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 lifestyles in a fashion no different ebook ever has. This definitive source, written by means of world-renowned Olympic marathon specialists David Martin and Roger Gynn, is going past facts to supply readers a vibrant 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 glossy Olympic marathon in Athens in 1896, Emil Zátopek's dramatic triple-gold functionality in 1952, Ethiopian Abebe Bikila successful a gold medal whereas operating barefoot, Joan Benoit Samuelson incomes her position in background as winner of the 1st Olympic women's marathon in 1984, and lots of different attention-grabbing tales.

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

-A direction map and exact highway description

-A step by step narrative of the way the race was once run

-Biographical sketches of the head 3 finishers

-A “Looking forward” part, which summarizes marathon highlights top as much as the subsequent Olympic marathon
Generously illustrated, usually 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 whole data on each one race, the booklet presents a entire appendix. incorporated 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 e-book at the race that has captured the mind's eye of the realm. it is a distinctive source that each fan of working and the Olympics will treasure.

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2 kilometers, October 4, winner Hallstein Bjerke [NOR] in 3:34:36), and Denmark (Copenhagen, 40 kilometers, October 25, winner Christian Andersen [DEN] 3:26:30). The French McDermott [USA] race was in 3:25:56), Hungary (Aszod, for professionals only. 7 kilometers) but probably shorter, won by McDermott in 2:55:10. 1898: Germany became the seventh nation to stage a marathon (Leipzig, 40 3, winner Arthur Techtow [GER] in 3: 1 9:05). Italy was the eighth (Milan, 40 kilometers, October 30, winner Ettore Zilia [ITA] in 2:44:40).

Tbe 19-20. Lennartz, K. 1998. Following the footsteps of Breal. Journal of Olympic History 6 10. Lennartz. K. 1999. memorable tory' (1): first Olympic champion of the 18% marathon race narrates. In That marathon. Bi|kerk. AT. Young. Journal of Olympic His- 10-11. Mallon, M.. and T. Widlund. 1998 The 1896 Olympic Games. Jefferson, NO McFarland. Games 1896-1996. Athens: Morites. K. 1997. Spiridon Louis- a legend in the Olympic John Fazdekis. Quercetani. L. A 1990 Athletics. Milano: Yallardi & history of modern track & field athletics (1860-1990).

To be selected for the Greek Olympic team from this event, athletes were told they had to better the time of the Panhellenic Games winner (3:18:00). Again, only the names and times of the first 6 finishers are known: Ioannis Lavrentis (3:11:27 Ioannis Vrettos (3:12:30), Eleitherios Papasimeon (3:13:37), Ilias Kafetzis (3:15:50). Spiridon Louis (3:18:27), and Stamatios Masouris (3:19:15). Louis had declared his entry only a few hours before the race. Louis and Masouris finished outside the time limit, but for at least two reasons were also selected to the Olympic team.

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