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Ancient Olympics
The Games
Remains of ancient city of Olympia and a Greek statue

The Games


Triple-jump world record holder, Jonathan Edwards looks at the Games themselves, and goes for a run in the Stadium.

The Greeks divided their sports into two groups: ‘heavy’ and ‘light’. The heavy games included boxing, wrestling and a no-holds-barred grappling contest called pankration. The ‘light’ games were the running races. There were also equestrian events.

One of the most famous ancient Olympic athletes was a wrestler called Milo. He won six consecutive victories, and was reputed to have entered the Stadium with a heifer on his shoulders to intimidate his opponents.

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