26.2 - The Incredible True Story of the Three Men Who Shaped The London Marathon

By John Bryant

26.2 - The Incredible True Story of the Three Men Who Shaped The London Marathon Look inside
  • ISBN: 9781782196204
  • Publication Date: 6 May 2013
  • Format: eBook (ePub)
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing
  • Imprint: Metro

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Synopsis

This is the thrilling account of heroism, ambition and scandal of three remarkable men whose actions at the 1908 Olympics overshadowed the first London Olympic Games…. A diminutive Italian, Dorando Pietri, who fell five times, and was practically carried across the finish line. Scottish sprinter, Wyndham Halswelle and American competitor, Johnny Hayes who were drawn into a dispute between the United States and the British Empire about sporting superiority which spilled over into politics, lifestyle and ethics, with allegations of cheating, drug-taking and professionalism. John Bryant delves into the lives of these three extraordinary men in a tale that stretches from rural Italy to the battlefields of the Boer War and beyond to explore the foundations of the modern sporting and marathon movement.

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