Tom Whipple

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Just before the medal ceremony, and just after having his photograph taken with Teddy Roosevelt’s daughter, the winner of the 1904 Olympic marathon was stripped of his title. It turned out that he had hitched a lift for 11 miles.

The crown was hastily passed to Thomas Hicks, an American. He had won despite declaring that he was going to give up at 17 miles — and had finally made it across the line only after his coach gave him a dose of rat poison to perk him up.

He was lucky, and not just because his support car carried strychnine.…  Seguir leyendo »