1908 Olympic Marathon, London, Dorando Pietri stretches his huge lead, only to collapse in the stadium and be disqualified. Johnny Hayes of the USA finished 2nd but was declared the winner.

1908 Olympic Marathon, London, Dorando Pietri stretches his huge lead, only to collapse in the stadium and be disqualified. Johnny Hayes of the USA finished 2nd but was declared the winner.

Italian Dorando Pietri holds a commanding lead in the 1908 Olympic marathon in London, well before falling victim to exhaustion with less that 400 meters remaining.  He was disqualified and American Johnny Hayes claimed the gold medal and  victory.

Italian Dorando Pietri holds a commanding lead in the 1908 Olympic marathon in London, well before falling victim to exhaustion with less that 400 meters remaining. He was disqualified and American Johnny Hayes claimed the gold medal and victory.

Emil Zatopek, Czechoslovakia,  en route to the gold medal in the marathon, 1952 Olympic Games~ Helsinki, Finland by Nat Farbman

Emil Zatopek, Czechoslovakia, en route to the gold medal in the marathon, 1952 Olympic Games~ Helsinki, Finland by Nat Farbman

Dorando Pietri with a commanding lead in the marathon, approaching the Olympic stadium in London, 1908.  Moments later he collapsed from exhaustion and failed to finish without assistance.  He was disqualified and Johnny Hayes of the USA who finished 2nd, would be declared the winner.

Dorando Pietri with a commanding lead in the marathon, approaching the Olympic stadium in London, 1908. Moments later he collapsed from exhaustion and failed to finish without assistance. He was disqualified and Johnny Hayes of the USA who finished 2nd, would be declared the winner.

Eric Liddell of Scotland wins the 400 meters final and the Olympic Gold medal~ 1924 Olympic Games~ Paris, France.  Liddell's life  would later become the basis for the Academy Award Winning movie "Chariots of Fire" in 1980.

Eric Liddell of Scotland wins the 400 meters final and the Olympic Gold medal~ 1924 Olympic Games~ Paris, France. Liddell's life would later become the basis for the Academy Award Winning movie "Chariots of Fire" in 1980.

Johnny Hayes, 1908 Olympic Marathon, London.  Hayes finishes 2nd to Dorando Pietri of Italy, but is declared the winner when Pietri collapses near the finish line and is illegally assisted.

Johnny Hayes, 1908 Olympic Marathon, London. Hayes finishes 2nd to Dorando Pietri of Italy, but is declared the winner when Pietri collapses near the finish line and is illegally assisted.

Jesse Owens, USA takes the baton for the last leg of the 4 x 100 meter Olympic final in which the USA won the gold medal in world record time. Berlin, 1936

Jesse Owens, USA takes the baton for the last leg of the 4 x 100 meter Olympic final in which the USA won the gold medal in world record time. Berlin, 1936

Emil Zatopek of Czechoslovakia starts last lap in 10,000 meters, where he set a new Olympic record while winning the gold medal. London, 1948 by Frank Scherschel—Time-Life Pictures

Emil Zatopek of Czechoslovakia starts last lap in 10,000 meters, where he set a new Olympic record while winning the gold medal. London, 1948 by Frank Scherschel—Time-Life Pictures

Italian Dorando Pietri is illegally assisted across the finish line and is the apparent winner of the 1908 Olympic marathon in London.  After a protest is filed, Pietri is disqualified and Johnny Hayes of the USA is declared the winner of the gold medal. ~ by Hulton-Deutsch Collection / Corbis

Italian Dorando Pietri is illegally assisted across the finish line and is the apparent winner of the 1908 Olympic marathon in London. After a protest is filed, Pietri is disqualified and Johnny Hayes of the USA is declared the winner of the gold medal. ~ by Hulton-Deutsch Collection / Corbis

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