Sunday, 5 February 2017

Fun with English - Marathon



Fun with English - Marathon

Do you know why the marathon distance is set to 42.195km?

Answer:
http://marathons.ahotu.com/archives/226-why-is-the-marathon-distance-set-to-42-195-km

The origin of the marathon
In the year 490 B.C., Miltiade a Greek general from Athens inflicted a serious defeat on the Persians in the plains of Marathon, a small village in the northwest of Athens. In order the convey the news of the victory, a Greek soldier, Phidippides, ran at a stretch from the battlefield to Athens. After delivering the news, he collapsed and die.

What distance did he actually run? We certainly don’t know the exact distance, because we don’t know the route he followed.

I made a little test. I went to the Google maps web site and asked for the direction from Marathon to Athens.With the modern road system, the distance is 42.3 km. Isn’t that amazing? But most historians assume that the distance ran by Phidippides was around 40 km.



1. Inflict / To inflict something on someone
Meaning: To cause something unpleasant to happen.
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/inflict

2.Convey
Meaning: To communicate or express a thought.
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/convey

3. Stretch
Meaning: A continuous area of land or water.
http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/stretch

4. Collapse
Meaning: To suddenly fall down and become ill or unconscious.
http://www.macmillandictionary.com/dictionary/british/collapse_1

Remark:
J: I really wanna run! LOLZ!

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