased in 1940, Spyridon Louis ranks 20Before him are Manuel Azaña, Gerda Wegener, Wladimir Köppen, Isaac Babel, Julius Wagner-Jauregg, and Paul Gottlieb Nipkow. After him are Italo Balbo, Verner von Heidenstam, Ze'ev Jabotinsky, John Buchan, Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse, and Vsevolod Meyerhold.

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In Greece

Among people born in Greece, Spyridon Louis ranks 166 out of 936Before him are Demetrius Vikelas (1835), Pherecydes of Syros (-580), Cleomenes I (-600), Pittacus of Mytilene (-650), Hippocrates of Chios (-470), and Callisthenes (-360). After him are Athenagoras I of Constantinople (1886), Panaetius (-185), Aeschines (-389), Nicias (-500), Helen of Greece and Denmark (1896), and Hipparchia of Maroneia (-350).

Among ATHLETES In Greece

Among athletes born in Greece, Spyridon Louis ranks 1After him are Leonidas of Rhodes (-200), Coroebus of Elis (-800), Theagenes of Thasos (-500), Stamata Revithi (1866), Charilaos Vasilakos (1877), Konstantinos Tsiklitiras (1888), Evangelos Damaskos (1801), Dimitrios Golemis (1874), Yiannis Kouros (1956), Georgios Papasideris (1875), and Ioannis Theodoropoulos (1900).