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Ancient Olympic Stadium - Finish Line

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Scholars believe the Ancient Olympics began in 776 B.C., although archaeological evidence suggests they may have started earlier (perhaps during the 10th or 9th century B.C.).

Whatever the exact start date, we do know that in the year 776 B.C., a chap named Koroibos - who was a cook from the nearby town of Elis - won a foot race known as the stadion.  The length of that race was 600 feet.

From 776 B.C. forward, the ancient games were held in Olympia every four years.  The tradition lasted nearly twelve centuries.

This image depicts the finish line of the stadion track at Olympia.  

Click on the image for a much-better view.


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