One of the greatest moments in sports history took place during the running of the 50th Boston Marathon on April 20, 1946.
A Greek runner named Stylianos Kyriakides came from destitute and Civil War-ravaged Greece to run for his countrymen and raise funds and awareness about the plight of the Greek people.
After winning international acclaim with his victory in Boston, he used his notoriety to raise badly needed funds and supplies, which he brought home to a hero’s welcome.
He shouted “For Greece” as he crossed the finish line. There is a sculpture of Kyriakides in Boston at the 1 mile mark.
NBC Sports created a special documentary about the life of Kyriakides that aired during the Athens 2004 Olympics.