Jumping and Running 

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Cup (Kylix) with Athlete using Jumping Weights


Date: 510 – 500 BC

Place: From Athens, Greece, probably found in Capua, Italy.


Photographed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts  USA.






Jumping Weight


Date: 6th – 4th century BC

Place: probably Athens, Greece


Photographed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts  USA.


Made of Lead.



Jumping Weights


Date: Late 6th or early 5th century BC

Place: Corinth, Greece


Photographed at the National Archeological Museum of Athens, Athens, Greece.


Made from river stone. Jumping weights were used to aid the momentum of athletes who started off using them and left them behind in the middle of the jump.




Stone Jumping Weight – Left Hand


Date: Roman Period

Place: Unknown


Photographed at the British Museum, London, England. 


This weight has carved finger grips and weighs 2.23 kg.




Date: unknown

Place: Greek


Photographed at the Vatican Museum, Vatican City, Italy.


The apostle Paul wrote:

“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” 1 Corinthians 9:24 – 25.

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