History will forever tell that Dorando Pietri did not win the marathon, but his tale is certainly the most colourful.
Sending a huge delegation of athletes overseas 107 years ago was not straightforward. And while participation numbers in London were up on 1904, it was still an issue.The case of South African teenager Reggie Walker, who was just 19 when he competed in London, was a high-profile one. He was his country’s reigning 100m champion, a feat achieved while working as a bank clerk, but was not expected to make a huge impact at the Olympics. No African had yet won a medal at a Games, and Walker almost missed out on the chance to have a go himself.