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26.2 [Paperback]

John Bryant
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1 April 2013
In the space of 24 hours in July 1908, two of the most dramatic events in sporting history came to a climax at the first London Olympic Games. The 2013 London Marathon will mark the 105th time the race has been run at a distance of 26 miles 385 yards, a standard that is now accepted worldwide. But in 1908, the destinies of three remarkable men collided in a thrilling battle that overshadowed not only the race, but the Games themselves. An aristocratic British soldier who believed fair play was more important than winning, an American orphan driven to escape crushing poverty and an Italian who valued fame more highly than victory met that day in a series of events that have defined sport ever since, when Dorando Pietri staggered into the stadium, turned the wrong way, and fell five times before being practically carried across the finish line. The ensuing row couldn't have been further from the image of genteel Edwardian London or the spirit of sportsmanship espoused by the Olympic movement, and when Scottish sprinter Wyndham Halswelle and American Johnny Hayes were dragged into the dispute, a fierce war between the United States and the British Empire spilled over into politics and ethics with allegations of drug-taking and unprofessionalism.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: John Blake Publishing (1 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1782193588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1782193586
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 975,025 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Bryant has worked in Fleet Street since 1971. He is a promoter, developer, and competitor of the London Marathon and is writing this book with the endorsement of David Bedford, race director, (former world 10k meter record holder) making this the official guide to the marathon as we know it.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant account of 1908 marathon and games 5 July 2014
By T.E.W.
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a great book. It is well written and well researched and is a fascinating account of both the 1908 marathon and the London Olympics of that year. The back stories of Wyndham Halswelle, Dorando Pietri and Johnny Hayes bring the events to life and Dorando's tale, in particular, deserves a biopic. If you have even a passing interest in the marathon or sports history you will enjoy this book. My only reservation is that "26.2" is described on its cover as "the incredible true story of the three men who shaped the London Marathon" but Halswelle's tale, though poignant, moving and a crucial part of the tale of the 1908 games, is a bit incongruous as part of the marathon story. It was difficult to understand quite why his story was given such prominence. This book would have received five stars if the author had concentrated a little more on the other competitors in the marathon and the fascinating native American runner Tom Longboat in particular.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 16 April 2014
By Dan C
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Fantastic read for anyone who has completed a marathon or is thinking of doing one! A really great story of where the marathon distance 26.2 really was defined
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Tale 25 Dec 2013
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Well researched, well written and a must read for those interested in Marathon running. The here's name will be familiar, his history not. Great stuff!
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