Commonwealth champion Ian Thompson of Britain easily won the international marathon race over the classic course from the village of Marathon to Athens on Saturday (6 April).
GV & SV village girls dancing in national costume
SV Competitors receive olive branches
GV Official starts race
Thompson, Coleby and Schemenk in leading group
SV Sign "Marathon warriors"
SV Competitors round bend
SV English pair along road (Thompson and Coleby followed by Schemenk etc (2 shots)
SV English pair along road
SV Sign "Athens, Rafino and Andreas"
SV Thompson first followed by Coleby
GV Kurrle with Hussein along road
SV PAN Thompson in stadium, wins, surrounded by photographers
SV Coleby comes second
SV Kurrle finishes third
CU Hatos fourth
SV Ian Thompson receives prize
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Background: Commonwealth champion Ian Thompson of Britain easily won the international marathon race over the classic course from the village of Marathon to Athens on Saturday (6 April).
He entered the all-marble stadium in the centre of ???ens almost five minutes ahead of fellow Briton Max Coleby.
Thompson ran the 26-mile 385 yards (42.19 kilometres) course in two hours thirteen minutes 50.2 seconds, an average of almost 26 consecutive five minute miles.
Thompson, Coleby and Doug Schemenk of the United States pulled away from the international field of 79 runners in the early stages.
Schemenk dropped back and eventually finished eleventh, but fellow countryman Ron Kurrle came through to finish third.
The race follows the route taken by the Greek warrior Pheidippides in 490BC. He ran from Marathon to Athens to bring news of the Greek victory over the invading Persians, but then fell dead from exhaustion.
Athens was also the scene of the first modern Olympiad in 1896.
Before the runners set off, the girls of Marathon village danced folk dances in national costume in the honour. They were also presented with an olive tree branch - a traditional custom of ancient Greece, and blessed by an orthodox priest.