The Olympic Marathon by David Martin, Roger Gynn

By David Martin, Roger Gynn

No Olympic occasion can rival the wealthy background and grand spectacle of the marathon. Created for the 1st glossy Olympic video games in Athens in 1896 as a commemoration of the mythical run through the Greek messenger Philippides, the race has persevered like no different, generating a century of awe-inspiring pageant and unforgettable tales.

The Olympic Marathon brings the excessive drama and wealthy information of the earlier 24 Olympic marathon races to existence in a manner no different booklet ever has. This definitive source, written by means of world-renowned Olympic marathon specialists David Martin and Roger Gynn, is going past information to provide readers a shiny chronicle of the athletes and their memorable marathon performances.

Fans will relive the compelling moments that experience made the Olympic marathon mythical: Spiridon Louis profitable the 1st sleek Olympic marathon in Athens in 1896, Emil Zátopek's dramatic triple-gold functionality in 1952, Ethiopian Abebe Bikila profitable a gold medal whereas operating barefoot, Joan Benoit Samuelson incomes her position in heritage as winner of the 1st Olympic women's marathon in 1984, and plenty of different interesting tales.

For every one race, The Olympic Marathon presents the following:
-A precis of the geographical environment and political weather surrounding the Olympic flow

-A direction map and particular road description

-A step by step narrative of ways the race used to be run

-Biographical sketches of the head 3 finishers

-A “Looking forward” part, which summarizes marathon highlights best as much as the subsequent Olympic marathon
Generously illustrated, frequently with infrequent and never-before-published images, a pictorial glimpse is supplied into the modern surroundings and dynamics of every race. Plus, for readers who wish entire information on every one race, the publication offers a accomplished appendix. integrated are chronological and alphabetical race effects for all women and men who participated within the occasion and listings of the quickest men's and women's Olympic marathon performances.

The Olympic Marathon is the authoritative publication at the race that has captured the mind's eye of the realm. it is a exclusive source that each fan of operating and the Olympics will treasure.

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The nearly 30 minutes Little else is It in results between this and the Paris Olympic race shows the influence of the heat on performance, as the two courses were similar in dis- time difference tance. 36 1 900-Michel Theato Triumphs in Torrid Paris Race Although Swedish. Fast ran only one marathon in Sweden, which he did not He did, however, run in the inaugural Danish marathon championship finish. on April it. 1898 in Copenhagen, placing fourth 3:11:31) at young age of L7 years. In 1902. he again competed in and won the Danish marathon championship in Copenhagen (2:50:30) and set another Swedish national record.

3). The most complete description of the race was by Charalambos Anninos. whose account is in the Official Report (Anninos 1896). Although it is difficult to know this is the most accurate description of the race, we will use as a Starting point and offer plausible modifications as appropriate. In retrospect, il it the Official Report of the 1896 subsequent Games Games is relatively detailed: similar reports of give only cursory marathon coverage 12 at best. 3 Artist's 896— Spiridon Louis Victorious for Greece sketch of Spiridon Louis approaching the sphendone accompa- nied by one of the crown princes, who is tipping his hat Courtesy of Amateur Athletic Foundation Sports in salute to the winner.

At the Porte Villette (14 kilometers), site of the Paris abattoir (slaughterhouse), the road was further congested by wandering sheep and cows. 3 The start of the Paris Olympic marathon. Note the dense tree cover within left, dressed in white, is Ernst Fast [SWE] (number Auguste Marchais [FRA] (number 13). Immediately to his left, dressed in black, are two British runners, Derek Randall (number 11) and William Saward (number 9). The next, with bib number 8, is Sweden's Johan Nystrom, but the two beside him are unidentified.

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