Aristidis Konstantinidis

Aristidis Konstantinidis was a Greek cyclist. He competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens.

Olympic success in 1896

Konstantinidis competed in the 10 kilometres, 100 kilometres, and road races. He won the road race, covering the 87 kilometres from Athens to Marathon and back in a time of 3:22:31 despite his bicycle breaking down shortly after turning around and him falling during the return trip. The race was then done with the help of pacemakers, and some sources say that he finished the race on a pacemaker's bicycle, because his bicylce had broken down.[2] Other sources tell that he finished the race with a bicycle from a spectator.[3]

Konstantinidis did not do as well in the track races, finishing fifth in the 10 kilometres after colliding with countryman Georgios Kolettis and not finishing the 100 kilometres. He was one of seven to not finish out of the nine that started the race.

Olympic games in 1906

In the 1906 Intercalated Games, Konstantinidis participated again, this time in the road race and in the 20 kilometres. He did not finish in the road race, and was eliminated in the second round in the 20 kilometres.[2]

After cycling

Konstantinidis co-founded the Athens Cycling Association.[2]

References

1. ^ Aristidis Konstantinidis profile at Cycling Archives
2. ^ a b c "Aristidis Konstantinidis". Sports-reference. http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/ko/aristidis-konstantinidis-1.html. Retrieved 27 July 2009.
3. ^ "De eerste Olympische marathon" (in Dutch). UltraNed. http://www.ultraned.org/n_item/f2357_2004_08.php. Retrieved 27 July 2009.

Gold
medal
Cycling
Road race

Cycling at the Summer Olympics | Olympic Champions in Men's Individual Road Race

Aristidis Konstantinidis | 1900-1920 | Armand Blanchonnet | 1928-1932 | Robert Charpentier | Jose Beyaert | Andre A. Noyelle | Ercole Baldini | Viktor Kapitonov | Mario Zanin | Pierfranco Vianelli | Hennie Kuiper | Bernt Johansson | Sergei Sukhoruchenkov | Alexi Grewal | Olaf Ludwig | Fabio Casartelli | Pascal Richard | Jan Ullrich | Paolo Bettini

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