What contest does Odysseus win among the Phaeacians after being taunted that he is no athlete?

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In Book 8 when the Phaeacians hold games in honor of Odysseus, the athletes ask Prince Laodamas, the favorite son of King Alcinous, to invite Odysseus to compete. Initially Odysseus declines, saying he has his mind on going home rather than on playing games, but when he is insulted by one of the brash young athletes who suggests that Odysseus is not capable of competing, Odysseus angrily snatches up a discus and flings it farther than anyone else had previously thrown it. Disguised, Athena declares him the winner of this contest.