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Dorando Pietri

Full name: Dorando Pietri
Gender: Male
Born: October 16, 1885 in Correggio, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Died: February 7, 1942 in San Remo, Imperia, Italy
Affiliations: La Patria Carpi
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Athletics

Biography

Dorando Pietri is the most famous loser in Olympic history. Entering the stadium at the end of the 1908 Olympic marathon he held a comfortable lead over Johnny Hayes (USA), but then collapsed five times and had to be helped across the finishing line. This assistance from well-meaning officials resulted in his disqualification but, in defeat, Pietri's fame far exceeded that of the winner. Queen Alexandra presented him with a large gold cup which was an exact replica of the one awarded to the Olympic champion, and Irving Berlin wrote the popular song "Dorando" in his honor. Pietri turned professional shortly after the 1908 Olympics and enjoyed a successful career in America and Europe.

Personal Best: Mar – 2-38:49 (1910).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1906 Summer 20 Athina Athletics Men's Marathon Italy ITA AC DNF
1908 Summer 22 London Athletics Men's Marathon Italy ITA AC DQ
1908 Summer 22 London Athletics Men's 3 mile, Team Italy ITA 2 h1 r1/2

Men's Marathon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1906 Summer 20 Athina Athletics Italy Final Standings AC DNF
1908 Summer 22 London Athletics Italy Final Standings AC DQ [2-54:46.4]

Men's 3 mile, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP
1908 Summer 22 London Athletics Italy ITA Final Standings 2 h1 r1/2
1908 Summer 22 London Athletics Italy ITA Round One Heat One 2 DNF DNF
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