Which Ancient Greek Athletes Had Any Chance Against Our Well-Trained Modern Olympians?

At least two ancient Greek athletes would have done well in the modem games; their Olympic records stood until the twentieth century.

Twenty-six hundred years ago, an athlete named Protiselaus threw a cumbersome primitive discus 152 feet from a standing position.

No one exceeded that distance until Clarence Houser, an American, threw the discus 155 feet in 1928.

In 656 BC, a Greek Olympian named Chionis leapt 23 feet, 1.5 inches, a long jump record that stood until 1900, when an American named Alvis Kraenzlein surpassed it by 4.5 inches.

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