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First Olympic Marathon Trophy Goes On Display

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Aug. 29, 2012
  • Updated Aug. 29, 2012 at 10:03 AM UTC
The Breal's Silver Cup has returned to Greece. Photo: Reuters

Spyros Lewis’ crowning achievement is being used to bolster morale.

Greece has had a rough couple of years. Embroiled in the recent financial crisis, the Southern European nation is in need of a little pick up.

And so the prime minister has lined up some inspiration: the Olympic trophy from the first marathon in 1896.

The trophy is called the Beal’s Silver Cup and has never been displayed in Greece.

Last April, it was sold by the grandson of the victor, Spyros Louis. The cup set a new record for the sale of an Olympic artifact.

The cup was bought by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation–based out of Athens–for a staggering $814,000.

“In these tough times, all Greeks must follow the bravery, resilience and fighting spirit that made Spyros Louis win,” said Foundation president, Andreas Dracopoulos.

“We must work hard, this time not to win a cup but to stand, proud, on our feet again.”

The cup will be put on display at Athens’ Acropolis Museum. At some point, it will go on display at a new, yet-to-be-built cultural center.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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