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Spyridon Louis - Famous Athlete
Full Name: Spyridon Louis; known as Spiros Louis
Date of Birth: 12 th January, 1873
Died on: 26 th March, 1940
Sport involved in: Marathon, Athletics
Career and achievement: Spyridon Louis became famous for winning the first modern day marathon in the 1896 Athens Summer Games . Louis was a water carrier by profession. After his achievement in the Olympics, he became a national hero. Spyridon Louis served in the Greek military from 1893 to 1895. In 1894, after the decision was taken to revive the Summer Games, Greece started the preparation for hosting the first ever modern Summer Games in Athens. Marathon was held for the first time in the 1896 modern Summer Games. Colonel Papadiamantopoulos, Louis' commanding officer during his military service, convinced him to compete in the marathon. Louis finished the qualifying race organized for the Greek participants in fifth position. During the marathon, the race was led by French Albin Lermusiaux in the first 32 kilometer. Then the lead was taken by Teddy Flack of Australia. A few kilometers later, Flack collapsed and Louis took the lead. After entering the stadium, Louis was accompanied by the Greek princesâ€”Crown prince Constantine and Prince George. Louis finished the race in 2::58:50 seconds. Louis was offered many gifts by many countrymen. Even the King offered him any gift he wanted. Louis' last public appearance was in the 1936 Berlin Summer Games. In the Games, he bore the standard of the Greek team during the opening ceremonies. The Greek national hero Spyridon Louis died on 26 th March in 1940.
Team USA defeated team Serbia to win its third straight basketball gold medal in Men’s Basketball tournament. The winning team’s coach Mike Krzyzewski was utmost delighted with his team’s victory on the final day of Rio 2016 Olympic Games. USA won by a 19-15 lead and this is their 25th straight victory at the Olympic Games in addition to the 15th straight victory in the basketball tournament.
Mo Farah of Great Britain has bagged the gold by winning the 5000 meters final and completed the double double. According to media reports, with this victory Farah has become the second man in the history of Olympics to be able to successfully defend his 5000 and 10000 Olympic championships. His victory is being hailed on Twitter with some calling him the greatest long distance runner of all time. Meanwhile, the silver medal has gone to Paul Kipkemoi Chelimo and Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia has bagged the bronze.
In the women's event, Caster Semenya of South Africa won the Olympic gold in the 800m. She won in one minute 55.28 seconds. Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi won the silver medal and Kenya's Margaret Nyairera Wambui bagged the bronze.
Chen Long of China has taken gold medal in the Rio Olympics 2016 after defeating Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has won a silver in men’s badminton today. Lee was facing pressure not to lose the match. He beat Lin Dan of China in the semi-final. Lee and Lin, both are considered to be the best players of their time. With Lee’s defeat, Malaysia has missed out the chance of getting an Olympic gold medal.
Italy came up with a win and is heading to men's volleyball final against Brazil, after defeating USA. The US men's volleyball team tried all their survival skills, but could not stand in front of Italy. The winning team's thriller was 30-28, 26-28, 9-25, 25-22, 15-9. After it was over, US coach John Speraw said that the team was not skilled enough and they did not execute on some of the opportunities, which Italy flawlessly did
French boxer Estelle Mossely celebrated her 24th birthday by winning a gold medal in Women’s lightweight boxing championship. She defeated China’s Yin Junhua after the end of four rounds that had the two defending champions leveled on the scorecards of three judges. The bronze medals were earned by Mira Potkonen of Finland and Anastasia Beliakova of Russia.