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Ancient Greece There were many sports in Greece such as foot racing chariot racing boxing horse racing racing wrestling javelin discus and the long jump There were three different types of foot racing The first was the long race or as they called it a Dolichos The runners would have to run two laps around a stadium The second race was a stade race which was a sprint six hundred foot sprint down the stadium The third race was called the double stade race or Diaulos It was the same as the stade race but was twice as long Instead of six hundred feet it would double to one thousand two hundred feet which was two times the length of the stadium Chariot races were held in a Hippodrome which was an open large flat rectangular shaped arena The chariots were moved up to an aphesis or the starting gate After the announcer announces all the competitors and the trumpeters signal the start the chariots go off They race real fast but collisions would rarely happen The Greeks took chariot racing seriously such as in the story of a king named Oinomaos He had a daughter named Hippodaneia Oinomaos was a great chariot racer and he said that who ever beat him at a race could have Hippodaneia in marriage If the competitor lost then the Oinomaos would kill them Hippodaneia fell in love with a suitor and didnt want him to be killed so she sabotaged Oinomaos chariot When the race began Oinomaos chariot fell apart and lost the race He was then killed by the suitor and married Hippodaneia In boxing the boxers were not classified by weights like modern boxers so the bigger men had an advantage There was no ring but just an open space The boxers hands were wrapped in long thongs of leather and the fingers were left free They didnt have sets or rounds in
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