Or, more broadly, did any of the ancient cultures keep records of their athletic competitions? If not, when did this practice start? What is the oldest known sports record?
I’m thinking that for speed-based events (e.g., running), it would’ve been impossible for the ancients to record times because of inadequate or nonexistent timekeeping technology, but did they even keep tabs on who the winners were for each event? For distance events (e.g., javelin), I’d imagine that there should’ve been standardized units of measure (within each society, at least) so that record-keeping would’ve been possible if they were inclined to do it, no? And speaking of units of measure, were the speed events run on courses of standardized distances?
Apologies if this question has already been asked recently, what with the Olympics going on and all.