Olympic marathon articles

  History of the Olympic Marathon - The name marathon comes from the legend of Pheidippides, a Greek messenger who ran from the town of Marathon to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated in the battle of Marathon. When the idea of a modern Olympics became a reality at the end of the 19th century, the initiators and organizers were looking for a great popularizing event, recalling the ancient glory of Greece.
  How to qualify for the Olympic marathon - The prospect of being selected for the Olympic Games marathon is an ultimate goal for the majority of runners. In order to participate in the Olympic Games marathon, athletes have to qualify and abide by the Olympic Charter and the rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations.

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