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Diagoras of Rhodes

Diagoras of Rhodes, ancient Greek athlete, fl. 5th cent. BC A boxer and wrester, he won an Olympic championship in 464 BC and won numerous times at the Pythian, Isthmian, and Nemean games. Pindar celebrated his Olympic victory in an ode. Diagoras had a unique boxing style, keeping his body erect and never ducking or weaving. His sons were also Olympic champions in boxing and the pankration (a form combining boxing and wrestling).

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