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Showdown at Shepherd's Bush: The 1908 Olympic Marathon and the Three Runners Who Launched a Sporting Craze

 
 
Author
David Davis.
Publisher Thomas Dunne  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 1 inches
ISBN 9780312641009
Pages/Publication Date 308/2012
Daedalus Item Code 43012
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London, 1908: The world watched as three runners—Irish-American Johnny Hayes, who grew up running barefoot through the streets of New York City; Italian candy maker Dorando Pietri; and famed Onondaga-Canadian runner Tom Longboat—converged for the finish of the first 26.2-mile Olympic marathon. An exhausted Pietri was the first to enter the stadium at Shepherd's Bush, but collapsed several times and was aided by officials, resulting in the title being given to the runner-up, Hayes. Sportswriter David Davis captures the drama of the event—set in the context of other newly inaugurated world championships—that inspired a global passion for the competitive long-distance marathon.

"Although the focus is on just one event at the 1908 Olympics, the text places the marathon in the context of the evolution of the Olympics and other major sporting competitions during this period, including the World Series, World Cup, and Tour de France. Davis expertly weaves the tale of these three dynamic men into the changing political landscape of the day, detailing the racism Longboat faced as a Native American, the hardscrabble life in the tenements of New York for Hayes, and the effects of the recent unification of Italy on Pietri.... A must-read for Olympics fans."—Booklist

 
 
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