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Guess how fast he was going? 50 648 kilometres (403 miles) per hour! At that speed, he could have driven from Melbourne to Perth in just over five hours – that’s only an hour more than it takes to fly! Three years later, Donald swapped his super-car for a super-boat and tried for the water speed record. He got his boat up to 480 kilometres (298 miles) per hour, then . . tragedy. His boat somersaulted from the water and smashed into thousands of pieces. His body was never found. 51 ALL ABOUT THE OLYMPICS The Ancient Games The Olympic Games began in Ancient Greece around 770 BCE.
A Greek soldier called Pheidippides took up the 28 challenge . . well, he was probably ordered to do it. Pheidippides ran like the wind to deliver the great news of the Battle of Marathon. ’ Then he dropped dead. How far did he run? You guessed it – 42 kilometres. Even though things didn’t turn out so well for the original runner, the modern day marathon celebrates this amazing feat. Francisco Lazaro of Portugal collapsed from sunstroke and died of a heart attack during the marathon at the 1912 Olympics.
The cyclists ride up to 230 kilometres a day, and need lots of energy to keep going. They eat more than double the amount of food a normal person needs. The riders eat and drink about half of their day’s rations without getting off their bikes. 8400 food bags and 42 000 water bottles are used by the cyclists during the Tour de France. Four cyclists have won the race five times each. But the champion of champions is Lance Armstrong of the USA. He has won the race seven times in a row, from 1999 to 2005.