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The Ancient Olympics

The Ancient Olympics

The ancient Olympic Games were initially a one-day event until 684 BC, when they were extended to three days. In the 5th century B.C., the Games were extended again to cover five days. The ancient Games included running, long jump, shot put, javelin, boxing, pankration and equestrian events.Pentathlon:

The Pentathlon became an Olympic sport with the addition of wrestling in 708 B.C. also running, jumping, discus throw.

Some of Ancient Olympic games

Running: The stade race, which was the pre-eminent test of speed, covering the Olympia track from one end to the other (200m foot race),the diaulos (two stades - 400m foot race),dolichos (ranging between 7 and 24 stades).

Jumping: Athletes used stone or lead weights called halteres to increase the distance of a jump. They held onto the weights until the end of their flight, and then jettisoned them backwards.

Discus Throw: Was originally made of stone and later of iron, lead or bronze. The technique was very similar to today's freestyle discus throw.

Wrestling: Highly valued as a form of military exercise without weapons. It ended only when one of the contestants admitted defeat.