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

Leonidas Pyrgos

Aristidis Konstantinidis, Ioannis Frangoudis, Georgios Orfanidis, Ioannis Georgiadis
Ioannis Mitropoulos, Leonidas Pyrgos, Pantelis Karasevdas

Career

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

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

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