By Joanna Papandreou
The first person who run a marathon was
Phedeppedes who run 41 kilometers to
announce the Greek’s win at
Marathonas’s fight in 490 b.c. After that
Nowadays marathon is an Olympic sport
which took place for first time in 1896.
French professor Michael Breal, who loved
Greece, inspired this sport. Moreover in
the first marathon race, the winner was a
famous Greek athlete, Spyros Louis.
• The best athlete is Paula Radcliffe from
Great Britain. Her record is 2 hours, 15
minutes and 25 seconds. This record was
achieved from her, in London’s marathon.
• For men now, the record man is Haile
Gebrselassie from Ethiopia who achieved
the record of 2 hours, 3 minutes and 59
seconds at Berlin’s marathon.
All records in seconds
• For women : The record in seconds is
• For men : is 7439s
What is average speed ?
• During the race every athlete changes his
speed depending on what tactic , he wants
to follow . For this reason we speak about
the “ average speed “ which gives us the
average rate at which an athlete covers a
specific distance .
The average speed for women is 5,25
meter/second and for men is 5,6
In kilometers the average speed for men is
19,18 km/h and 19,62 for women.
The things that we have to do
for a good race
• Systematic activity
• Have a healthy diet
• Not to smoke
• Not to alcohol
• If you do these things you may have your
best record. As we know, because we are
athletes, these things are very important
for your personal health.
Thanks a lot for your attention!