Leonidas Pyrgos

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Gold 1896 Masters foil
Leonidas Pyrgos

Leonidas Pyrgos, born in Mantineia, was a Greek fencer.

He 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. 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.