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Ahead of Rio, runners re-enact ancient games

AP , Saturday 11 Jun 2016
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Barefoot runners wearing tunics take part in a footrace in the ancient stadium of Nemea, southwest of Athens on Saturday, June 11, 2016 (AP)
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Fifty-five days before the Games begin in Rio de Janeiro, athletes from around the world are taking part in a no-frills Olympics: No national teams. No medals. No shoes.

Wearing only white tunics and running barefoot, athletes aged from 5 to 89 were competing Saturday in the Sixth Modern Nemean Games, a partial revival of ancient Greek games.

The races, run in age categories, only include a 90-meter sprint on a straight dirt course at a 2,300-year-old stadium and 7.5 kilometer run through fabled olive groves and vineyards run in the sounding area, where in ancient Greek mythology Hercules - god of strength, sport and fertility - slayed a fearsome lion.

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