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Pankration -a combination of wrestling and boxing

Theagenes of Thasos was one of the most praised athletes in antiquity. He won the 76th Olympiad in 476BC.

Born to a priest of the temple of Herakles, this giant of a man comp...

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The all-time greats of the Ancient Olympic Games

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Wrestling

Milon of Croton was a six-time Olympic champion. He was a huge, greedy person. As part of a sacrifice during each Game, Milon carried a cow on his back into the sanctuary, killed i...

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Boxing

Diagoras of Rhodes was the winner in the 79th Olympiad in 464BC. He was 2.2m tall and thought to be the son of a god. He never swayed out of the way of his opponent's punches.

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Running

In four consecutive Games (164BC - 152BC), Leonidas of Rhodes won both sprints, the stadion and the diaulos, and the race in armour.

He was said to have...

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Pentathlon

Phayllos of Croton, athlete and military hero, won three victories at the Pythian Games, although it is unclear what he won at Olympia.

He reportedly jumped over the entire 15.2m sandpit at t...

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Chariot racing

Kyniska of Sparta won the four-horse race in 396BC and 392BC.

From an early age, the daughter of the king of Sparta wanted to partake in the Games. Despite women not being al...

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