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MARATHON By Joanna Papandreou And Electra Paschou 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 Phedeppedes died. 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. WOMEN • 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. MEN • 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 8125s. • 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 . Average speed The average speed for women is 5,25 meter/second and for men is 5,6 meter/second . 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. THE END Thanks a lot for your attention!
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