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The Man Who Lost A Race But Won The Hearts Of Millions

The story of one man’s determination and courage to finish a race

Reuben Salsa
Nov 25, 2020 · 5 min read
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Dorando Pietri of Italy, on the verge of collapse, is helped across the finish line in the Marathon event of the Olympic Games in London, 24th July 1908. He was subsequently disqualified and the title was given to John Hayes of the USA. Photo in the public domain.

“It is horrible, yet fascinating, this struggle between a set purpose and an utterly exhausted frame.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle describing Pietri’s finish.

The Race

Post Race

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Queen Alexandra presents a special cup to Dorando. Photo in the public domain.
YouTube video posted by Arthur Conan Doyle Encyclopedia

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