FOR most individuals, operating within the London Marathon is the final word take a look at of endurance.
Even elite athlete’s battle with the acute route – Callum Hawkins collapsed only one mile in need of the end line on the Commonwealth Video games. This is the lowdown on the route and simply how far it’s…
What was the unique marathon?
The marathon has been an Olympic distance because the first fashionable video games have been held in Athens in 1896.
It will get its identify from the mythic run of messenger Pheidippides who introduced information of the Greek victory over the Persians within the battle of Marathon in 490BC
On arrival on Athens he mentioned “Rejoice, we’re victorious” after which dropped useless.
Throughout the 1896 Athens video games the primary Olympic marathon was run from Marathon Bridge to the Olympic stadium within the Greek capital, a distance of 40km or 26 miles.
Within the first race, solely one of many eighteen rivals – in these days all males – had ever ran the complete distance in coaching.
They lined up behind a cavalry horse on the beginning line and native athlete Spiridon Louis, a former soldier who labored as a water supply man, gained in a time of two:58:50.
So the London Marathon is 26 miles, proper?
Unsuitable. London Marathon is 26 miles and 385 yards.
When the Olympic Video games got here to London in 1908 a course was measured from Windsor Citadel to the brand new White Metropolis Stadium in west London.
Queen Alexandra could be readily available to see them cross the road however she requested the beginning of the race be moved again to the East Garden of the citadel so the Royal kids might see it from their nursery.
The additional distance proved an excessive amount of for runner Dorando Pietri, who collapsed after being first over the end line, in entrance of the Queen.
Pietri was subsequently disqualified as he had been helped over the end line by two officers and the gold medal went to Johnny Hayes.
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The Italian was, however, awarded a special silver cup by the Queen.
The 26 miles 385 yards distance was adopted by athletics’ governing body the IAAF in 1921 and it is assumed to derive from the 1908 games.
There are more than 500 organised marathons in 64 countries around the world each year, with more than 425,000 marathon finishers in the United States alone.
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