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The Olympic Games of Athens 1896 Pantelis Karasevdas (1876-1946): A fighting spirit by Nikos Choutas

In modern Olympic history, Greek and global, rare forms of Olympic champions that consistently were at the center of the weather events in later after their Olympic victory life. The Pantelis Karasevdas is such a rare case. Inquisitive, restless, ambitious, tenacious, restless recorded a windy path in public life the less admirable, embodying the racing aspect of life.

In assessing the overall progress of the sports roots and influences in shaping his character can not account. Winter swimmer in his native Astakos in Etolia & Akarnania prefecture where he was born in 1876 and then the athlete Panachaicon Gymnastics Association in Patras, jumping and streets. He entered the Athens Law School in 1894, the year in which the decision was the revival of the Olympic Games. The Karasevdas joined the ranks of the Panhellenic Gymnastic Society which had represented the Greek athletics at the conference of the revival in June 1894 in Paris and was preparing for his participation in the shooting games of the first international Olympic Games.

On March 28, 1896 at the newly built Shooting Kallithea took part in the 'rifle match 200m "and amassing 2320 points ranked first to second Panagiotis Pavlidis lawyer (1978 points) and the third lieutenant Nikolaos Trikoupis (1718 points). It is important to mention the increased competition that existed in this fight. Specifically, the fourth ranked Anastasios Metaxas, architect of the Panathenaic Stadium, fifth, George Orphanides, who a few days later came the first shooting war weapon 300m. and sixth Dane Jensen who two days ago had emerged first Olympic weightlifting "with both hands." Climate that prevailed after winning Karasevda read the version for the 1896 Olympics Charles Beck: "rabid exploding applause and everyone cheered the Greek Olympionikin, warmly no congratulations addressed him the following long interest Superintendent of Prince Nicholas' struggle . The Karasevda gold medal in shooting and five more silver was the rich harvest for the National which has since been allowed to speak of the "Association of Olympians."

In the coming months the transceiver. Karasevdas will be at the side of the Cretan Revolution with the "University phalanx" and will participate in the business of the Greek-Turkish war of 1897 and takes an active part in the Macedonian struggle (1904-1906) under the pseudonym "Pantoleon". He attended as a volunteer in the Reserve Officers School of Corfu outbound reservist lieutenant. Then, in September 1912 reinforces the revolutionary movement of Samos (September 1912) under Themistocles Sofouli. During the Balkan wars (1912-1913) seriously injured in Manoliassa Ioannina and was promoted to colonel on gallantry. The following year, 1914, ill battling in Delvino having the lead voluntary body 300 Aitoloakarnania the autonomy of Northern Epirus struggle with the material support of Mayor Michael Agrinio Bellou had origin from Epirus.

With the outbreak of World War II will be found in the trenches of the bloody Battle of Verdun (1916) knowing the then captain Charles de Gaulle. Earlier, in 1915, the campaign of Gallipoli (Dardanelles) was head of the Order of the Legion of strangers. The failed joint venture British and the French Karasevdas injured. He received the honorary rank of colonel in the French Army and the Order of the Legion of Honour. In May 1918 reoccurred in war fronts with the Greek forces under the command of French General captured the Bulgarian positions in Skra. The Karasevdas had spoken in favor of Greece's exit in the war on the side of the Entente and had supported the Movement of National Defence of Eleftherios Venizelos. Finally, in Asia Minor campaign found in the ranks of the 5/42 Evzones Constitution of Nikolaos Plastiras -Getting to know from Northern Epirus strivings and followed him in the revolutionary movement of 11 September 1922. For the military action was assigned the rank of Major while a reserve officer . He received full points for martial gallantry until the reservist colonel and the rank of major of disability.ης .

His political activity was no less eventful. Its political orientation is determined by the Movement in Goudi (1909). Elected MP Etolia & Akarnania from 1910 to artisystato Venizelos Liberal party. He was a prominent member and leader in his constituency. Note that as an MP in 1910 elected outside palaiokommatikon combinations was mixed with MP Syros Rose Pappadam the first unofficial founder of the liberal party.

With the El. Venizelos had link from the Cretan revolution period and their temporal relations were warm and close testifying and their dense correspondence. After 1922 the Karasevdas elected deputy in the elections of December 16, 1923 which launched the revolutionary government Nikolaos Plastiras - Stylianos Gonatas for the emergence of the Fourth Convention, which will decide on the country's constitution. As a supporter of the republican delivered in 1924 to the House why "On the merits of democracy and Basel defects" which won the best impressions. especially preferred by each other and by unanimous decision of the National Assembly published by the National Printing Office in thousands of copies to be read by the public. This is the top of the time in the parliamentary life of the country. Note that in addition to his studies at the Law School of Athens the Karasevdas had studied Political Science in Paris. With the Liberal Party and was elected in the last elections of the interwar period on January 26, 1936.ης .

All these densely into action years his relationship with sport and olympiasmo stayed alive. During the work of the Fourth Constituent Assembly with his own tireless actions achieved the approval of the final concession from the Municipality of Athens Panathinaikos Athletic Club (PAO) space for the construction field, the current "Apostolos Nikolaidis". The leadership team elected him president of PAO (1924-1925) in gratitude for the support of. From 1925 to 1935 he served continuously Karasevdas president of the Panhellenic Gymnastics Club with whom he won the Olympic gold medal. At the same time, he was a member of the Olympic Committee from 1924 to 1935. In plenary EDA participated for 11 consecutive years at the proposal of the Minister of Military indicating recognition and appreciation enjoyed by the sports world.

During the National Resistance is part of the National Liberation Front (EAM) taking part in the work of the National Council of the Citizens National Liberation Committee (PSURs) in May 1944 as ethnosymvoulos of Valtos province after relevant Act of PSURs for the House parliamentarians 1936. on December 3, 1944 will deliver a fiery ground during the rally EAM, opening day of the December events. Months after publishing the book "Reflections on the reconstruction of the state" with the intention to contribute to the formation of the Liberal Democratic Socialist Party program. In short the issuer CV for Pantelis Karasevdas stated that, "From adolescence apedothike in any kind of sports, with the obvious purpose to shops ischyroteros and withstand in the long-term public Games which diaisthanotane that will make every effort to 'throughout his life. " After 50 years of public action and offer the Karasevdas died in March 1946 in Agrinio few days before the holding of the first elections of the post-war period.During the national resistance is part of the National Liberation Front (EAM) taking part in the work of the National Council of political Committee of national liberation (PEEA) in May 1944 as ethnosymboylos the province of valtos, then by Act of the PEEA for participation of members of the House of 1936. On 3 December 1944 would deliver fiery floor during clampdown of EAM, the opening day of street fighting. Months after it publishes the book "thoughts on the reconstruction of the State" with the intention to contribute to the shaping of the program of Liberal Democratic Socialists. In a brief curriculum vitae of the issuer for Pantelis Karasebda noted: "From adolescent of apedothike age in all kinds of sports, with the obvious aim to make ischyrwteros and antechi unto the long public fights, diaisthanotane, that will engage wholeheartedly throughout his life". After 50 years of public action and offer, Karasevdas died in March 1946 in Agrinio, a few days before the holding of the first elections of the post-war period.

About Nikos Choutas

Nikos Choutas is PhD c. of Political Science and History at Panteion University, Greece

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