Yiannis Kouros in 2008
|Born||13 February 1956|
|Sport||Track and Field|
|Event(s)||24-hour run, 48-hour run, 6-day race|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||Marathon: 2:24:00|
Spartathlon: 20:25:00 WR
Yiannis Kouros (Greek: Γιάννης Κούρος; born February 13, 1956 in Tripoli, Greece) is a Greek ultramarathon runner based in Melbourne. He is sometimes called the "Running God" or "Pheidippides' Successor". He holds many men's outdoor road world records from 100 to 1,000 miles and many road and track records from 12 hours to 6 days. In 1991, he starred as Pheidippides in the movie The Story of the Marathon: A Hero's Journey, which chronicles the history of marathon running.
Kouros came to prominence when he won the Spartathlon in 1984 in record time and the Sydney to Melbourne Ultramarathon in 1985 in a record time of 5 days, 5 hours, 7 minutes and 6 seconds. He beat the previous record held by Cliff Young.
Kouros says that his secret is that "when other people get tired, they stop. I don't. I take over my body with my mind. I tell it that it's not tired and it listens."
Kouros has also written over 1,000 poems, several of which appear in his books Symblegmata (Clusters) and The Six-Day Run of the Century.
According to the International Association of Ultrarunners, as of February 2013.
|100 miles||Road||11h 46min 37s||13.665 km/h|
|1000 km||Track||5d 16h 17min 00s||7.338 km/h|
|1000 km||Road||5d 20h 13min 40s||7.131 km/h|
|1000 miles||Road||10d 10h 30min 36s||6.424 km/h|
|12 h||Road||162.543 km||13.545 km/h|
|24 h||Road||290.221 km||12.093 km/h|
|24 h||Track||303.506 km||12.646 km/h|
|48 h||Road||433.095 km||9.023 km/h|
|48 h||Track||473.797 km||9.875 km/h|
|6 days||Road||1028.370 km||7.142 km/h|
|6 days||Track||1038.851 km||7.214 km/h|
- "World Best Performances" (PDF). International Association of Ultrarunners. October 2012.
- "IAU World (age) best performances" (PDF). 29 January 2015. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
- "Japan's Ryoichi Sekiya wins Spartathlon race". USA Today. AP. 26 September 2009. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
- Potter, David (18 April 1985) Melbourne's Greeks welcome their Marathon man, The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 15 February 2010.
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