Konstantinos Tsiklitiras

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Konstantinos Tsiklitiras
1912 Konstantinos Tsiklitiras.JPG
Tsiklitiras in 1912
Medal record
Men's athletics
Competitor for  Greece
Olympic Games
Gold 1912 Stockholm Standing long jump
Silver 1908 London Standing long jump
Silver 1908 London Standing high jump
Bronze 1912 Stockholm Standing high jump

Konstantinos Tsiklitiras (Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Τσικλητήρας; October 30, 1888 – February 10, 1913) was a Greek athlete and Olympic champion.

Born in Pylos, he moved to Athens to study commerce. Tsiklitiras soon took up sports. He practiced soccer (for Panathinaikos) and water polo, but is best remembered for winning four Olympic medals in standing long jump and standing high jump. He became Greek champion 19 times.

His career came to a halt in 1913 when he volunteered to fight in the Balkan Wars and fought at the Battle of Bizani, although he could avoid conscription he insisted on fighting for his country. He contracted meningitis and died at the age of 24. His family home still exists (October 2012) in Pylos, Greece, it is functioning as a museum of his athletic achievements, and is adorned by his marble statue in front of it.