Olympic Marathon Winners
For a complete list of the winners, see the list of Olympic Games men winners and women winners.
Marathon Runners Trivia
- In the marathon in 1900, Fred Lorz hitched a ride in a car for eleven miles, and was briefly taken as being the winner until this was brought to notice.
- In London 1908,
Italian Dorando Pietri needed to be helped across the finish line of the marathon, and was declared the winner before being disqualified in favor of Johnny Hayes of the U.S.
- The Korean Kitei Song (Kee ChungSohn) won the marathon at the 1936 Games in Berlin running, unhappily, in Japanese colors because his country was occupied by Japan.
- In Rome, 1960, Ethiopian marathoner Abebe Bikila, running barefoot, became the first black African to take home a gold medal. Four years later in 1964, Abebea was the first man to successfully
defend the marathon title. This time less than six weeks after having his appendix removed. He only wore shoes
for the second victory.
- In 1968 one of the greatest inspirational stories from the Olympics: "My country did not send me 10,000 miles just to start the race; they sent me to finish the race." John Stephen Akhwari, from Tanzania, the last to finish the marathon.
- In 1972 American Frank Shorter pulled the US into the running boom
by winning the gold medal in the marathon at the Munich Olympics.
Shorter was actually born in Munich.
- Joan Benoit of the USA won the first women's Olympic marathon in Los Angeles