Konstantinos Tsiklitiras

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Konstantinos Tsiklitiras
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Konstantinos Tsiklitiras at the 1912 Olympics
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Born 30 October 1888
Pylos, Peloponnesos, Greece
Died 10 February 1913 (aged 24)
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 81 kg (179 lb)
Sport Jumping
Club Panellinios GS, Athina

Konstantinos "Kostas" Tsiklitiras (Greek : Κωνσταντίνος "Κώστας" Τσικλητήρας; 30 October 1888 – 10 February 1913) was a Greek athlete and Olympic champion. [1]

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

Pylos Place in Greece

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His career stopped 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. [2] His family home still exists (October 2012) in Pylos, is a museum of his athletic achievements. There is marble statue in front.

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Tsiklitiras winning the gold medal in Stockholm, 1912 1912 Konstantinos Tsiklitiras3.JPG
Tsiklitiras winning the gold medal in Stockholm, 1912

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  1. Kostas Tsiklitiras. sports-reference.com
  2. Konstantinos TSIKLITIRAS. athletix.org