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Postby SoulRose » Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:20 am

One of those that marked history and left a leagasy for others to follow is STYLIANOS KYRIAKIDES.

Stylianos "Stelios" Kyriakides (Greek: Στυλιανός "Στέλιος" Κυριακίδης, January 15, 1910 (unknown OS/NS) – December 1987) was a marathon runner.

He was born in Paphos, Cyprus

Kyriakides competed for Greece in the 1936 Summer Olympics, placing 11th. He was invited by his friend and fellow Berlin marathoner, Johnny Kelley, to participate in the Boston Marathon in the late 1930s. On the day of the marathon he wore new shoes, which injured his feet and caused him to place poorly.

He returned to Greece, and survived the German occupation during World War II. With the Greek Civil War raging, he returned to win the 1946 Boston Marathon. According to a newspaper report, he was running with Johnny Kelley near the end, when an old man shouted from the crowd, "For Greece, for your children!" inspiring him to pull away and win the race in 2:29:27. According to Life magazine he shouted 'For Greece' as he crossed the finish line.

In 1948 he finished 18th in the Olympic marathon at the London Games.

A sculpture of Kyriakides called "The Spirit of the Marathon" was unveiled in Boston in 2004. It is at the 1 mile mark of the marathon in Hopkinton. It was commissioned by the Hopkinton Athletic Association and was dedicated in 2006 to mark the 60th anniversary of Kyriakides' victory in the 1946 race.

"The winner of the 50th Boston Marathon, Kyriakides used his victory as a call to action to aid his war and famine-ravaged homeland. Kyriakides, who narrowly escaped execution during World War II during the Nazi occupation of Greece, hadn't run in six years when he came to Boston in 1946, with the help of Greek-American benefactors. He was emaciated from the lack of food in war-ravaged Greece, and at one point was told by doctors in Boston he wouldn't be allowed to run because they were afraid he would die in the streets. That backdrop only added to the almost mythic race performance, in which Kyriakides came on at the end to defeat the defending champion and set the best time in the world for 1946. Nearly a million people greeted him on his return to Athens in May 1946, when he came back with boat loads of food, medicine, clothing and other essentials donated by Americans who read of his victory." – Sculpture’s Official Press Release.

Links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stylianos_Kyriakides
http://el.wikipedia.org/wiki/%CE%A3%CF% ... /108100/2/
http://vimeo.com/25545569
http://www.pare-dose.net/?p=3657
http://o-nekros.blogspot.com/2011/09/blog-post_04.html
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Re: ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑ

Postby yialousa1971 » Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:49 am

How many Greeks from Greece have Cypriot blood? Great film, I wonder how many of the neo Cypriots on here watched the film, I bet they cried when KYRIAKIDES said "for Greece". :mrgreen:
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Postby kimon07 » Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:57 am

A GREAT Greek heart.
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Re: ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑ

Postby kimon07 » Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:00 am

@ SoulRose.

Can I please repost your post and links to other forums mentioning the link to this post?
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Postby kimon07 » Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:02 am

yialousa1971 wrote:How many Greeks from Greece have Cypriot blood? Great film, I wonder how many of the neo Cypriots on here watched the film, I bet they cried when KYRIAKIDES said "for Greece". :mrgreen:


Yeah. Gone hysterical.
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Re: ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑ

Postby SoulRose » Sun Apr 08, 2012 8:47 pm

kimon07 wrote:@ SoulRose.

Can I please repost your post and links to other forums mentioning the link to this post?



Feel free to do so kimon07, I 've only gathered together some of the infos and posted them here, as sometimes people need to be given the info so they can remember :)
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Postby kimon07 » Sun Apr 08, 2012 9:04 pm

SoulRose wrote:
kimon07 wrote:@ SoulRose.

Can I please repost your post and links to other forums mentioning the link to this post?



Feel free to do so kimon07, I 've only gathered together some of the infos and posted them here, as sometimes people need to be given the info so they can remember :)


And be proud for what they (we) are! Thanks.
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