Leonidas Pyrgos

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Leonidas Pyrgos
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Medal record
Men's fencing
Olympic Games
Gold 1896 Athens Masters foil

Leonidas Pyrgos (born 1871 in Mantineia, Arcadia) was a Greek fencer.

Career[edit]

Pyrgos was the first Greek Olympic medallist in the history of the modern Olympic Games, winning his fencing event of the 1896 Summer Olympics on 7 April 1896.[1][2] His competitor in the event, which consisted of a single bout of foil fencing to three touches, was one of the best fencers in the world, the Frenchman Jean Maurice Perronet. After a close contest, Pyrgos won 3-1. The crowd cheered the first Greek Olympic medallist. He was lifted onto their shoulders and carried throughout the streets of Athens.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leonidas Pyrgos Olympic Results". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2010-03-31. 
  2. ^ David Wallechinsky (2004), The Complete Book of the Olympics 2004. Aurum Press. p.627.