The stadion race (about 190 metres) was the only competition in the first 13 Olympiads. He was the first recorded victor in the Olympic games, and from this time onwards, the dates of the Greeks seem to have been accurately recorded. The prize he received was an olive branch, though the honor of winning was more prestigious than the actual prize. 
According to tradition, he defeated the demon Poene, whom Apollo had sent into the country of the Argives. He was represented on his tomb in the act of killing Poene, and his statue, which was made of stone, was one of the most ancient that Pausanias saw in the whole of Greece.