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- DescriptionThe eyes of the world watched as three runners - dirt poor Johnny Hayes, who used to run barefoot through the streets of New York City; candy maker Dorando Pietri; and the famed Tom Longboat - converged for an epic battle at the 1908 London Olympics. The incredible finish was contested the world over when Pietri, who initially ran the wrong way upon entering the stadium at Shepherd's Bush, finished first but was disqualified for receiving aid from officials after collapsing just shy of the finish line, thus giving the title to runner-up Hayes. In the midst of anti-American sentiment, Queen Alexandria awarded a special cup to Pietri, who became an international celebrity and inspired one of Irving Berlin's first songs. David Davis recalls a time when runners braved injurious roads with slips of leather for shoes and when marathon mania became a worldwide obsession. Standing next to Cait Murphy's Crazy '08 as an invaluable look at a bygone sporting era, this dramatic narrative is aimed at the record setting number of marathon participants in the United States (more than 500,000 in 2010!) and nicely for the return of the Olympics to London in 2012.
- Author BiographyDAVID DAVIS is a contributing writer at Los Angeles Magazine and a contributing editor for SportsLetter. His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Smithsonian Magazine, The New York Times and The Best American Sports Writing anthology. He lives in Glassell Park, CA.
- Author(s)David Davis
- PublisherThomas Dunne Books
- Date of Publication09/07/2012
- SubjectAthletics & Gymnastics
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThomas Dunne Books
- Out-of-print date06/11/2013
- Content Noteone 8-page b&w photo insert
- Weight413 g
- Width140 mm
- Height210 mm
- Spine31 mm
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