Leonidas of Rhodes


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Leonidas of Rhodes

(lēŏn`ĭdəs, rōdz), fl. 2d cent. B.C., ancient Greek athlete. He won three different foot races—the stadion, about 200 m, the diaulos, about 400m, and the hoplitodromos, in which athletes ran the equivalent of a diaulos while wearing heavy battle gear and carrying a shield—in each of four consecutive Olympic games (164–152 B.C.). He won his final championships at the age of 36. His 12 individual wins in Olympic competition was unsurpassed until Michael PhelpsPhelps, Michael Fred,
1985–, American swimmer, b. Baltimore. One of the world's greatest competitive swimmers, Phelps became (2001) the youngest world record holder (in the 200-m butterfly) at 15 and set an unprecedented five world records at the 2003 world championships.
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 won his 13th gold medal in 2016.
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Leonidas of Rhodes earned 12 olive wreaths for winning foot races in four Olympiads - from 164 BC to 152 BC.
The American, 31, took the 200m individual medley early yesterday and now has 22 golds, nine from relays and 13 individual - which finally tops the 12 individual wins of Leonidas of Rhodes.
Securing his 12th individual gold meant he tied for the most individual wins in Olympic history with Leonidas of Rhodes, who rocked the sprinting and long-distance running world in 152 BC.
London mayor Boris Johnson said: "In the ancient world crowds would line the streets to welcome their triumphant Olympians home, where they would be ecstatically venerated and their victories chronicled for the ages, with names like Leonidas of Rhodes and Milo of Kroton reverberating through history.