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The Marathon Course for the first of the modern Olympic games in Athens, Greece in 1896. The race ended at Panathenaic Stadium, the same place the 2004 marathon ended as well.


As the winner of the first Athens Olympic marathon in 1896 Spyridon Louis remained in history.His unexpected triumph gave Greece its only victory in a track & field athletics event at the 1896 Olympics Games and Louis was accorded the status of a national hero. Despite the acclaim, Louis returned to his village of Amarousi, where he worked as a shepherd and mineral water seller, and he never raced again.He remained an Olympic legend and the 2004 Olympic Stadium was named after him


Games of the I Olympiad. Cover of the official report of 1896 Athens Summer Olympics. Often listed as the poster of the Games.