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.
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.
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